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post Oct 23 2007, 08:54 AM
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When I was 8 years old, My mom taught me some basic chords like A,D,Em etc.

I learned how to play a few songs... but I lost Intrest after awhile and didn't really pic it up seriously untill I was 13.

But, I definetly think Basic chords are a good place to start, and as you probably know, there are hundreds of songs written with 3 chords or less.

For me personally, even when I was eight, it was very satisfying to be able to play a couple songs. Even with just the basic A and D chords or whatever.
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post Oct 23 2007, 11:07 AM
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When I got my guitar, I didn't play it for two years. Then I learned how to read tabs. The first thing I learned was the intro to Crazy Train. It felt awesome being able to play even the beginning of a song I loved. While it's not a good idea to rely on Tabs alone early on, it really built confidence, and made me realize that I could get so much better with a little practice.

So, if they ever get discouraged, teach them to play something easy that they like, that'll get em interested again.


The only problem I can see with being too young to play is the fact that their hands might be too small to reach as many frets as they could need to. But there's ways around that.


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post Oct 23 2007, 11:32 AM
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I "started playing" when I was 11, but of course didn't take it seriously. I didn't actually start practicing for real until about two years ago, and being on my own, I developed many horrible habits. Thank goddness I found this guitar site though. I have broken so many bad habits and actually started practicing the right way since I joined. So here I am, 16, and I am going to be a perfessional guitarist one day.


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post Oct 23 2007, 10:27 PM
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Thanks for all the great advice!
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post Oct 24 2007, 04:18 AM
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never is too young, i wished i started when i was born so id be amazing now lol
but seriously, if a kid is able to pick up a guitar withh all the real stuff on but scaled down, then the kids ready to learn and kick some ass
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post Oct 24 2007, 04:37 AM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Oct 23 2007, 10:27 PM) *
Thanks for all the great advice!


My kid started this year but for the last 3 months he'll pick it up maybe once or twice a week for 5 minutes maybe. Kids are going to be hot and cold with anything that they can't just pick up and be good with right away but my feeling is that if it's available to him and I play almost daily the "light" will go on at some point and his interest will grow more and more. We got him an Ibanez Mikro for his birthday and for the money and it being 3/4 scale it's perfect and just a little bit more than what you would pay for some beginner knock off.

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