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Thread #148673 Message #3454956
Posted By: Don Firth
20-Dec-12 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: 4 year old wants a guitar for christmas
Subject: RE: 4 year old wants a guitar for christmas
Leeneia, this is why I suggested the guitalele. It's small, the same size as a baritone ukulele, so it shouldn't be too large for a four-year-old to handle. And it comes equipped with nylon strings rather than steel. About one-third the tension. Also, the action can be adjusted by a good luthier to very soft (low over the frets), if necessary.
I once saw a three-year-old playing a simple tune on a small (child-size), but real violin. She had badgered her parents until they rented one for her to try. She took to it immediately, so they bought her one of her own.
I can't recall who it was now, but a well-known violinist (you'd recognize the name) told his parents, when he was four, that he wanted to play the violin. They said "no," and offered him piano lessons. He threw a fit and said he'd set fire to the piano! He wanted a violin!! So they got him one. He's now a full-blown internationally-known concert artist. He knew, right off, what he wanted.
If a child expresses an interest in a musical instrument, I say, get it for them.
The worst that can happen is that they will goof with it for a while, then put it aside for something else, in which case, you could play it yourself or pass it on.
I'm amazed at some young players who just blaze right through technically difficult things. They don't seem to know that it's hard, so they just DO it.
And on a full-sized classic guitar, too!!
By, the way, this is why I tend to snort when some adult tells me that they can't play a guitar with a classic-width fingerboard because their hands are too small!