Advice for parents seeking to purchase instruments
Recommended Music Shop - Andertons of Guildford
Andertons have been trading since 1964 and are a family owned business. They are open 7 days a week and hold a vast selection of stock. We have always been pleased with their customer service. We do not receive any sort of commission for recommending them.
British School Of Rock students are eligible for discounts on purchases made at Andertons Music Store in Guildford (not online)
In order to qualify please phone 01483 456888 and ask for Pete Huggins, or email firstname.lastname@example.org telling him what you want to buy and that you have a child with British School of Rock. The discount cannot be a simple percentage as retailers' margins vary substantially across different instruments and manufacturers. Hence you must contact Pete Huggins to obtain a price before arranging to visit the store. If you wish to try the instrument before you purchase it - visit the store, and having made your choice, phone Pete Huggins. The educational discount is only obtainable in this way.
Advice on Guitars, left handed Guitars and recommended Guitar packages
Unless you know what you are doing, do not buy a secondhand guitar. One that has a warped or twisted neck or a very high action that cannot be adjusted is pretty much useless, and you would be wasting your money. A good quality beginner's instrument is relatively cheap, and if looked after will have a reasonable second-hand value. We recommend this package, which includes everything that a young guitarist needs. If you have been advised that your child needs a 3/4 size (small) the the one We recommend is here
Left handed guitars are, sadly, more expensive. Some guitar teachers believe that left-handed players can benefit from choosing to play right handed, but many others believe the opposite! In the end to comes down to personal choice and what the individual feels most comfortable with. We recommend this package,
Advice on Bass Guitars, left handed Basses and recommended Bass package
Unless you know what you are doing, do not buy a secondhand bass. A good quality beginner's instrument is relatively cheap, though more expensive than a guitar, and if looked after will have a reasonable second-hand value. If you need a full sized bass We recommend this package, which includes everything that a young bassist needs. If you just want a suitable short scale bass then we recommend this package. Alternatively , this is also an excellent short scale bass
Left handed basses are more expensive. In the end it comes down to personal choice and what the individual feels most comfortable with. This is a link to a good beginner's left handed bass.
Advice on Drums and recommended Drum package
The minimum standard of kit that we would recommend is the one that we use for the Little Rockers classes (click here), which is significantly cheaper than the kit that we use in the main school, and has an identical pad layout. Don't forget you will need a drum stool as well! The main school kit is portable - it has now been superseded by this upgraded model with mesh heads (Click here for new portable kit)