I'm thinking ahead here... what would be a good age to start a child on guitar lessons?

I say guitar because:

  • She's drawn to the Rockband guitars
  • A guitar is portable, unlike a piano
  • People sometimes pull them out at parties (a tuba, on the other hand, less frequently)

asked 12 Jan '10, 05:03

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+1 my daughter has also started asking for a guitar.!

(12 Jan '10, 08:53) Emi

I think when the child shows honest interest. With our daughter we got her one of the guitars they sale at the local Wal-mart along with a book. Once she was able to complete the lessons with her Dad we then signed her up for lessons. Our Daughter was 6.


answered 12 Jan '10, 05:17

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edited 12 Jan '10, 08:52

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Cool, thanks! How did it go BTW?

(12 Jan '10, 05:35) Scott ♦♦

+1 for "testing the water" so to speak!

(12 Jan '10, 08:52) Emi

it went really Well she loves it. Want to be Just like Taylor Swift

(15 Jan '10, 04:17) Mary

6 Seems to be a common answer, so I'll accept this as the "correct" one. Thanks for relating your experience!

(26 Feb '10, 00:44) Scott ♦♦

Our eldest started piano lessons at 5, because she wouldn't stop nagging (I know, don't give in to nagging). She's still playing and getting pretty good now, she's nearly 8. Her sister started a little before her fifth birthday, because she was coming along to lessons anyway, and had learnt the first piece from the elder one's book at home. She is also getting along pretty well.

I think it really needs you to commit some time (only 5 or 10 minutes) every day to practising. This means you, not just your daughter, as she'll need a lot of help at first. We've found it helpful to fit it in to the morning routine so it's just as non-negotiable as eating breakfast and brushing teeth before school.


answered 12 Jan '10, 17:01

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I don't really think piano lessons can be compared to guitar lessons as they require different strength abilities. The question was more specific to guitar lessons.

(13 Jan '10, 06:54) Sabrina

@Sabrina, the physical activity of playing is different, but the commitment level must be there for any instrument, so I see this as relevant.

(14 Jan '10, 15:35) Scottie T

lol, it MUST be okay to give in to nagging if it's something that's good for them, isn't it? Boy, do I wish my kids would nag for something that's good for them!

(27 Jan '10, 07:40) Neen

We bought our son a real guitar when he turned 6 (a year ago). I paid for a month of guitar lessons too. He had been begging for one for about three months plus he loves Bob Dylan. It lasted all of a month and he was done. He'll play Guitar Hero and Rock Band but he won't pick up his real one. I would let her keep playing the game for a little while and maybe when she's closer to 7-8 years old try. If you do, spend the money and talk to a person at a guitar store, get a real guitar and get their input too.


answered 14 Jan '10, 04:23

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My wife is a violin teacher and she has always said that the if the child really wants to play, they will always find a way around the "small hands" or "too big" problem.

What will make or break this is the practise!

Behaviour Contracts are great for this sort of thing.

In my experience, a lot of teachers just aren't fun! (If you have the time!) I would suggest you learning at the same time. It can be a great bonding activity, and you can also see first hand if your child is really into it or not

Good luck!


answered 17 Jan '10, 20:50

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With any musical instrument you need to factor in physical capability. Small children often have hands that are too small to fit around the neck of a guitar or do the mandatory spreads for piano playing. While there are some child size guitars available, though I don't know the quality of sound they produce, I have heard of private music teachers not accepting students before a specific age or grade level. (i.e. My cousins' piano teacher will not take students before 4th grade because their hands are too small.)

Interest is a great motivator. But if the physical limitations prove too difficult, that interest may fade before talent or passion takes over.


answered 16 Jan '10, 15:11

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Before sending your children to learn guitar you should consult some good websites of teaching guitar, the one website I know is best for guitar lessons. You will surely get a right answer.


answered 04 Feb '10, 11:12

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-1: Appears to be spam, though I won't delete it because it's borderline relevant.

(04 Feb '10, 17:20) Scott ♦♦
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