Your son or daughter may have recently expressed an interest in learning how to play an instrument, or you may wish to introduce this form of hobby into their life. If this is the case then you will probably be wondering what you need to do to successfully help them in their journey.
Unless they have expressed a desire to play a specific instrument such as the piano or the violin then I highly recommend that they take up learning the guitar. The guitar is easily the most popular instrument in the world today, and the learning process is relatively straightforward and will be beneficial to them if they want to learn additional instruments in the future.
There are a number of things you need to consider in the early stages and of course there is some equipment you’re going to have to buy. You also need to make sure that your son or daughter is committed to learning this instrument, as patience and diligence are required if your child wishes to be successful in their endeavor.
Once you have introduced your child to the idea of learning to play the guitar the next thing you’re going to need to get is obviously a guitar. Avoid buying electric guitars and instead search for an acoustic model.
At this stage you don’t need to be spending lots of money on the instrument as the most important thing is to get the child familiar with the various basic chord formations.
You should be able to find a suitable second hand model in your local music store, but if you’re having difficulty locating a guitar then I recommend searching on websites such as eBay or Gumtree. Once you have found a adequate model the best thing you can do is encourage your son or daughter to learn how to read tablature, and to practice playing the basic chords for at least one hour per night.
I would advise this as it will make the child much more confident in beginning their tutorials, and this in turn can lead to enthusiasm and a greater sense of discipline. Learning how to play the guitar is a very beneficial skill that your child will appreciate for the rest of their life.
Once your son or daughter has become somewhat familiar with basic chords you can then start to think about enrolling them in classes. There is a range of styles of class they can get involved in, and these include group lessons with a number of other beginners or one on one sessions.
However, I suggest that you consider using online tutorials to teach your child how to play guitar, as there a number of benefits that can be gained from using search a service. Online tutorials, similar to one on one sessions allow your child to fully focus on what’s at hand. Lessons can be replayed to allow the child to practice particular chords and as they are pre-recorded you can fit tutorials around existing schedules.
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James Murphy is a music blogger who taught himself how to play guitar along with a number of other instruments. James enjoys dividing his time between working on new compositions and focusing on his fictional writing.