A right sized guitar will make it much easier for your seven year old to adapt well to playing a guitar. That’s why it’s very important to get the right guitar for your child. This article looks at how to pick the Right Sized Guitar For Your 7 Year Old.
Picking The Right Size Guitar:
Size is a very important component that you should always consider before you pick any guitar for your child. Here is a brief guitar size table that will help you make a more educated estimation when picking the right size guitar for your child.
Guitar Size Table:
4 Years Of Age = 21 inch guitar (1/4 size) or 30 to 31 inch guitar (1/2 size)
5 to 6 Years Of Age = 30 to 31 inch guitar (1/2 size)
7 to 9 Years of Age = 34 inch guitar (3/4 size) or 36 inch guitar (3/4 size)
10 to 12 Years of Age = 38 to 39 inch guiitar (semi-full size)
13 and over = 41 inch guitar (full size)
Most Recommended Appropriate Size Guitars For 7 Year Olds!
(Note: Even though we feel that the ideal size guitar for the average 7 year old is about 34 inches, we included (3) 36 inch guitars because we feel like they are better quality guitars overall. Also, children will obviously differ in size.)
Picking The Right Type:
The guitar is actually believed to be the most popular and versatile instrument. Choosing the right type of guitar for your seven year old can be quite a hustle but with these simple tips, you don’t have to worry. You can either decide to choose an electric or acoustic guitar for your child depending on their preference. Always give your child an opportunity to pick the guitar he or she wants to play if you want them to be successful in playing the instrument.
It is worth noting that neither type is wrong or right and each type of guitar has particular merits.
When your seven year old child begins the learning process, its important to encourage them, and within a short period of time, the child may begin creating particular sounds that they love. Always choose a guitar that is playable and one with a good sound. If the guitar doesn’t sound too good and can’t be tuned, this can be a bit of an hindrance.
The common issue with beginner acoustic guitars is that they are initially strung with nylon strings. These nylon strings can be hard to tune. This can generally be remedied by playing the guitar for a few weeks and allowing the strings to “stretch.” A secondary option is to simply purchase a “professional” set of strings and re-string the guitar. If you choose the right guitar, your child will get better and better within a very short period of time.
Coming back to the real matter at hand on picking the right sized guitar for your seven year old……t is worth noting down that even if the guitar is the right size and it isn’t adjusted, it can be difficult for the child to play.
Does The Right Size Vary From One Child To The Other ?
– The height of the child may make the guitar size vary. For your seven year old child who’s height is above average, you should choose a “36 inch guitar.”
– If your seven year old child is small for his or her age, then you should purchase a “30 inch guitar.”
– However, if your child is small to about average in height, a “34 inch guitar” is appropriate for them.
Buying a guitar for a child is not that difficult, but buying the right sized guitar for your child is quite a hustle because you will have to choose the guitar that is both appealing and playable. If the guitar is difficult to play, the child will be discourage and also if the guitar is not appealing to the your child, then your child may become dis-interested.
Beginning Guitar Playing Skills:
Learning music is a positive experience all around, but it is a challenge. The problem is less daunting if you begin with a clear understanding of what is involved. Think of it like climbing a mountain. If you know how to prepare, what to expect and how long it will take, you are more likely to follow through. If I said let’s go for a walk and 6 hours later you found yourself halfway up the mountain with no idea how much longer it will take, you are cold, tired and just “over it”, you are likely to through in the towel. Well, that is precisely what happens to most people who take up the guitar.
All guitarists need to learn particular skills. Think of guitar playing like learning a language. To be an effective communicator in any language, you should learn to speak, read and write. To be able to play guitar and communicate musically we need to learn the guitar equivalent. Teaching guitar is about being able to break down the complexed skill of guitar playing into simple steps. These steps will vary depending on the student’s age.
For example, if a seven-year-old was to learn guitar there is not much point in giving analogies such as ‘learning guitar is like learning to drive etc.’ Teaching young children guitar involves simple games that teach them basic rhythm and pitch. With adults, it is a whole different ballgame. Adults can range from the person who has no prior musical knowledge to the student who has been involved in music all their life. Both have pluses and minuses.
So What Are The Guitar Playing Skills For 7 Year Olds?
They are as follows;
Picking, Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Strumming (Rhythm), Reading and Aural.
By learning and developing each of these skills, your child will have the foundation to go on and play almost anything. There are of course many other skills like slides, bends, hammer on, pull off, tapping, artificial harmonics, etc. But these should be added after you have done at least six months of foundation building on the Seven Essential Skills of Guitar.
Why is foundation building so important? Well, think of it as a house. If you will not take the time to build strong foundations, your house will most likely collapse. With guitar, the foundations give you the ability to go on and play much more difficult pieces of music. If you do not build solid foundations early, you will almost certainly have to come back and relearn those skills.
This is not exclusive to guitar. I would say it is somewhat of a universal law. Take people’s handwriting for instance. Has your handwriting improved much since you were a teenager? My guess is not. In some cases, it may, in fact, be worse. Reason being is your writing style is based on your early years of learning to write. If you had taken the time to perfect each pen stroke early, you quite likely would have nice handwriting today.
The Seven Essential Skills are about developing these foundations from the very beginning. Let’s look at picking for example. Picking involves some factors. A steady hand, accurate pick action, alternate picking action to name a few. It is not an easy matter of hitting a string. It needs to be done with precision and accuracy right from the start. If you play golf, think of it like a golf swing.
A golf swing is not a natural action. We have to learn and develop it. Guitar picking is not exactly necessary for the survival of the human race, so old mother nature did not build it into her list of innate skills. It takes time to develop a good picking action, but it is well worth the time invested if you are serious about playing guitar.
So I strongly recommend you stick the Seven Essential Skills to Guitar on your child’s wall so that he can invest a little time each day in improving them. Do not expect your child to be a guitar hero early on. Build those foundations and be patient. Let them develop, otherwise your child’s guitar playing will ultimately suffer. Remember ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing well!’