Another Option for a Child
An alternative to a child acoustic guitar, my 6-year old started playing on a baritone ukulele. This kids acoustic guitar (baritone ukulele considered as a child acoustic guitar) is smaller and less expensive than most guitars and is usually tuned DGBE - exactly the same as the top four strings of a guitar. Or choose a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele, tuned to G C E A as alternative ukulele for beginners options.
Other FactorsIf a child is on the border of, for example, a 3/4 and 4/4 guitar in terms of their age or height, it might be a good idea to get the larger guitar. Why buy a smaller guitar if you will need to buy a larger one in a few months or even weeks? A child with long arms may also need a larger guitar. While a child can generally learn on a guitar that is larger than recommended, it is much easier for a young child to get his or her hands around the appropriate-sized guitar. One risk of learning on an inappropriately-sized guitar is developing poor posture and hand position.
PriceBeginner acoustic versus electric guitars are similarly priced. One consideration when buying an electric guitar is the you will also need an amplifier. A small practice amplifer starts at around $30-$50. (As an aside, have you considered your tolerance for the potentially loud sound of this amplified instrument?)
Generally beginner acoustic guitars are lower-priced and lower-quality guitars. Beginners simply avoid spending a lot of money. One can learn to play on almost any guitar.
Some may believe that small scale 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 size guitars would be less expensive than full-sized guitars. No, this is not necessarily true. In fact, quality small scale guitars can be even more difficult and costly to manufacture due to tighter production tolerances for smaller instruments. So, buyers may find the opposite to be true - that a quality child beginner guitar is more expensive than a quality adult beginner guitar.
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Music for Homeschooled Children
Homeschoolers will appreciate the benefits of music education for their children. Parents find that music education for kids not only improves their children's memorization and small motor skills, but strongly contributes to the building of their child's self-confidence.
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