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Kizaze44
post Oct 23 2007, 05:44 AM
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Hey there talented people. I have an 11-year old son who is quite a drummer. I also have an 8 year old son who is interested in playing guitar - probably because he wants to be part of our jam sessions. Drums vs. guitar - big difference for beginners, I think. I play both and drums are much easier to "get yourself off the ground."

Anyhow, how young is too young to start playing? I don't want him to get discouraged and quit forever.

When did you all start playing? Who started the youngest?

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post Oct 23 2007, 05:46 AM
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I have seen kids at the age of like 5 or so who have great talent for their age. biggrin.gif
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post Oct 23 2007, 05:52 AM
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8 sounds pretty young, but if his older brother and dad plays instruments that might be more than enough to encourage him. If he goes totally serious in a age that young he'll probably get tired of it pretty quick, so I suppose theres no need to rush.
Try showing him some good music, that might make him motivated. Works like that for me atleast laugh.gif

But what do I know anyway. It seems logical to me tongue.gif


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I was very motivated when I started, but I was clueless. If only someone told me that Iron Maiden also use scales and chords... then I would have been so much better today.

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post Oct 23 2007, 05:53 AM
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Hi Kizaze smile.gif

IMO,just don't push them but show them what music and instrument are.
Let they choose for them self.
And also,it's never too early or too late IMO,as long passion and motivation are there.

Wish you much luck and joy in music quest of your kids tho!! smile.gif


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post Oct 23 2007, 05:54 AM
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QUOTE (muris @ Oct 23 2007, 04:53 AM) *
And also,it's never too early or too late IMO,as long passion and motivation are there.

Exactly!!


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post Oct 23 2007, 05:57 AM
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QUOTE (muris @ Oct 22 2007, 10:53 PM) *
And also,it's never too early or too late IMO,as long passion and motivation are there.

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post Oct 23 2007, 06:06 AM
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I don't think there is any such thing as too young to start playing; I also wouldn't be worried if your son loses interest. I started playing when I was around 11, played for a few years then lost interest when I was around 18 or so. I just started playing again a while ago, and I was very surprised at how quickly I picked up where I left off...15 YEARS AGO! Now I'm enjoying playing more than ever, and I am very glad that I had my first exposure to the guitar when I was younger.
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post Oct 23 2007, 06:12 AM
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QUOTE (ActiveX @ Oct 23 2007, 07:06 AM) *
I don't think there is any such thing as too young to start playing; I also wouldn't be worried if your son loses interest. I started playing when I was around 11, played for a few years then lost interest when I was around 18 or so. I just started playing again a while ago, and I was very surprised at how quickly I picked up where I left off...15 YEARS AGO! Now I'm enjoying playing more than ever, and I am very glad that I had my first exposure to the guitar when I was younger.

This is really nice story. smile.gif
So,you're now about 33 right?
I'm 28 and can't tell from my own experience but I believe you're much
wiser and smarter now then before and music has bigger meaning to you at this moment. smile.gif


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post Oct 23 2007, 06:15 AM
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post Oct 23 2007, 06:19 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll give it a shot. But what the heck to I teach first to an 8 year old??
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Ya Muris, I'm 34. Music does have a much bigger meaning to me now. I actually want to play and create music...when I was 17 most of my inspiration was just to look cool with an electric guitar and leather pants so I could score with the ladies:)

...okay, so maybe a small part of me still wants the leather pants and chicks.
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post Oct 23 2007, 06:21 AM
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QUOTE (Understudy @ Oct 23 2007, 07:15 AM) *
Muris, you are 28 ??? SSSHHHHHHH a real ninja never shows his age.......


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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll give it a shot. But what the heck to I teach first to an 8 year old??


start with the E chord?
then the A chord
then D
etc.

eventually he should be able to play along to basic songs.

when i started learning i got a guitar book (cant remember the name).
it had basic chord diagrams and was really fun. just look for begginers guitar books that you think would be fun for an 8 year old.


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post Oct 23 2007, 06:24 AM
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OK - I'm on it. Wish us luck!
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post Oct 23 2007, 06:26 AM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Oct 23 2007, 07:19 AM) *
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll give it a shot. But what the heck to I teach first to an 8 year old??


Well,few basic chords,some easier tunes.
It'd be nice start I believe. smile.gif


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QUOTE (muris @ Oct 23 2007, 06:53 AM) *
Hi Kizaze smile.gif

IMO,just don't push them but show them what music and instrument are.
Let they choose for them self.
And also,it's never too early or too late IMO,as long passion and motivation are there.

Wish you much luck and joy in music quest of your kids tho!! smile.gif

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Couldn't agree more. If they are interested and think it's fun, let them play no matter the age.

You see kids singing and dancing as soon as they learn to express themselves. And I see no reason to stop them... other than when there's something on the TV that dad wants to watch wink.gif


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post Oct 23 2007, 07:05 AM
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i don't think you can be "too young" as long as you have something to keep you going. is he interested in music? does he have any favorite bands? guitar heros? stuff like that can help encourage.


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I wanted to play drums when i was like 10 but my parents said i showed no interest.. sad.gif So they got me a guitar.. but i didn't really play it until i was 16.. then i realised quickly it was not a very good guitar so i bought a new 1 and started playing seriously.. 3 years later.. i wish i had started alot younger.. because i see all these guys who r like 13 and shred circles around me. the younger you start the better ull be when your older just don't start him too young that he has no friends to impress or like school shows to play at or else he will lose interest.. but if the motivation is there get him rollin smile.gif


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well i guess im in the clear playing at 12 years old... tongue.gif


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Get the book 'Watch me play Guitar' by Bill Edwards. It's perfect for an 8 year old. It's only like $6 plus shipping of about $2-3. Bill Edwards Site

I picked it up for my son who's 5. He likes it but he'll get more out of it once he can read a little bit better.


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