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Old 10-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #11
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DD had been asking for a guitar for months right around 2...I used an A.C.Moore coupon to get one of their learner ukuleles for about $16. DD has gone through phases of playing with it frequently & then ignoring it for a while. I'd do a guitar or something more expensive if her interest were a little more focused or sustained...

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:17 PM   #12
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My daughter has a ukele, it's a better size for her. She is very careful with it and loves to play "tar" with her daddy. She's pretty conscientious with her things though, I wouldn't have spent $70 on one if I thought she would smash it in two days. It was part of DH's father's day gift and it's still in perfect shape, plus she hasn't lost her pick!
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:20 PM   #13
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My kid wanted one too. So we opted the natural kind. Yeah. Not as much fun when they realize they must create the sound., so then we got an electric play one. He loved it. Lol, figures.
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So I see he's not alone in his guitar wish :-D

I think we will get a ukulele. I can teach him to read music, but we have many talented friends who play guitar and all sorts of instruments who could teach him to really play on down the road if he retains interest


Costco has one that is a full sized concert one. It is $99. We got it for our daughter. It has a case and book with it. I like that it is small, but real. She has been asking for guitar lessons since she was 3.
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Well, we have a baby grand piano. My husband also has a guitar and a clarinet.

My 4 yo daughter has started asking for a guitar, which is nice, but we have the piano and we expect a bit more than her finding middle c before we add instruments.

If we were inclined to add an instrument, it would either be a lyre or a glockenspiel. A guitar is too much, too unwieldy for a 2 year old. Just imo, no judgment. I just think success would be hard to attain or measure. A smaller stringed instrument such as a lyre is very attractive to young children.
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Well, we have a baby grand piano. My husband also has a guitar and a clarinet.

My 4 yo daughter has started asking for a guitar, which is nice, but we have the piano and we expect a bit more than her finding middle c before we add instruments.

If we were inclined to add an instrument, it would either be a lyre or a glockenspiel. A guitar is too much, too unwieldy for a 2 year old. Just imo, no judgment. I just think success would be hard to attain or measure. A smaller stringed instrument such as a lyre is very attractive to young children.

I'm not sure why finding middle C on the piano is important as a precursor for playing the guitar? Many people don't enjoy playing the piano who love to play other stringed instruments. I do agree an adult-size guitar is too cumbersome for a child. Success, as far as I'm concerned, is if he retains an interest in music--not if he becomes a virtuoso of the ukulele.

I played the piano for 12 years, the french horn for 6, the violin for 2, handbells, organ, trumpet, melophone ("marching french horn"), harmonica, and took voice lessons. After all of that I prefer to dance and now am a professional bellydancer in addition to my "day job"....but guess how many instruments I play??? Just one- zills (finger cymbals).

So, I support letting a kid explore whatever instrument they want to explore, my question was more is it worth spending the money on a guitar at this age when that's just what they are doing--exploring. I do think it's worth $30 for a ukulele, and heck, I probably would enjoy messing around with it myself. I certainly don't think anyone needs to learn middle C on a piano before they attempt other instruments. In fact, I know some talented pianists who play solely by ear, can't read a note of music, and have no clue where "middle c" is in that respect.

I think playing multiple instruments has given me a lot of unexpected skills... rhythm and an understanding of rhythm and timing, for one.... appreciation for talented individuals who learn and practice their craft.... the ability to dance with feeling to music because I understand the underlying framework of the composition.... and a variety of other coordination-related benefits.
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Re: So for Christmas my two year old has asked for...

we got ds1 a nylon-string child sized guitar from our local guitar store for less than $60 when he was 3. we haven't regretted it.
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If he continues to ask for it, then yes!
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Op, I meant nothing offensive to you. My daughter has asked for a guitar and we think she needs to spend more time with the piano first. Perhaps we think she is more interested in something new and shiny rather than what is already available to her. I'm sorry if I didn't add anything relevant here. I've been distracted lately.
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My daughter is 5, and in violin lessons through our local Suzuki academy. I'm an orchestra teacher and DH plays violin. We've done some basic piano with her before she started violin. She still couldn't find middle C without help, and she's grown up around music her whole life. I don't get it--Why that is a requirement to add instruments? At this age, kids aren't "serious" about the instrument. They just want to play around with it.
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