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Offline mswhat298

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« on: April 06, 2010, 03:20:40 PM »
My son is almost 4 and I got him one of those little First Step guitars for Christmas.  I tuned it to an open G so when he bangs on it it's not completely annoying.  ;  )

You think it's too early to start teaching him some basics?  

His little hands are too small to make chords right now but I'm thinking I might try to get him comfortable with how to hold the pick, how to strum, how to fret a string, etc.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010, 04:31:06 PM »
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I tuned it to an open G so when he bangs on it it's not completely annoying.

There's an attitude that's sure to promote positive practice habits... you could get the same result by removing the strings.
Why not teach him something instead of just letting him bang on it?
« Last Edit: April 06, 2010, 04:35:41 PM by Rocket »

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2010, 04:56:45 PM »
I got to side with Rocket on this one.. Never too young to teach it correctly. If they are too young to learn to do it correctly, they might be too young.  There is no magic age to start, but when they reach that age, the sense of accomplishment that keeps them going, is in the accomplishment.

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« Last Edit: April 06, 2010, 04:57:48 PM by Quinn Spalpeen »
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2010, 04:56:58 PM »
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There's an attitude that's sure to promote positive practice habits... you could get the same result by removing the strings.
Why not teach him something instead of just letting him bang on it?



Ha...you must not have kids.  He's 3.  Banging is inevitable man.

The point of this question was to get advice on where to start with a kid his age.  Basically, he's too young for general guitar lessons but surely there's something he can be doing.

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2010, 04:59:16 PM »
I thought you said 4, but 3?  In that case try Fisher Price.

Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.
Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

Washburn F10S (From Funky Munky, no G.C. stuff for me.)
Martin 00-15
Martin 000-28
Trinity College Bouzouki
Raul Emiliani Model 928 (Stradivari model)
Scott Cao STV-950 (Hellier model)
Eastman Master Model 905 (Stradivari model)
Roland F-110

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2010, 05:03:21 PM »
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I thought you said 4, but 3?  In that case try Fisher Price.



Yeah...he'll be 4 the end of the month.  He's really into it so hopefully that excitement will carry on when he's a little older.

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2010, 05:11:13 PM »
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Ha...you must not have kids.  He's 3.  Banging is inevitable man.

My oldest is 38, youngest is 26... and believe it or not, I was once one myself. All human behavior is subject to modification... for better or worse, depending on modifier.
Children are surprisingly adept at learning to play an instrument at a very early age which drops suddenly after age 12. Earlier is better.
Here's a couple of 5-year olds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWhEDej76HU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cLKJnBcees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njG_dQC-cnk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1QCc5lk35c
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 05:24:23 PM »
my teacher starts them as early as four.

i gifted my travel git to my niece, who was three in dec.

when i go south to visit family, we have guitar play dates.  my stepmother keeps her every day for a significant stretch of the day, and i leave 'reinforcement data' with her about the basics for when i'm not there. megan can tell you the names of the strings already.  not forming chords just yet, but i'm working on it.

i'm with Rocket and Quinn.  earlier is better.

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 05:43:21 PM »
Good...this is what I was hoping to hear.  That it is not too early.

The play date thing is a good idea.

Goodbye open G.  : )

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010, 05:56:20 PM »
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kid,,,,, and believe it or not, I was once one myself.


I'm working on imagining that,, hmmmm,, that's hard, maybe impossible to imagine.



Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.
Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

Washburn F10S (From Funky Munky, no G.C. stuff for me.)
Martin 00-15
Martin 000-28
Trinity College Bouzouki
Raul Emiliani Model 928 (Stradivari model)
Scott Cao STV-950 (Hellier model)
Eastman Master Model 905 (Stradivari model)
Roland F-110

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2010, 06:00:52 PM »
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I'm working on imagining that,, hmmmm,, that's hard, maybe impossible



Boggles the mind eh Quinn??  

Kidding Rocket....kidding!!

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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2010, 01:17:20 PM »
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Originally posted by Rocket

quote:
Originally posted by mswhat298

Ha...you must not have kids.  He's 3.  Banging is inevitable man.

My oldest is 38, youngest is 26... and believe it or not, I was once one myself. All human behavior is subject to modification... for better or worse, depending on modifier.
Children are surprisingly adept at learning to play an instrument at a very early age which drops suddenly after age 12. Earlier is better.
Here's a couple of 5-year olds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWhEDej76HU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cLKJnBcees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njG_dQC-cnk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1QCc5lk35c



I wish I could play like a 5-year old!

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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010, 01:20:57 PM »
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I'm working on imagining that,, hmmmm,, that's hard, maybe impossible



Boggles the mind eh Quinn??  

Kidding Rocket....kidding!!

Not necessary. I can take like I dish.... maybe more!

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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2010, 01:58:26 PM »
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I'm working on imagining that,, hmmmm,, that's hard, maybe impossible to imagine.
No, it's true, he's got pictures to prove it!
 

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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2010, 02:00:22 PM »
The open chord idea sounds good.  Just don't let him bang away.  Show him how to strum--no pick needed. Teach him the 1-4-5 thing.  He will probably recognise that as music.

Get him a little slide, no need to get into an argument of the best slide material.  Who cares what it sounds like, although glass may not be a good choice at his age.[;)]

Then show him some YouTube videos of Derek Trucks and stand back.[:D]
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