To get started you will need a guitar. This can either be given to you by a family friend etc. or you will need to buy one. If you are buying one it is better to get one from new rather than from a second hand shop.

Guitar Yamaha CG122

 

Guitars are available in many different sizes but most children from seven years old would suit a full size guitar the same as adults. It is a better investment to purchase a full size as children grow so quickly and once you buy a guitar, if it is well looked after, it can retain it’s sound and quality for many years ahead.

Guitars are available in many different sizes but most children from seven years old would suit a full size guitar the same as adults. It is a better investment to purchase a full size as children grow so quickly and once you buy a guitar, if it is well looked after, it can retain it’s sound and quality for many years ahead.

For a small child aged seven and under, it is worth considering buying a 3/4 size guitar. A good beginner’s guitar is a classical guitar which has nylon strings which make it easier on the fingers. As the child gets more advanced, anything that is learnt on the classical guitar can always be played on an electric guitar – bass or six string.

There are many different makes of guitar but we would recommend Yamaha guitars like the Yamaha CG122MC. Both our guitars are Yamaha (as well as well as our flute and keyboards!) Yamaha are a renowned make which provides a full sonorous tone and craftsmanship. We have both tried other guitars in the past but we have found the Yamaha is hard to beat.

Guitar Tuners

Guitar Pitch Pipes

There are many ways to tune your guitar, the cheapest way is a set of pitch pipes. These are a fun way to learn about tuning, especially for young children. It accustoms their ears to listening carefully to matching notes.

 

The other method is using a guitar tuner. These cost just a little bit more but they provide more accuracy.

Guitar TunerIronically the guitar needs to be relatively more or less in tune to use the guitar tuner which can be slightly daunting for the complete novice! On the right hand side of each of the pages on our website: www.privatemusictuition.co.uk we have recorded an audio track for tuning which can be very helpful if all else fails!

 

 

 

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Last updated 14/09/2015