A distinct and important group of guitars is the left-handed guitar. The left-handed guitar is held with the fretboard in the right hand while the picking is done with the left hand. The strings are reversed, and the guitar looks like a mirror image of a right-handed guitar. It can be purchased in many styles and shapes.
One thing you must consider is how available a “Children’s Left Handed Acoustic Guitar” is. Until recently, they have been pretty hard to find, and although measures have been taken against discriminatory practices like this, you’re still going to have some trouble locating a good left-handed guitar, especially if you’re set on one particular style.
Best Childrens Left Handed Acoustic Guitars!
The Availability Of The Childrens Left Handed Acoustic Guitar!
Good musical instrument manufacturers make no assumptions and are not biased toward only the right-handed player. The left-handed player is equally dear to them. Some try to make it a point to give the left handed player some options and they do their best to accommodate them. Some are adding several new lines of left-handed acoustic guitars including 6 or 12 strings, either metal or nonmetal.
Many manufacturers offer the option of specially ordering a specific left handed guitar. The cost relies upon a few elements, including the nature of the acoustics, the material body, and visual interest. Those with completed necks and mahogany bodies are normally extremely costly. A few makers and music shops offer free lessons particularly made for left-hand learners.
Does your child seem to have an aptitude for music? Do they enjoy playing air guitar? Do they have several artists and musicians that they look up to and constantly talk about. This is a sure sign that getting a childrens left handed acoustic guitar is the next step.
What To Look For When Getting A Good Childrens Left Handed Acoustic Guitar!
1) Make Sure The Guitar Is Right Size
Children under 4 years of age normally can’t play a string guitar. Begin this age group out on toy guitars that light up, or play music with easy to touch buttons. Once your child can graduate from these basic toys, you can “upgrade” to toy guitars with strings, amplifiers, and microphones. You can also purchase a Ukelele for your child. This is a perfect substitute for a real guitar that will fit their body type. Once your child gets to the point where he/she can start playing a real guitar, it is time for them to get their acoustic guitar or electric guitar.
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
10 to 12 Years of Age = 38 to 39 inch guitar (semi-full size)
13 and over = 41 inch guitar (full size)
2) Acoustic Guitar For Children
Once your tyke gets the opportunity to be 5 – 7 years of age, you can buy a few unique styles of child’s guitars. These smaller guitars have a similar sound as an adult guitar but are made to fit the smaller arms and hands of your child. The sound may not be totally “professional”, but it is normally good enough to learn on and “train” the ear. The neck is usually narrower to accommodate the kid’s fingers. Many of these guitars come in different colors, and it may help to get a good case to keep it protected and well cared for.
This is the part with the sound hole in the front. It is where the strumming is done, and it can vary in size. The actual size, shape, type of wood, coating, and general build of the body also affects how the guitar will “sound,” whether it’s a rich and warm sound or a thin and ‘twangy’ sound. The body tends to be the part that also gets scratched, damaged, and banged-up the most.
This is the long piece extending from the body and ends at the ‘head’ of the guitar where the ‘Tuning Heads’ are, also known as ‘machine heads.’ The strings travel from the ‘Bridge’ on the body, across the sound hole, along with the ‘Fret Board,’ which is attached to the front-side of the neck, and finally arriving at the tuning heads where they are wrapped around tuning posts.
The Bridge is normally located on the front of the body, by the sound hole, and on the side of the hole opposite to the neck. The strings are usually fed through the bridge first before they cross the hole and travel up the neck to the tuning heads. The bridge is like an anchor-point for the strings. Metal bridges are best, but on most acoustics, they are either hard plastic or wood. Bridges tend to crack and split over a long period.
The fretboard is glued to the front of the neck. This is the part you press the strings onto to make chords or play individual notes. Because it’s glued on separately, a fretboard can be made of wood that’s different from the neck.
The strings travel over the fretboard, and the distance they are above the fretboard makes a difference to the playability of the guitar. If the strings are too far above the fretboard, then they will be hard to press down, making the guitar hard to play.
Benefits Of Acoustic Guitars vs. Electric Guitars
Most people can pick up an Acoustic Guitar for a few reasons. They are either part of a family that plays guitars or music; they want to be a star, or they just like music. Acoustic guitars have one key advantage over electric guitars, and that is portability. You can carry an acoustic guitar almost anywhere and play it almost anywhere.
One of the great advantages of acoustic guitars is that you can play almost any type of music on them. They are not just for folk or country. Blues, ska, pop, and almost any genre of music can be played on an acoustic guitar. Most professional musicians carry an acoustic with them in case inspiration strikes, and then advance what they’ve developed on their guitar into a finished product for whatever type of music they perform.
One great help to amateur and beginning players is guitar tablature. Tablature shows you the chords that go along with a song and when to change chords. You can pick out a melody, strum the rhythm, or do a combination of both from the information provided in tablature.