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Guitar Picks and Do I Need One?

There are many different styles of guitar picks and it can be a bit of a chore to figure out which one works best for you. Not only are there a million variations in the size and the shape of the guitar picks but to make it worse they have different thickness and some bend easier than others. With so many to choose from it’s best to know what you are looking for because it will save you some time later.

Guitar picks: what are they and do I need one?
Do I even need a guitar pick?

No you do not need a guitar pick as some people like to play electric guitar with their fingers. While there is nothing wrong with playing finger style on the electric guitar if you like the sound, most people that play electric guitar use a guitar pick.

There are many different shapes of guitar picks as you are probably already aware of. The best way to figure out which ones you think will be the best ones for you would be to get over to a music store and try some out. Most if not all guitar stores will have a section that has all the guitar picks on display. Here you are able to pick them up and see how they feel in your hands. Try out everyone of them if you can, that’s what they are there for.

Guitar picks: what are they and do I need one?
You should hold the guitar pick in your right hand with the pointed end facing away from your hand. It should rest comfortably between your thumb and the first joint of your index finger. Like in the example picture below.

This is where you need to try them all out because not everyone has the same hands. You can play around with the size by trying out smaller guitar picks and also trying out larger ones as well. It should feel comfortable and it should not feel like it is loose and hard to hold on to.

Once you find the right size it’s time to figure out the thickness of the guitar pick.

If you are just starting out I would recommend a medium to medium-hard guitar pick. If you take the guitar pick between both hands and try to bend it, it should put up a good amount of resistance. This is important because if it is too flimsy it is going to feel weird and when you try to hit the strings hard it will give away too much. A medium pick is good because when you hit the strings on the guitar it doesn’t bend regardless of how hard or soft you are playing.

So pick up a few that you think feels best and you will be able to narrow it down as you play more until you find the perfect pick. Once you so that I assure you that will be the one you play on forever. Guitar picks are cheap so don’t worry if you don’t find it in the first batch.

Guitar Lessons for Children

Guitar Lessons For ChildrenLearning the guitar is a challenging task for anyone of any age, but there are some specific difficulties to overcome when thinking about guitar lessons for children. That’s not to say that childhood isn’t a great time to learn an instrument, in fact, it is; children’s brains are primed for learning, pre-programmed to absorb new information like a sponge. Children approach learning without prejudice or preconceived ideas, which makes them ideal students for learning the guitar. On top of all this, studies have shown that children who are involved in music do better at school and have improved concentration, coordination, self-confidence and patience, as well as better reading comprehension, and better spelling, maths, listening, and motor skills. So encouraging your child to learn the guitar could be one of the best things you ever do for them. That said, as mentioned above, there are some certain issues and problems specific to children, and the rest of this article attempts to address these.

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Of vital importance when teaching children anything, is to engage with them and keep their interest, and this is no different with music. Both the child’s lessons, if they’re having lessons, and their practice time should be enjoyable for them. If they don’t enjoy what they are learning and practicing it will be difficult to keep their full attention and, as a result, progress will be hampered. Try to ensure that guitar lessons for children include at least some music that is familiar to them and liked.

Another hugely important thing to remember when dealing with children is not to push them too hard. Children should be allowed to progress at they’re own pace; putting them under pressure will only discourage them. Criticism too should be kept to a minimum. Although it’s important to point out mistakes, this should be done In a constructive manor so as not to hurt their confidence. Encouragement is the key to success when it comes to guitar lessons for children, so always praise your child when they have succeeded in achieving a musical goal.

As for actual guitar lessons themselves, assuming your child is having lessons, there are a few things to bear in mind. Children generally tend to have shorter attention spans, so I would recommend shorter lessons of maybe twenty to thirty minutes, especially for younger children. Also, with regards to teachers, it is best to find a tutor who has specific experience in giving guitar lessons for children. Teaching children can be quite different from teaching adults so this experience may be required. One of the best bets is to go through your child’s school. Many schools hire music teachers with experience of teaching children, and these are often subsidized or even free.

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A physical problem specific to children is, of course, their size. It is difficult to play a full sized guitar with child-sized hands. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of manufacturers out there that make short scale guitars, especially for children. When it comes to choosing a guitar for your child, the first thing to consider is whether to get acoustic or an electric. While this will largely come down to what sort of music your child wants to learn, it’s worth noting that electric guitars have much lighter strings and so are easier to play, especially with small hands. When it comes to buying a guitar I’d always recommend buying the best you can afford. There are a lot of very cheap and nasty instruments on the market, particularly when it comes to children’s guitars. A poor guitar will be harder to play and won’t sound very good, so isn’t likely to encourage your child to want to play it. That said, there are some very good, reasonably priced guitars out there. I’d advise going along to your local music shop and asking for their advice. Alternatively, you may be able to rent a guitar from either a shop or your child’s school.

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I hope that resolves a few issues you may have had about guitar lessons for children, and has encouraged you to start your child on a musical journey that could last a lifetime. The most important thong to remember is it should be fun.

 

Blues Music

The great blues song that looks like from some old time-based movie, therefore there is Johnny Depp playing the blues guitar with old folks. Really enjoyable song and atmosphere for a perfect jam session.