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    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 2nd Feb 18, 9:07 PM
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    Guitar for a 7 year old
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    • 2nd Feb 18, 9:07 PM
    Guitar for a 7 year old 2nd Feb 18 at 9:07 PM
    Hi

    Not sure if this is the right place for this....my 7 year wants to learn to play the guitar. Not sure if itís a serious thing or not but I canít say no as I never had the opportunity

    Given I have never played any instrument anyone help with where I should start with it?

    Thanks
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    • PrettyKittyKat
    • By PrettyKittyKat 2nd Feb 18, 9:19 PM
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    We bought a childrens guitar from a music shop when the youngest started learning to play. I wouldn't spend too much as he may soon loose interest like mine!
    I would search selling pages on facebook or look oneBay for a childrens guitar and then watch some youtube videos to start with!
    • JIL
    • By JIL 2nd Feb 18, 11:40 PM
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    • 2nd Feb 18, 11:40 PM
    They have children sized acoustic guitars in Argos. All my children learned to play the guitar, one had lessons at school. The other two learned chords via the internet.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/browse/sports-and-leisure/musical-instruments/guitars-and-accessories/acoustic-guitars/c:30690/
    Last edited by JIL; 02-02-2018 at 11:43 PM.
    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 3rd Feb 18, 8:45 AM
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    I would ask about opportunities in school first. At my kids!!!8217; school, Year 4 learn as a class, with guitars supplied.
    Last edited by rach_k; 03-02-2018 at 12:02 PM.
    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 3rd Feb 18, 10:55 AM
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    Start by looking for teachers or a trial lesson, it is a waste to buy an instrument and then be told it is wrong or better deals exist.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
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    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 3rd Feb 18, 1:03 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 18, 1:03 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 18, 1:03 PM
    Hi

    Thanks for reply. The class is at school but they don!!!8217;t have enough equipment so have asked parents to provide
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 3rd Feb 18, 7:00 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 18, 7:00 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 18, 7:00 PM
    Hi

    Thanks for reply. The class is at school but they don!!!8217;t have enough equipment so have asked parents to provide
    Originally posted by aj9648
    Then ask the school for advice on what to buy. Can you buy th same as the school use?
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 3rd Feb 18, 8:01 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 18, 8:01 PM
    Half size Spanish guitar. Go to a real music shop, not online or Argos. And ask the person in the shop to play it, run your fingers along the neck to check for rough edges to the frets - they may throw in a set up for free, a discount for external lessons if LO wants to continue after the school's budget has run out for lessons, etc.

    Clip on chromatic tuner at home, along with a pack of LR2012 (flat) batteries from Amazon. About £3. You won't need an expensive one.

    Pack of Alice brand nylon strings from Amazon, light gauge/tension. About £3.45 when I ordered some for work yesterday afternoon.

    Case with a long strap (easier to carry on the school run than just two little handles). The shop might be prepared to throw it in for free.

    Name on the back and on the case.


    Change out of £40 for bottom level, £60 if you go for something a bit nicer/better made, £80 if you want something more. £120 if you want to go for a big name/something that, with a few repairs, would still be used everyday in a school 25 years after purchase (like the ones at work).

    You don't need picks/plectrums, straps, for Spanishes. 'Acoustics' tends to mean steel strung, which is a little rough on little fingers.

    Oh, and about £3 for a couple of packets of stickers so LO can personalise their instrument. (which also ensures that nobody else takes the guitar home because they've bought the identical one and snapped a tuning peg/machine head or stood on theirs - character stickers on the front will make it harder to remove all evidence of it being your LO's - like sewn in name badges lessen the chance of you being left with the manky, shrunken 5 year old school jumper instead of the brand new one you got at Christmas )


    5-10 minutes practice a day will make them improve more than 95% of the class, you'll spend a lot of time retuning the guitar when the strings are new. Keep it away from radiators, don't leave it laying on the floor, and, if you want practice to be something done by choice, reverse psychology suggests allowing them to play guitar when told it's time to do their timestables/spellings/etc, as they associate it with good things, rather than homework/interfering with TV time.


    [I do this for a living]
    Last edited by Jojo the Tightfisted; 03-02-2018 at 8:06 PM.
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    • aj9648
    • By aj9648 9th Feb 18, 10:36 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 10:36 PM
    Jojo- thanks - that was great. Going to a shop tomorrow
    • Robots
    • By Robots 12th Feb 18, 8:12 AM
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    I!!!8217;m glad going to a proper music shop was suggested. It!!!8217;s a good idea to buy a decent instrument (funds allowing) as the sound will be so much better - hopefully meaning your little one is more likely to enjoy it and stick with it!
    DMP since February 2016
    DFD 2023 (fingers crossed)
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