Cover of Neon by John Mayer – Guitar

Cover of Neon by John Mayer by Vince Hearn, Guitar Tutor at Guitar Academy Petersfield

Studio version cover performed to a backing track sourced online.
Just one of the track we have taught recently at Guitar Academy Petersfield. For one to one tuition and advice please contact us or check out our website.

Essential Kit for Guitarists


Its a fact that your a Guitarist now or soon to be one. Your gonna need some cool kit. Here is our low down on what you need and what you don't.


You will break your strings. They will even get rusty and black and lose their tone when all the dead skin from your fingers cling to them. So get some spares. Most electrics come with a gauge 10. But if you want something a little lighter to play then why not try a 9?

If your looking to get more metal or have hands made of steel then try thicker strings. But BEWARE! changing the strings from a 10 to 9 or vice versa is no big deal. Going bigger may compromise your guitar set up and intonation. So seek professional advice before attempting the tranisition.

A Tuner

You can't carry your teacher with you. So buy a tuner. They come in all shapes and sizes and designs. But get a digital chromatic tuner and your all set. The most important thing you need to do every time you play is tune your guitar.

A slight breeze (change in temperature), putting it in a case, or knocking it will put your guitar out of tune.


You will want to play a song that uses a capo.

So get one! We recommend the daddario ns capo or artist capo. You can also get some cheaper ones on ebay for a couple of quid. But in our experience. Buy cheap buy twice.

Also don't use the capo as an excuse not to learn bar chords!


A good guitar lead is also essential. Get a good quality one! Go for a well respected brand name and you can't go wrong. Cheap leads off ebay will let you down. Especially when your playing in front of loads of people. They seem to know when to make you look foolish.

A Case or Gig Bag

Protect your investment with a good padded case or hard case. Standard really.

A Tutor

You can learn quicker with a Teacher 😉

Vince, Sam and Ben are here to help.

Interview with Sam Darby the Band.

Last week We had Sam Darby the Band at the Guitar Academy Petersfield. Giving us an exclusive performance of their song Gabbo (Is Coming) and interview. The band consist of music students from Guildford and Petersfield and Guitar Academy Student Oliver.

Check out their performance on you tube.


How to Get More GIGs.

This weekend I was reading some articles online and in a famous guitar magazine. These articles had features on how to get more gigs and had some great tips in but also some bad advice for current and future musicians.

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How to Read Guitar Tab

How to read Tab (Tablature)

Tabs tell you how a song is played on the guitar. Its different from traditional notation as it uses a series of numbers instead of symbols to tell you the notes to play.

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Guitars for Beginners

What guitar is best for a beginner?

For contemporary guitarists.

There are loads of guitars out there of different brands and designs so it can be confusing which one to buy for a complete beginner.

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