Anyone Have Advice for Teaching a 5 Yr Old.

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  1. rich815

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    Good advice here. I just bought my 7-year old daughter a left-handed Hello Kitty mini-strat last week as she simply loves my guitars but they’re way too big for her and she always turns them over to play left handed. I hooked it up to my Roland Cube and she loved it. Thinking to find a good teacher nearby but am hesitant to find one who works good with kids unlike the one you describe above. The search starts...
     
  2. JuneauMike

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    Wow, that seems very very young. Almost too young to be teaching music.

    My plan with my kids was to make clear that all my instruments are available to them and they should have fun with them. They haven't taken too much interest in them.

    A friend put his guitar where his kids could get to it and then told them not to touch it. They taught themselves. Go figure.
     
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    When my son was around six I would tune his Mini Strat to Open G and show him how to move between major chords up and down the fret board with one finger. He could pick up on a C-D-G progression pretty quickly without a lot of finger strength or dexterity and felt like he was really playing, which did a lot to boost his love of the guitar. I figured that, at that age, if I made things any more technical, it would just destroy his love of playing.
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    5 is too young
     
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    I tried to start at age six (mid 70s) and was told my hands were too small. This was before small scale guitars were widely available.

    My advice: Go to a professional music educator if you're serious. If you just want to have fun, I'd start with the major scale on one string, using the Sound of Music as a way to remember it. As a foundation, it's really solid imo.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. Lots of good advice. I imagine we'll go on for a bit more and that'll be it, but I'll make sure and tell her about the 8 yr old I gave lessons to and what a difference a few years can make. Then if he still has an interest, we'll try again.
     
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    My four year old is more into turning knobs and switches. I’m buying her two turntables and a microphone for her 5th BD. :D
     
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    Teach him to pee in the toilet, not on the rim, eat his vegetables, and be polite and respectful of his elders.

    And yes, I’m an instructor... ;) :D
     
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    At 5yo you should just be planting the seed by playing Zeppelin, AC/DC, Hall & Oats, Sabbath, Beatles, Floyd etc at a lowish volume on repeat 24/7 in the house and when riding in the car. That way he will be considered weird by his peers at school due to his love of the classics so will be ostracised and left with plenty of free time to practice when he gets to around 11yo.
     
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    It's always a bit disturbing to me when it seems that it's the parents with the desire, not the kid. Perhaps Mom or Dad learning to play would be a better influence on the child than any lessons they buy for him.

    It's good of you to try, though. At least you'll learn a lot, whether the 5-year-old does or not.
     
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    Teach him 2 or 3 chords and give him simple, but fun, songs to sing..Then bit by bit slowly ease him in to learning the more advanced stuff..
    I've had young ones come around and play my ukulele..They don't want to leave..I have to run them off..
     
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