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GETTING KIDS TO PLAY CHORDS


Hi Everyone...

Been a long while from Ive been on [sign in to see URL] just wondering if any of you have really young [sign in to see URL], 6 years [sign in to see URL] do you get them to play chords?

I have a girl who likes playing melodies but point blank refuses to play chords (and is capable) of simple one finger (Easy G) etc...

ANy she also refuses to use anything other than her 1st [sign in to see URL]

Anyone any ideas...?

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James

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Here's my approach, first on an E chord, then on an A chord, then we work to see if we can get them changing. Don't worry too much about quality, if they can go with a backing of A and E (1 bar each) strumming just the one beat they are usually enthused.

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If she enjoys playing melodies, I'd roll with that and just keep giving her melodies. Get her really hooked on guitar and then start gently pushing new things. The first priority is to get them interested and wanting to practice and telling their mommy and daddy that they like doing guitar lessons and want to keep doing so ;o) If you push too hard on something they clearly don't enjoy, it will likely push them away. Before you know it they will start being "sick" frequently, and then one day soon after that you'll get the call, 10 minutes before their lesson of course, that they are not coming any more. ;oP
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Here's my approach, first on an E chord, then on an A chord, then we work to see if we can get them changing. Don't worry too much about quality, if they can go with a backing of A and E (1 bar each) strumming just the one beat they are usually enthused.

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Cheers Paul for this - though shes still at the "Easy G" stage i.e, 1 finger chords but suppose I coudl do the changing thing with 2 of these [sign in to see URL] check out that fretboard stuff...emoticon

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If she enjoys playing melodies, I'd roll with that and just keep giving her melodies. Get her really hooked on guitar and then start gently pushing new things. The first priority is to get them interested and wanting to practice and telling their mommy and daddy that they like doing guitar lessons and want to keep doing so ;o) If you push too hard on something they clearly don't enjoy, it will likely push them away. Before you know it they will start being "sick" frequently, and then one day soon after that you'll get the call, 10 minutes before their lesson of course, that they are not coming any more. ;oP



Hi Zen...

Yes Im thinking you're maybe right - I dont want to push the chord thing too much - she seems to like paying melodies and she is only 7yrs,so very young.

For some reason had a load of calls this summer for younger ones 7-9 years old...

Though she does everything "Wes Montgomery" style Lol, I mean with her thumb; wont use a pick - but has a great memory and comes in usually playing 90% from memory and a bit of the sheet as well.

I think as you say keeping her interest is the main thing I'll see tomorrow how this week has gone as Ive been showing her mum every lesson whats happening so she helps her with practice etc...

Cheers

James
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Interest always trumps learning. If they stay interested playing achy breaky heart in open tuning or something for three months instead of quitting it is a victory, especially at that age. Having said that, you might consider at least part of the lesson in open tuning where she could play some one finger chords (at least on couple of strings anyway) and maybe learn her favorite song, if she even has one at that age. If anything, she will play like Dolly Parton, she wrote a ton of songs and made a career playing open tuning one finger [sign in to see URL].
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Interest always trumps learning. If they stay interested playing achy breaky heart in open tuning or something for three months instead of quitting it is a victory, especially at that age. Having said that, you might consider at least part of the lesson in open tuning where she could play some one finger chords (at least on couple of strings anyway) and maybe learn her favorite song, if she even has one at that age. If anything, she will play like Dolly Parton, she wrote a ton of songs and made a career playing open tuning one finger [sign in to see URL].



LOL.. I never knew that - cheers for the post.

I think I'll keep her interested she might change her mind in time was thinking some good simple riffs of recent songs might be good - started one last week - I'll see today how its went.

James

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