Getting the right size and type of guitar for a young beginner is very important. Generally I recommend buying an acoustic guitar with nylon strings, as these are much easier on the fingers! A 1/2 size instrument would be suitable for an age range of 5 – 8, and a 3/4 size instrument for ages 8 – 12. 

It is also helpful to have a decent, padded gig bag, a capo and some spare strings.

These are some of the more useful articles I’ve found on the web.

The most important thing is the guitar is a comfortable size to play, and the strings aren’t too high off the fretboard. Online reviews of instruments are a good resource, but it can also help going along to a music shop and trying a few instruments out.

Mixcloud is a website that enables users to compile and distribute their own radio shows. I thought it might be interesting way to present some of the guitar music I was (and still am) inspired by. The first is a compilation of tracks by the legendary American guitarist, Chet Atkins. I’ll try to post a few more in the coming months.

This is a question I am often asked. Ideally, of course, it is best to set aside 20 minutes daily. However, it is often difficult to get into a routine like this, so the most important thing is to get into the habit of trying to play every day, even if just for a few minutes. It is best to keep the guitar easily available, ideally on a stand, then, rather than immediately ploughing through the latest challenging piece, simply play your favourite songs and pieces (after a suitable warm-up, of course!) After this, you could then perhaps practice your latest piece or exercises in a more focussed way.