Choosing a Guitar for Your Child Video

Learn how to choose the right type of guitar for your child.
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Hi! This is Lisa McCormick with Getting Started with Guitar. And in this video, I’m going to talk with you a little bit about some considerations you should keep in mind when buying a first guitar for a child. As a guitar instructor, I’ve taught lots and lots of kids how to play the guitar. And one question I’ve frequently get asked is ‘What kind of guitar should we start with, an acoustic guitar or and electric guitar?’ Now in terms of the nuts and bolts of what the beginning guitar it has to learn, it’s pretty much the same whether they start on acoustic or electric, they tune the same, the chords are the same, and the basic concepts are the same. So how do you decide where to start? Now there are legitimate points to be made either way as to whether to start with electric or an acoustic guitar. But my opinion, the most important factor is the kid, what kind of guitar and music have they expressed and interest in, what kind of guitar and music is the best fit for their personality and character. Now my reason for asking these questions is maybe just a little bit sneaky, because what I found is that a kid is much more likely to be self-motivated to practice. If he or she has the kind of guitar that he or she really wants to learn to play. In my experience, the kids will do really with a guitar, come to see the guitar is part of their identity and reflective of their personality. The more they learn to play the music that they love, the better they feel about themselves, and this links directly to a desire to practice more and learn more. Whichever way you decide to go, make sure the guitar you picked out is the right size for your kid. You can find out more about that in my video called ‘Your Kids First Guitar, What Size is Right?’ If you decide to go for an electric, I recommend that you buy an electric started package that comes with amp and cables and everything you need to get started, that way, you don’t have to worry about picking out all those extras yourself. I’ve put together a page of specific guitar recommendations for every age of kid which you can see by clicking on the link in the description section above. This is Lisa McCormick of Getting Started with Guitar. Thanks for listening. And oh! By the way, I got my first guitar when I was 10 years old.

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