January 6, 2013

Are you too old to start playing the guitar?

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Written by: John Baucum

old-man-pink-guitar-corbis-660-80People often ask me, “How old does my child need to be before he can start guitar lessons?”   It is really up to the child.  I taught a 3 year old once.  They were really focused for about 15 minutes.  They hit one string nice and consistently and they squeezed with there left hand on several different frets.  If the child can keep focused for 15 to 30 minutes and enjoys playing the guitar then they are ready.  Even if they only take 3 or 4 lessons, it is good to expose them to a musical instrument.


About the Author

John Baucum
Hello, my name is John Baucum. My goal is for students to have a fun time while they learn to play a musical instrument. I strive to give the students a musical education in addition to helping them reach the goals they have set for themselves. I have been teaching Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar for 30 years. I am the author of 60 Seconds Can Change Your Life and the owner of Valley Music Institute. The lessons are for beginners to advanced players. Great for all ages! I Specialize in fun, engaging lessons that challenge students to strive for excellence. I teach ALL styles: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Finger style, Solo Guitar, Bluegrass and more. I teach practical theory, ear training, and technique exercises to help students reach their musical goals. One method I use to instruct students has received great results. I first let students pick a song they like. I then teach them music theory, proper technique, improvising and ear training in conjunction with the song.


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