guitars for kids

Kids’ Electric Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Electric Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Electric Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Electric Guitar Starter Pack.

The Darling Divas acoustic prepaks provide a new player everything they need to get started playing, at an affordable price.
The Darling Divas acoustic prepaks provide a new player everything they need to get started playing, at an affordable price.
The Darling Divas acoustic prepaks provide a new player everything they need to get started playing, at an affordable price.
The Darling Divas acoustic prepaks provide a new player everything they need to get started playing, at an affordable price.
The Darling Divas acoustic prepaks provide a new player everything they need to get started playing, at an affordable price.
The Darling Divas acoustic prepaks provide a new player everything they need to get started playing, at an affordable price.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
This Amigo nylon string acoustic guitar is the perfect first guitar for any aspiring player.
30" Student Guitar These 1/2 size acoustic guitars provide the young student an easy-to-hold instrument.
Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar Package.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar Package.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar Package.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar.
Children’s Acoustic Guitar.
Kids’ Acoustic Guitar.
Acoustic Guitar Starter Kit.

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The lower priced guitars, mandolins, and banjos of today are far superior to the instruments I began with in the 60’s.  Then you had to have great concern for the "action" (the height of the strings above the metal frets on the guitar neck fingerboard) as well as strength of construction.  We have all seen yard sale guitars whose tops are "bellied" or raised in a convex fashion, whose bridges (where the strings attach to the main body) are pulling off, whose tuning machines don’t work, and whose necks are warped and/or separating from the body.  Quite often these were old "cheapo’s", but I won’t name names because there are exceptions to every rule.  And every now and then I find an old Sears Silvertone, or Harmony guitar that plays pretty well (Ooops! I just named names).
One battle a parent will have when buying a guitar for their son or daughter, is the cosmetic aspect.  Most professional musicians I know don’t really care what the instrument looks like.  Well, maybe that’s going too far, but I do know that the emphasis is on playability and sound; the two most important features in the relationship between man and musician.  Many kids are going to be attracted to that fancy glittery thing shaped like hangman’s Ax.  Well, here again, the news isn’t that bad.  Most of these instruments are fairly well constructed as well, and should provide a structurally integrated start.  If you are shopping for an electric guitar, you might want to ask the store owner about the strength of the metal hardware like the bridge and "vibrato arm".
The down side about fledgling musicians focusing on looks, is that they may exclude a really great instrument available at a decent price because of a few "dings".  I really don’t know what to say about this dilemma, I had to have a Madras belt when I was 13.  Maybe you can show them a photo of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Strat.  It was definitely ridden hard, but very road worthy!!  On my third album A VIEW FROM THE PLAIN (acoustic-oriented fingerstyle guitar) I made extensive use of an old Regal guitar I bought for $30.00 at a flea market.  Once I re-glued the back to the sides, it made a great slide guitar.  Matter of fact, all the slide guitar work on that album was done with the little Regal.
Some folks prefer their "action" higher or lower though.  It’s a matter of personal preference.  Acoustic instruments will usually demand higher action than electric guitars.  Generally speaking, acoustic guitar strings are also heavier than strings on an electric.  This means more pressure on the fingers.  If you are just starting as a beginner, you will need to practice and toughen up the ends of your fingers.  Please be patient.
This page is like a beginner guitar helper, or perhaps guitar for dummies.  I was a musical instrument maker (Luthier) for many years before I turned to composing music and focusing on my albums.  I’ll throw up a few photos in these pages of some of the instruments I have made to give you an idea about my experience.  My guitars were usually on what is considered to be the "high end".
Then, the cheaper instruments came out of Korea and Taiwan.  Then they got good, and India, China, and Malaysia took over.  The result is that they are all fairly well made.  I got in a bunch of Takamine Jasmine guitars recently that are made in Malaysia, and they were constructed very well.  Granted, they were all plywood, but hey, what do you expect?  The real story here is that they function well, and comparatively speaking, are far superior in action height and playability than the beginning instruments I had when I was a kid.  Another positive thing about plywood is that it tends not to crack or split.  Instruments made of solid wood, while usually superior in tone, show a higher tendency to do that (i.e. if the wood is not seasoned properly before being used in construction).
Another improvement in the newer cheap guitars is the functionality of the "truss rod".  This is a metal rod running inside the length of the guitar neck (usually about 1/2" below the fret board) to counter the "pull" of all those strings.  The "pull" of the strings can create a "forward bow".  If you tighten the truss rod, it creates a counter pull theoretically reducing any warping.  The easiest (yet not necessarily the most accurate way) of seeing if a neck has a "forward bow", is to sight down the neck like you would a rifle.
If you are buying a used instrument from an individual, perhaps if you leave a deposit, they will allow you to take the instrument to a person who is more knowledgeable.  It is really a lot to ask, but maybe some of you are bold?  And again, the market is very much a buyers market.  Today’s starter guitars are generally pretty good and you can’t go too wrong.  The most important thing is to find an instrument you can "connect" with.  There is a magic to some instruments.  One that "fits" a particular person can encourage him to continue to practice, and more easily see the victories rather than the struggles and defeat.
First of all, there is a lot of pressure on a stringed instrument.  This, combined with other factors such as variances in climate, and the unpredictability of wood, can make things tricky.  Wood is a living breathing thing.  It isn’t as stable as metal, and like people, can be unpredictable.  That is also the beauty of wood.  It’s mass and characteristics make it the perfect medium for making musical instruments.  Be aware that wood has a cellular structure and changes in climate, temperature, and humidity, can effect an instrument.  In the winter months when we have our heaters on and the level of humidity in the air declines, wood can exhibit some shrinkage.
There are many sources for buying instruments these days.  Even Wal-mart has guitar packages.  Now, here is where I have one slight exception to my belief in the cheaper instruments being well built.  I have played the Wal-mart guitar and amp packages.  My response was mixed.  I was impressed with its tone.  It had a very nice Fender Stratocaster sound, but both on an experiential as well as intuitive level, I felt they were assembled rather sloppily.  Action a tad high, frets sticking out the side of the neck.
I hope to take some of the mystery away from buying your first guitar as it’s my belief that finding a beginners guitar is fairly easy.  Finding that second guitar, or the guitar you are going to play with on a professional basis, is a bit more difficult.  It’s then you really have to learn about the subtle nuances of tone, projection, and feel.  These are very subjective elements and it is helpful to have had the experience of playing other instruments to come up with a choice that is right for you.

Scaled to the size of Children’s fingers these Strunal Guitars have been designed according to ergonomically correct dimensions to suit the youngest students.

Fortunately, guitar manufacturers understand that learning how to play the guitar as a child is a great opportunity and there are many great guitars for children that you can buy.
But what about getting them their own guitar? Your child is going to have a hard time even looking over that full size acoustic you have, let alone being able to wrap their arms around it and strum and fret notes.
If you’re starting your child out on an acoustic instrument, it might be a good idea to start them out on a nylon string guitar.
Just because your local department store sells a guitar for kids doesn’t mean that it’s an instrument that would be best suited for your child to learn how to play.
Before you start freaking out because your child picked up your flawless Taylor guitar or dragged your expensive Paul Reed Smith out of the case, think about celebrating your child’s inherent creativity and their desire to be like you.
If your kid is picking up your guitar when you’re not playing and trying to make music for themselves, no matter how bad it sounds because they don’t know the first thing about playing, it’s a good thing.
If you’re a guitar player who plays regularly around the house and you have children, it’s almost inevitable that your children will take an interest in wanting to play.
When you’re looking for a guitar for your child, test a few out and see which one is the right size.
Before you buy a guitar for your child, make sure to check the action and playability of the instrument for yourself.

Knowing the right style and size of guitar to buy for your child can be very important, because children learning to play on the wrong size or type of guitar may get easily frustrated with lessons, which can lead to slow progress and even poor playing technique.
Prices for guitars for children can vary greatly, but you should be able to buy your child either a classical acoustic, steel string acoustic, or electric guitar for under $100.
Most music instructors recommend a classical nylon string acoustic guitar for beginners, not only because the strings can be much easier to press down but also because the frets are slightly wider, which helps students learn proper chord formation with much more ease.
Children can easily learn to play on electric guitars as well as acoustic, but if you decide to keep in mind you will also need to get an amplifier and a guitar cable to go along with it.
Guitars for children, or “beginner” guitars, tend to be the least expensive models available, so purchasing a guitar for your child shouldn’t be too hard on your pocketbook.
If your child falls on the line of one of these height to age ratios or is tall for their age with longer arms or fingers, it is a good idea to go ahead and purchase the larger size guitar.
Children five feet and taller usually can learn to play just fine on a full size, 4/4 guitar.

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Best Acoustic Guitar for a Child? Guitar teachers usually recommend classical nylon string guitars for young, beginner acoustic guitar players – a child acoustic guitar.
This kids acoustic guitar (baritone ukulele considered as a child acoustic guitar) is smaller and less expensive than most guitars and is usually tuned DGBE – exactly the same as the top four strings of a guitar.
What if your child has their heart set on being a rock star, playing a sizzling hot red electric guitar in front of the cheering masses? It may be such a crushing blow to be gifted a boring old brown kids acoustic guitar that the child never learns to play.
Very importantly, the nylon strings do not cut into young beginner fingers like the steel strings on an acoustic or electric guitar.
An alternative to a child acoustic guitar, my 6-year old started playing on a baritone ukulele.
So, buyers may find the opposite to be true – that a quality child beginner guitar is more expensive than a quality adult beginner guitar.
Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk 3/4 Size, ~$129 Cheap child guitar.
Start your child with some basic guitar chords and some easy acoustic guitar tabs.

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While shredding on Guitar Hero has made the instrument even more popular with kids, mastering six strings and developing finger dexterity, muscle memory for chords and the required callouses to reduce uncomfortableness require real work and dedication.
As a musician, Rafael understood that by reducing the number of strings on the guitar, learning would be simpler and wouldn’t necessarily reduce the musical capabilities of the instrument.
Brainchild of Rafael Atijas, a musician and master’s student at NYU, the Loog Guitar is a reduced scale three-string guitar.
First, Rafael saw a need for a well designed guitar that can grow with a student after seeing his own nieces and nephew try learning regular kid’s guitars.
Not only is Kickstarter a wonderful way to back a project and get something from your support, it helps innovative products such as the Loog guitar get off the ground.
Making things easier, however, is a fantastic new project launched last week on Kickstarter: The Loog Guitar.
So if you want to introduce guitar to your kid, consider backing the Loog Guitar project on Kickstarter.
The guitar ships with three nylon strings, a book teaching how to play the guitar and chords and the sustainable guitar stand made out of cardboard.
Don’t let the fully funded state of the project fool you as you can still pledge support to pick up a guitar at a discount.

Even though it’s pink and glittery, I this guitar because it doesn’t make my shoulder sore! And, although it was very inexpensive (another online auction purchase), it works on Rocksmith just fine – stays in tune, has adjustable intonation, and offers surprisingly good sustain.
Rocksmith isn’t really a "game," so why play it with a toy? In the name of fairness, I may try using a First Act toy guitar on RS just to see.
My kids play, too (Fender Squier Strat and Washburn/Lyon LG115) and I’ll cover some of their Rocksmith experiences if they can ever stay un-grounded long enough to use the XBox.
Tim’s question got me thinking about guitars that you might buy specifically for your kids to play Rocksmith.
In addition to finding a piece of junk First Act toy Strat to test, I’ll see the my friends at the local GC will let me "borrow" one of the 3/4 scale guitars to play RS with.
Still, it is a full-sized adult guitar and it’s pretty heavy. Might still too much guitar for really young kids.
My short answer is that kids can play as soon as they’re old enough to hold a real guitar.
My son wants a guitar for his 11th birthday so he can play Rocksmith with me.
My friend at the Guitar Center tells me that scaled-down guitars can be harder to keep in tune.
I’ve already written about using inexpensive guitars to play Rocksmith.

The Loog Guitar is lots of fun, but it’s not a toy: it’s a real instrument, made out of real wood, that allows you to play chords and virtually any song, just like a regular guitar.
And because The Loog Guitar comes with nylon strings, not only it is easy for kids to play, it is also easy on their hands.
The fact that The Loog Guitar was conceived in a university actually explains a lot about the company’s culture: our main goal is not to make the most profit, but to offer a product that is unique and well-designed.
The Loog Guitar, with its 3 strings, makes it easier for kids to tune, play and listen to the notes they are playing.
That is why The Loog Guitar comes unassembled for kids and parents to build together.
In March 2011, The Loog Guitar was launched via Kickstarter, a fundraising website for creative projects.
The Loog Guitar Kickstarter Video from Loog Guitars on Vimeo.

Researchers led by Cornell University in New York have found evidence for the origins of life in a star-forming region of interstellar space called Sagittarius B2 (shown).
Research led by Ohio State University has found that people in a negative mood like to see others who are also doing badly on social networks (stock image shown).
To create the technology, computer scientists from the University of Bristol created a setup that involved sensors, projectors and mirrors placed in front of a pane of glass (pictured).
A study led by the University of Chicago says keyboard layouts have influenced how people name babies (stock image shown) due to something called the ‘Qwerty effect’.
Researchers at the University of Washington found that children as young as 15 months can detect anger and then change their behaviour to try and keep others happy.
The study, led by the University of New South Wales, Australia, also found that regular teen cannabis users (stock image) are eight times much more likely to use other drugs.
University of Edinburgh and University of Pennsylvania researchers have found men and older people prefer ‘er’, while women and teenagers prefer ‘um’.
Researchers from MassGen Hospital for Children and John Hopkins University, both in the U.S., found teenagers given sulforaphane showed ‘remarkable improvements in four weeks.

For five years, Craig has been raising a little money, buying guitars, and giving them to kids at the Noreastr Festival in Mio, MI.
This year, I’m giving $5 of every shirt sale during my spring tour to Carrick’s Guitars for Kids program.
As school budgets continue to cut funding for music programs, we are losing opportunities to give kids a creative outlet, a confidence builder, an art form.

Now Daredevil fans can read all about "the Ducks," as they came to call themselves, in a new book: "It Shined: The Saga of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils." Its author is Michael "Supe" Granda, a member of the band since its inception in 1971 and a 1969 Lindbergh High School graduate.
His sense of humor earned him the reputation as the band’s biggest "goofball." Granda’s rock ‘n’ roll background had a strong influence on the Daredevils’ music.
Granda knew nothing of the Springfield music scene when he arrived at Southwest Missouri State University in the fall of 1969.

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I see as a glaring double standard expressed on "The Bad Show," in particular the story of Fritz Haber, the German chemist who unleashed chlorine gas on enemy soldiers in World War I.
A few weeks after listening to the Good Show I came across a fascinating book called "The Science of Evil" by Simon Baron-Cohen which I found intriguing.
So: the only people who get prod four ("You have no other choice…") have already just refused to go on having received the third prod ("It is essential…"). It doesn’t seem then that the conclusion that they don’t do it when ordered if unsupported.
You kept on saying that you wanted to take a shower after hearing the brutality of "evil", but I thought the show was just the opposite: a cold shower empowering action … hopefully good action.
In the show there was a point where Fritz Haber’s good and bad contributions were played against one another and the question asked, or implied, if it would have been better if none of the contributions were ever to have been made.
We may have "solved" world hunger with the Haber process, but we’ve escaped the natural limit of the nitrogen cycle and allowed an explosion of humanity that, whether overfed or starving, are on the whole undernourished by the predominance of corn and soy in the modern diet.
Though I would not call Oppenheimer a "bad" or "evil" man, and would consider Haber to be evil, others would disagree.
For people who liked the Fritz Haber segment of the story, Jonathan Glover has a great book (ironically) titled Humanity that details many of the atrocities of the 20th century.
It disturbs me that in examining "evil," RadioLab goes back a century to another continent to critique with near incredulity a man who killed thousands of soldiers on a battlefield — while completely ignoring the fact that, decades more recently, our own country dropped the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities, indiscriminately killing hundreds of thousands of civilians.
You are missing an integral part of what made Haber "bad" enough to warrant examination, but not the atom bomb pioneers: so far as the story presented, Haber enjoyed, even *relished* his invented mass killing.
This state, therefore, arouses compassion and love in us." So in the case of Gary Ridgway or in the case of Titus, I can speak for myself in saying that I do not think that knowing what specifically led them to the state of being so divided, distanced, and alienated to the point where they felt enough hatred to kill will help to guide me or my actions to a state of increased compassion and love.
I didn’t like the interpretation that "people ignore orders" based on people refusing to continue after the 4th prod (Milgram experiment).
It’s ironic that you slid into the questionable moral framework of your first segment about Milgram’s experiment, which is to cop to the rationale of ‘a greater good.’ Thanks, though for a great show.
How do you square the idea of a bad person who does great good? Or a good person who does terrible harm? Sam Kean introduces us to the confusing life story of Fritz Haber.
Jad and Rob, great episode! Just wanted to let you know that if i have to listen to your "quick message" inviting me to "the coolest thing you’ve ever done" again, i’ll never listen to the danged show again.
There will always be people that will do things that seem evil and bad and there will always be people that do good, and we know within ourselves what leads us to good and what leads us to bad and should do all we can to try to let this knowledge guide us in our daily actions and thoughts towards others.
The question is: does one’s moral merit depend on the motives behind an action, or in the utility or consequence of the action? Furthermore, is there- or are there categorical utilities that might supersede any beneficent intentions, i.e. saving a life while acting under "selfish" motives? Overall, I’ve found this to be one of the most effective–and affecting–shows that Radiolab has done.

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