Choosing the right guitar for kids will make your kid’s guitar playing experience more enjoyable and encourage them to continue playing. Studies using neuroscience have revealed learning to play a musical instrument such as a guitar helps in the development of emotional, cognitive, coordination skills and social development as well as success in life.
Consider these tips when selecting a kids guitar:
- Pre inspected and adjusted
Guitars come in a multitude of sizes, styles and price ranges and when new and straight out of the box, they all need to be adjusted so they are easily playable. A lot of people expect that as it’s new it should be ready to play, but this is not generally true, especially with entry level and lower priced kids guitars. The high end guitars are often adjusted, but even so, they need to be adjusted for individual players to get the best results.
If ordering a kids guitar make sure it has been inspected, tested and adjusted as the strings may be too high above the fretboard requiring a lot of pressure to play the guitar. This will remove a lot of the pleasure from learning and can quickly discourage a new player from continuing.
Trying to play an unadjusted, poorly adjusted or badly constructed guitar can send the wrong signals to the brain affecting the finger-muscle-brain memory that is vital to learning the guitar. This can result in uneven, choppy, unsatisfying playing and can be very hard to correct.
Your child may give up thinking it’s too hard for them to learn and they don’t have any talent, when it’s really a problem of them battling a hard to play an instrument.
If you provide your child with a properly adjusted kid’s guitar it will give them a much better opportunity to learn and enjoy playing improving their self-esteem and confidence, encouraging them to continue and making playing a guitar a life-long pleasure
- Selecting the Right Sized Kid’s Guitar
There are guitars that are sized for kids as it’s important that your child feels comfortable while playing. Overreaching by trying to play a guitar that is too big can place your child at a technical disadvantage. This is because their muscles will be stretched while reaching over the top of the guitar to the fretboard making it much more difficult to properly and fluidly move their fingers to find the different strings and notes
- Select a Style of Guitar that Interests Your Child
Some young learners are interested in making a particular sound such as Rock, Country, Classical, Folk or Electric and won’t be so impressed if they are forced to learn something they have no interest in.
Motivation is a key aspect of encouraging kid’s to learn guitar, so if they specifically request an acoustic or electric guitar then, it’s wise to find out why and which types of music they are interested in learning to play and get an appropriate guitar for them
When purchasing a kids guitar there are three main aspects to consider. Ensure any guitar that you purchase is adjusted properly to suit your child taking into account their hand size. The size of the guitar is also important as it should feel comfortable while holding and not require your child to overreach. Get the guitar that gives the right sound they’re interested in.