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Helping your child get ready to learn the guitar

Learning a musical instrument is an endeavour that last many years. There is a big commitment for parents to send their kids to music lessons. I hear so many parents to say my child has been asking me for lessons for three weeks and I finally gave in!

This is because parents know how many things that children sign up for and then give up very shortly because of the change of heart. So how can you make sure that your child is prepared and you can support them in the right ways so that they can enjoyed learning guitar in the long term. 

Set up the right expectations

Children want to enjoy doing what they do and a lot of parents have different expectations to the child and to the guitar teacher

It’s important for you to have the right expectation of what to expect when your child is learning a musical instrument. Especially if you don’t play one yourself. And also for your child to have for expectations.

We hear a lot of parents have never played an instrument before having a lot of opinion of what they think their child should be doing when they’re learning to play the guitar. 

Different Schools, different philosophies

When actually different guitar schools have different philosophies and how best to help your child learn to play a musical instrument. So I’ll just share some of us. 

Some schools are very orientated towards your child completing grades. This is  very common. This is how a lot of students have learnt for the past 50 years and is great I’ve been invented, often parents like it because it’s a mark of how well their child is progressing. And you can compare yourself to other people’s children. 

Often teachers to teach with this philosophy have a very classic approach to their teaching as well. 15 minutes of scales 15 minutes of one piece 15 minutes of another piece during the lesson. Modest does work as in learning mechanism for children. Children find it rather tedious and not very fun.

Which approach is going to right for you and your child?

Find out more in Part 2 of this article.

Giving the right support network for your child to help them learn music

Help them get the right support network around them. 

A lot of parents have their kids learn guitar, at school, they get these 15 minute lessons once a week, and then the parents wonder why their child lose interest or don’t progress at all. After a few initial months. Having the right support network, including the right guitar teacher understands how to help your child to progress. 

Have them learn different musical instruments

Exposure to other children learning guitar or other instruments that they can play with an opportunity to do different things like play in a band or play in front of others, and do performances are vital for a child to get more interested and more motivated and excited about playing the guitar I help them get even more exposure to music. 

How to inspire your child

Inspiration is something that all adults talk about when they talk about the hobby that they might want to do. Now you can give your child the opportunity, because they don’t know how to give it to themselves for example you can take them to concerts on music that you’re into there and to show them new types of music. 

Find them people that they can relate to. for example, if you have a child is. If you have a daughter. They might be interested in seeing female guitarist play. If you have a child who is ginger, maybe he really relates to children. Whatever it is, try to find little interests and relatability, an artist that they might want to see, and get exposure to that helps inspire them to learn to play the guitar in the long term. 

Getting them to right instrument

Get them the right instrument to learn on, parents will just get their child a cheap guitar. Send them to lessons, and expect their child to do the rest. Really. Children need a lot of support from their parents so cheap things of that includes the right environment. Besides you helping them and motivating them to practice. Maybe you’re sitting down with them every session. It would be great if you can do that. Just to be there for moral support. Another part of it is helping them by giving them the right environment that could be the right chair or music stand. Having a stand for the guitar to sit on. 

Helping them to stay focus

Make sure they’re comfortable with no distractions, so that they can learn the guitar, more efficiently. And they can really concentrate on a guitar play, rather than get distracted by it. tips help you to help your child learn to play the guitar. If you’re paying for lessons. It’s not an easy endeavour. And it’s a big commitment, say that your child’s going to be in essence for the next 10 years. Do you want them to get the most out of it, don’t want them to last six months and give up. You want to set a good example. So help them by doing these few things. So that your child will enjoy playing the guitar more in the future.