Borrow an Instrument from VPL
The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library at VPL is a collection of instruments that you may borrow using your Vancouver Public Library card. The collection is located at the Central Library. Ask staff for assistance retrieving the instrument you want to borrow. The instruments can be found by searching the library catalogue.
Choosing an Acoustic Guitar
VPL offers left- and right-handed guitars in a variety of sizes: ½, ¾, and full size guitars. The guitars also come with nylon or steel strings.
Which guitar size is right for me? A general rule to follow is to gauge the guitar size based on the height of the player:
| Guitar Size
|| Height of Player*
|1/2 Size||3'10" - 4'5"||5-8 years|
|3/4 Size||4'6" - 4'11"||8-11 years|
|Full Size||5' & over||11+ years|
*Approximate sizing and measurements
For more information about choosing a guitar size, see Shepherd Guitar Studio's Guitar Sizing Guide.
Books on How to Play Guitar
|Guitar For Dummies by Mark Phillips||Guitar Chord Bible: 500 More Chords by Phil Capone||Learn to Play the Guitar by Phil Capone||The Only Guitar Book You'll Ever Need by Marc|
|Incredible Chord Finder: Easy To Use Guide to Over 1100 Chords||Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method by Jeff Schroedl||Music Theory by Tom Kolb||Learning the Classic Guitar by Aaron Shearer|