Guitar or Ukulele - The best ages to start playing.
Ukulele is the perfect instrument for a 5 year old to start on. Older kids do just as well on uke and of course adults love playing ukuleles of all sizes! Whether you choose to play soprano or tenor ukulele, they are all small, inexpensive, and easy to play. Ukuleles make perfect travel companions, even on a plane.
Seven years old is usually the earliest age you want to start a child on guitar. Adults can start learning guitar at any age! We recommend starting children at the age of five or six on ukulele or piano lessons for a year or two. Then they have a huge head-start when they transition to guitar at the age of seven. Even a half-size guitar can be challenging for a 5 year old to play due to its size, shape, and having 6 strings instead of just 4 strings like the easier to learn ukulele has. But in general, 7 years old and older is the perfect age to start guitar lessons!
Is guitar a difficult instrument to learn?
Guitar is not a difficult instrument to learn if you have a good teacher. In fact, it can be a blast! Many people try to teach themselves and give up quickly because it isn't a very natural instrument when you first pick it up. You need to feel comfortable with your instrument. The guitar needs to be adjusted properly and have the correct strings in order to minimize discomfort. The way you hold your guitar is critical. Our fantastic guitar teachers can get you up and running quickly!
How long will it take me to learn how to play?
Most songs have some really fun riffs, licks & chord strumming patterns that you can take home with you after your very first lesson! Of course there are tons of more challenging songs that will take you longer. You will never get bored playing the guitar but you can learn parts of songs you know right away! The speed at which you learn will be dependent on a number of factors such as: The length of time you practice each day, your age (older students tend to learn faster most of the time), and your commitment to a regular weekly lesson schedule. Just like everything you want to be good at in life, it takes some effort on your part. A great guitar teacher can greatly reduce the time it takes you to learn! Contact us about lessons to get started today.
Do you suggest 30-minute or 60-minute weekly lessons?
Most of our students take weekly half-hour, private lessons. Hour-long guitar lessons are also available but generally are only necessary for advanced-level students. A lesson will start with a brief review of what you have been working on over the previous week followed by new songs, techniques, etc. for you to work on at home until you see your teacher the next time. A professional guitar teacher can give you more than enough to keep you busy for the entire week!
Which styles of music do you teach?
All of our teachers can teach the most popular styles of guitar and we have some teachers that specialize in styles such as classical, jazz, metal, and much more! Many of our students want to learn songs in the following styles but if you have a favorite style of music that isn't listed here, please ask us as most of our teachers are extremely versatile and can usually teach you any style of music you wish.
Some common styles of music that guitar students wish to learn are: Rock, blues, country, worship, jazz, classical, children's songs, and various cultural and regional genres of music from all across the globe!
Do you offer lessons for beginners through advanced-level students?
Yes. We have fantastic guitar teachers that teach beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. All of our teachers are comfortable working with beginners and we welcome students that have never even picked up a guitar before! Guitar teachers love to see the excitement a student has when they are able to play their first songs and riffs!
Intermediate and advanced-level students have access to some of the area's top guitar teachers at our school! Many of them gig regularly, have made many professional recordings and can't wait to help you achieve your goals as a musician to take your playing to an entirely new level! Often times we get intermediate and even advanced level players that are stuck on a certain plateau that they just can't seem to break through. We can absolutely help you with advanced concepts like improvising though key changes, understanding the circle of 5ths, improving your speed and rhythm playing. Give us a call and tell us what your challenges are. We will connect you with a teacher that can help!
What's The Best Beginner Guitar? Electric, Acoustic or Classical?
The majority of children and adult students are more successful learning on electric guitars. Both types of guitars are similar in price. For most beginners, starting on an electric guitar gives you the best odds of success! We know this from decades of experience. Electric guitars have smaller strings that are easier to press down causing less discomfort which promotes longer practice sessions. The strings are also closer to the fingerboard so you don’t have to press as hard.
The body of an electric guitar is also smaller and thinner so that you can more easily see your fingers. The neck is usually smaller in diameter so that makes it a little easier to play chords (multiple notes at the same time). This video really does a great job of explaining and demonstrating the differences! What's The Best Beginner Guitar? Electric, Acoustic or Classical?
But there are times when starting on an acoustic guitar is the best choice. If you already own an acoustic guitar, go ahead and start lessons on it to make sure that guitar is the “right” instrument for you. Then if you stick with it, you can reward yourself with an electric guitar after a few months of lessons. If you are an adult or large teen and you know you want to play acoustic guitar (because that is the sound you prefer), then go ahead and start on an acoustic guitar as well. Also, if a child or smaller teen/adult wishes to start on an acoustic guitar, they have 1/2 size and 3/4 sized guitars available that are excellent options! After you have checked our Guitar Buyer's Guide, feel free to call or email us if you have any questions or need help in choosing a guitar to start on. We're happy to help!
What kind of guitar should I purchase?
Please see our Guitar Buyer's Guide at the link below. It has a lot of advice on instruments you can purchase or rent that will be excellent for you to start with.