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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Humf » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:09 pm

Ok. We’ll see how we get on. From memory, my early days on the violin and piano aged 6, lessons were mainly fun games/familiarity/posture type stuff. Lots and lots of singing too.

So I’ll keep it light and not expect too much at this stage.


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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Humf » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:14 pm

I’ve taught violin to year 1 (aged 5/6). Lessons were short 20 mins and by time we’d chatted got the instrument out and done some rhythm games or similar, the actual playing was probably only 10 mins or so. More a case of developing confidence and the routines involved. Also the 1-2-1 rapport with an adult is good thing to develop I think ... but that might be a different thing as Dad!!!


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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:57 pm

Sounds like the nipper is in good hands. You might just pick up some guitar yourself along the way, I doubt you'll find it difficult given your existing skills (a lot easier than me trying to teach myself fiddle anyway...) :thumbup:
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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby CS70 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:01 pm

Humf wrote:I’ve taught violin to year 1 (aged 5/6). Lessons were short 20 mins and by time we’d chatted got the instrument out and done some rhythm games or similar, the actual playing was probably only 10 mins or so. More a case of developing confidence and the routines involved. Also the 1-2-1 rapport with an adult is good thing to develop I think ... but that might be a different thing as Dad!!!


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Just one note - make sure his posture is as good as possible. Don't mean boring classical posture or even the fretting hand - that is good but can be too unnatural for a 6 years old - but rather the tension in the shoulders and arms and the general relaxed body posture.

The risk in doing it at home is to get bad habits that are then much harder to remove, so worth paying attention to these things from the start.
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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Humf » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:58 pm

Yes CS70. That’s a worry I have. But hopefully for the short (?) period of lockdown plus your kind assistance on here and plenty of reading by me, we’ll avoid too many pitfalls.

As a 14 yr old I became very serious about my playing and converted over to viola. My teacher at RNCM had a lot of work to undo. We spent many lessons not even playing a single note. Very thankful for it now though.


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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Humf » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:01 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Sounds like the nipper is in good hands. You might just pick up some guitar yourself along the way, I doubt you'll find it difficult given your existing skills (a lot easier than me trying to teach myself fiddle anyway...) :thumbup:
That’s the plan

Always been a regret of mine, not learning even some basic guitar skills. So many times I’m troubling shooting stuff in school and would be so helpful to grab the instrument and give a demo. But hey ho. Piano good too.


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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:06 pm

Piano is indeed good too, I regret not learning as a kid (not that that was ever going to happen TBH). #2 son went to RNCM in the late '90's :thumbup:
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Re: New starter aged 6

Postby Scouser » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:56 pm

I have done a few hundred guitar lessons over on YouTube, for all levels.

Mainly acoustic stuff, I often suggest starting out on acoustic as when you make the transition to electric, it is a lot easier than the other way around. Having said that electric is a lot easier for a nipper. So ultimately as long as he enjoys the journey, he will do well.

I think a graduated approach is a good idea, never punching above your weight, that way you maintain interest without getting frustrated.

It's a wonderful thing to get them interested young, I tried the same with my kids when they were growing up, didn't want to know, now they can't get enough and have the cheek to blame me for not starting when they were young !

If I can help in anyway, please feel free to give a shout

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