Not only are children’s guitar books extremely enjoyable, but they offer the material in such a way that learning becomes a breeze. If you’re a parent, and you recently got a guitar for your kid. Then I highly recommend that you buy a guitar book for him or her.
What age can you start teaching a child Guitar?
All children are different, so you can’t give an accurate answer. On average, here’s what you can expect from the introduction of the guitar to children of a certain age:
- 5-6 years old: just fooling with the guitar as a tool, so forcing guitar lessons is a waste of time and effort.
- 7-8 years old: as children become school-aged, they have the opportunity to pay more attention to learning the guitar.
- 9 + years old: this is when children begin to start taking the guitar seriously.
Tips for teaching guitar for your kids
It takes time to learn to play the guitar. Having enough practice is important at any age, but as any parent would admit, most children would quickly get frustrated and have little patience.
- Practice time: Make your little one practice 15-30 minutes a day, at least 3 days a week. It’s best to set a daily time slot for the practice of guitar, so it can become a routine.
- Encouragement: Children are happy to receive recognition and encouragement from parents, so make sure you tell them how well they’re doing for every class.
- True music: Keep your child motivated by putting him/her on real music, not just nursery rhymes. Speak about your favorite artists, guitar players, concerts that you’ve been to. Guitar players are cool, and even 5-year-olds can see that.
- Guitar size: Make sure you have the right guitar size for your child’s age. Here’s a guide on how to pick a kid’s instrument.
Best Kids Guitar Books for Beginners
1. My First Guitar: Learn To Play: Kids
- Easy to follow instructions and illustrations.
- Simple exercises to follow and practice.
- Learn at their own pace.
- Fun and easy songs, chords, and tunes to play.
- Simply follow the lessons in the book and kids will be playing guitar in no time!
2. Alfred’s Kid’s Guitar Course 1: The Easiest Guitar Method Ever!
Ron Manus is co-owner of both Alfred Publishing and its sister company, Daisy Rock Guitars. Ron joined Alfred Publishing in 1988 and today is the company’s Vice President. Ron is one of Alfred Publishing’s top-selling authors, having over 100 published titles to his credit including instructional items for guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, and drums. In addition to holding prominent positions with Alfred Publishing and Daisy Rock Guitars, he also enjoys playing guitar and singing in the rock-solid, no-nonsense, punk rock band sASSafrASS.
L. C. Harnsberger received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California. It was there that he studied with well-respected composers and arrangers including Morton Lauridsen and William A. Schaefer. Since finishing school, he has been writing and arranging for numerous wind ensembles, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists. His published works for Alfred Publishing include music for band, full orchestra, solo piano, and choral accompaniments. His most popular publication is the Essential Dictionary of Music which is a concise, pocket-sized reference guide of definitions, composers, theory, and instrument ranges that are used by musicians of all levels.
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3. Guitar for Kids: Hal Leonard Guitar Method
Guitar for Kids is a fun, easy course that teaches children to play guitar faster than ever before. Popular songs such as ‘Yellow Submarine,’ ‘Hokey Pokey,’ ‘I’m a Believer,’ ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’ ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘Hound Dog’ keep students motivated, and the clean, simple page layouts ensure their attention remains focused on one concept at a time.
The method is equally suitable for students using electric or acoustic guitars. It can be used in combination with a guitar teacher or parents, even if they’ve never had any musical training themselves. The accompanying online audio contains more than 30 tracks for demonstration and play-along and is accessed using the unique code printed inside each book. No tablature included.
4. Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video
- Guitar for Kids comes with 47 downloadable audio tracks with musical pieces in styles such as Rock, Blues, Pop, Flamenco, Jazz, and Reggae. Each piece has a full band demo track and accompanying backing track with the guitar part removed for you to play over. The songs also have video examples.
- EZ chords are covered (easy chords with fewer notes) and are accompanied with diagrams of the full versions for later on, or if you feel like a challenge.
- Guitar for Kids uses mostly guitar tablature making this popular instrument more easily accessible for beginners (as do most adult guitar method books).
- Guitar For Kids is a fun guide on the first steps of learning to play Guitar with over 70 photographic examples, purpose-made diagrams and cartoons.
5. Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids Book: with Online Video and Audio Access
The Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids Book with Online Video & Audio Access by Jay Wamsted was designed to help the absolute beginning student learn to play the guitar. This step by step course is designed for elementary school-aged children (ages 5-10) and quickly teaches the student to play songs they will know and love. These lessons start by playing beginner chord shapes (G, C, G7, D) that are easier for younger students with smaller hands.
Guitar for Kids: The First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar is another fantastic book that’s filled with lots of valuable knowledge that’s targeted at children. It’s certainly worth checking out. If you want me to do a video review of these guitar books, please let me know in the comments section below.