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Changing Guitar Strings - Acoustic or Electric! (Ages 12-14)

In this course we will walk through all the steps of changing guitar strings, including removing old strings, cleaning and basic maintenance, installing fresh strings, and tuning the guitar back to standard pitch.
Travis Barker
23 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Students will learn all information needed to effectively change strings on an acoustic or electric guitar, and should come away from the course with a great sounding instrument! 

After the first lesson, learners should be able to identify all parts of the guitar involved in the string changing process, remove old guitar strings, and properly clean their guitar as well as preform basic maintenance such as tightening any loose screws, making sure all hardware is set at a reasonable level, etc. 

After the second lesson, learners should be able to perform all the necessary steps to install fresh strings on their guitar, as well as tune the guitar to original pitch and use proper techniques to prevent string slipping or detuning. 
Materials needed: - First and foremost, guitar strings! I most commonly use Ernie Ball Regular Slinky electric guitar strings and Ernie Ball Earthwood Light acoustic guitar strings. - A soft surface to place the guitar on, preferably on a table. A yoga mat, piece of carpet, blanket, or towel would work for this. - A soft surface to rest the neck of the guitar. A rolled up towel or other fabric would work. - Something to cut the excess guitar strings! A string cutter would be great, but a small wire cutter or a small pair of needle-nosed pliers would be fine too. - A soft cloth and spray bottle filled with water for use in cleaning the guitar. A few paper towels could be useful too! - A guitar tuner or tuning app - For acoustic guitar players: a bridge pin puller. This is recommended to prolong the life of the bridge pins and prevent scratching, but in a pinch, a small pair of needle-nosed pliers could work too.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will be handling a sharp instrument in order to cut guitar strings (string cutter, small pair of wire cutters, or a small pair of needle-nosed pliers).


Travis BarkerContemporary music instructor
23 total reviews
42 completed classes

About Me

I am a music instructor from Central Kansas! I graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Central Christian College of Kansas in May 2019, and have since been working as the Director of Musical Arts for a nonprofit program, and teaching as a private... 
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