Has your child shown an interest in learning how to play guitar? Music is very important for children because it helps them build language development, enhances their creativity, improves grades in schools, and it makes them look cool in front of their friends (builds confidence). If you have searched the Internet, there is a ton of information on playing guitars and it can be quite overwhelming if you don’t know what you are looking to get for your child. There are so many options available on the market from online lessons, dvd lessons, traditional lessons, and free stuff all over YouTube.
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Free vs Paid Guitar Lessons
Free lessons are great but most beginner students have no clue on where to begin and it often leaves them frustrated. You know your child best and how they learn so today I wanted to share with you three courses that I think your tween or teenager would be able to use to learn how to how to play guitar in a few short weeks. When purchasing the courses, I highly recommend that you have your child devote 20 to 30 minutes each night practicing the guitar. The only way to learn how to play an instrument is to practice over and over again.
Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar
This is a DVD guitar course and you don’t need to worry about your child hogging the computer, especially if they don’t have their own to use. This DVD course is packed full of useful information for the beginner and it even includes some intermediate course work. Like I mentioned earlier, you don’t need a computer or internet connection for this course. It is taught by a top notch professional instructor. It will feel like the instructor is sitting right there with your child as they are learning. With Gibson’s stamp of approval, this one is clearly one of the best DVD courses out there. There is over a year of lessons with this course. Visit Learn and Master Guitar for more information.
This is a great course for beginners because of their core learning system and a ton of song lessons. They are clearly a great choice for beginners and they offer a free 14-day trial! This course offers your child a comprehensive learning material that you keep your child learning for years to come. They start by teaching your child the fundamentals which is the basic level learning for beginner guitar players. Their system is on its third generation, they have been fine tuning their courses for several years, and it is geared for first time students or those who haven’t touched a guitar in years. Don’t forget to sign up for the free 14-day trail and get started today!
This online resource is perfect for those that prefer live lessons. There are qualified instructors online 8 hours a day broadcasting and taking your questions. Jam Play is packed full of online video lessons and they are continually adding new lessons/songs each month so that your child has an endless options and years worth of guitar lessons. They have a full section of lessons dedicated for the beginner or self taught guitar player. The beginner section will teach your child the raw basics of playing guitar, including topics such as tuning, posture, finger technique, and many other topics. Feel free to browse the all of the lessons to determine which instructor you enjoy the most, this is the benefit of having a team of guitar instructors to teach the lessons. Visit Jam Play to learn more and sign up for their lessons.
Like I mentioned earlier, free lessons are great but they don’t provide any real benefit to your child. If your child is serious about learning how to play guitar, I highly recommend one of these three courses. My husband has been playing guitar for a very long time and he influenced my own children to try learning how to play an instrument for at least a year.
Most of my long term readers might be aware that my daughter was born deaf and wears cochlear implants. She came home one afternoon towards the end of her 5th grade year saying that she wanted to participate in band and learn an instrument. I was a bit hesitant because I thought that she wouldn’t be able to hear well enough to play an instrument. She has amazed me with her ability to learn how to read music and play an instrument. She has been playing the clarinet for 6 years and it has greatly benefited her academically.
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Did you learn how to play an instrument when you were a child? Is so, what instrument did you play?