Frequently Asked Questions
Although every child is different, I would say six years old is the minimum. Two things to consider: If your child hasn’t yet developed their fine motor skills, guitar lessons will be a struggle. Learning guitar can help develop these skills, but maintaining a child’s interest during this development will be challenging. Additionally, your child will need to be able to maintain focus for significant periods of time. If your child doesn’t have the attention span to maintain a daily 20 minute practice schedule, and a weekly 30 minute lesson, consider waiting before enrolling them in lessons.
I recommend learning on an electric, as it is much easier to hold down the strings, which will be much appreciated when learning chords. It’s easier to play an acoustic after you’ve built up hand strength and have developed skills on the electric, rather than learning on an acoustic.
For a pre-teen, I recommend a minimum of 20 minutes a day, 30 minutes a day for teens and up. The important thing is to try and play each day. Practice works best when it becomes part of a daily routine, done at around the same time each day.
In addition to the guitar, you’ll need a pick, a tuner, and an amp (if playing electric). I recommend thin picks if playing acoustic, and thicker (1.0mm) picks if playing electric. You can find clip-on tuners at most music stores – they’re inexpensive and work fine. Items that you’ll want at some point down the road would be a strap, capo, and music stand.