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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.

What to do when you get stuck with your guitar playing?

It’s very common for anyone learning the guitar to get stuck. You could have just started a week ago or ten years ago… it can still get frustrating at times. 

There are a few ways we can really get motivated about the guitar again at any stage of your guitar playing. So let’s have a look at them! 

1.) Listen to musicians and guitarist who inspire you 

Try to listen as much as you can to artists who inspire you. They might be artists that motivated you to learn the guitar in the first place, or they could be new artists that interest you too. I’ve found that Apple Music really “understands” me now. And I just tell Siri to play me music and it plays me new music that I haven’t heard before but enjoy. And I’m sure the equivalent exists on Spotify. 

You could ask your guitar teacher for new artists to listen to as well. 

If you are a little more experienced, you could improvise along to those tracks. Do it casually, listen, work out the key, and play a few notes along. Or try to figure out the chords. Have fun with it! And don’t take it too seriously. 

  1. Find other people to play with 

Having other people to play music with can motivate and reinvigorate your interest in music and guitar. They might give you new ideas including on to do on the guitar. New things to try and practise on the guitar. New scales, new chords, new riffs etc. New songs, new genres etc. So many inspirations come from playing with others. 

And the most important thing is that it’s fun! It might seem daunting in the beginning, especially if you are at the beginning and not sure how to play with others. But it’s something that only will be easier if you try it. 

And the most important thing is that it’s fun! It might seem daunting in the beginning, especially if you are at the beginning and not sure how to play with others. But it’s something that only will be easier if you try it. 

Even if you are experienced, you can feel more relaxed and be able to experiment and try new things around other people who are less experienced. And feel less pressure. Or you could help them out and they can help you to feel good about your playing too. 

  1. Find a guitar teacher 

Having a guitar teacher can help you find holes in your guitar playing. This can be a motivating thing! If you are more intermediate. So many people get stuck around barre chords, something that a guitar teacher should be able to solve easily. And they give up straight away when they get to that stage. So finding a guitar teacher would mean you can have a hobby for life, than something you did for a few months and stopped forever. 

I hope these few tips help you get pass whatever you are stuck with! There are so many more ways to get motivated about guitar playing. Follow this blog to check out more tips coming out soon that will help you with your guitar playing. …