Help with Arduino & Servos

Hey everyone, I found Arduino while doing research for a college project and it seems like a good fit for what we need, I just need help getting started. I wanted to use a servo motor controlled by Arduino to tighten and loosen a strap around a circular object. Also it needs to apply a decent amount of pressure to the object (about 5-10 lbs) to get a stiffness reading. Where should I start in terms of Arduino and Servos?

Motor Shield - Arduino motor/stepper/servo control would this work?

Sorry but a motor shield is not what is needed for a servo. A servo simply accepts PPM signals. You can get the arduino to produce these through the servo library, no need for any extra hardware. What you need is a good servo and an external power supply to drive it.

Thanks! I'll get to it.