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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 4

Part 4…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

One of the biggest things is helping your child have long term vision, because the child is young. They haven’t experienced as much of life. But did you know that if a child thinks that they are playing a musical instrument for the next 20 years that they’ll progress a lot more than a child who thinks they’re playing the summer?

The type of language we can use to help

So the language you use around the playing and they’re practising for musical instrument makes a big difference to this?

If you keep saying to your child, oh, let’s just see how it goes for a few lessons versus a child who you’ve been saying to them.

Yes, you can play this for the next 20 years if you’d like.

This makes a huge difference to their progress and the way they practice in the mindset of your child. Another thing that parents do that I love and always recommend is taking your child to as many musical related acts. appearances as possible. 

What type of musical things can you take your child to

This could be a local choir or concert Hey gig, an orchestra, anything that involves music, the more they can think of music, the more it will help them progress. It doesn’t matter what genre it is. It doesn’t matter what style it is the more range and explore And a variety that they have in their musical exposure, the more it will help them get inspired And more their brain develops or listens to some kinds of music It seems into their subconscious as well. helps them get more in thesis 

Conclusion

I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can support your child as a parent who is spending a lot of money sending them to musical lessons. 

I’m sure you want them to have this as something that lasts the rest of their life. And really, it’s one of the biggest gifts we can give them an investment into their education. 

I can’t tell you how many adults wish that their parents had kept them in music lessons and wondered why they pulled them out. Often parents saying, Oh, they just didn’t practice. So I pulled them out of lessons whereas for a child, it’s just them experimenting on their boundaries and limitations, and exploring the instrument. So give your child a chance and do these few things to help support them in their play. And you’ll have a child who loves music for life.

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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 3

Part 3…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

The other big thing that parents often think they’re helping their child is by giving their child lots of compliments for their musical play. For example, you’re so talented. That song sound Amazing What a great job. Doing these compliments. 

Praise is a dangerous thing for a child

While seemingly innocent can act hinder a child’s progress on the instrument. Because What happens is that the child is motivated by the compliments and self rather than the work required to get the compliment. 

To change this around, all you have to do is Do observational complements instead. 

Such as “I can see that you’ve been practising Every day” or “I really like the way the piece you played sounded at the end, where It was extremely melodic” 

How to compliment to help your child rather than hold them back

Start complementing on observation about what they’re doing can help them get motivated about putting in more effort into their practising rather than just focusing on the final result.

 You can do these two things, supporting your child and they’re practising and also praising in the correct way that will help your child a lot in learning that musical instrument. 

And these are the two things that often parents think they’re helping their child but actually is hindering their progress. 

So it’s important we get it right. because praise is a dangerous thing, and the words we use can make a huge difference to our children.

There are other things we can be doing to help our child. Hopefully these series of articles will help you understand different things that we think is helping them, but actually isn’t.

Read onto Part 4…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress. To find out what other things we can be doing to help our children with their musical progress.

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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 2

Part 2…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

If you read part 1 of How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument. You will have read about parents who leave their children to practise on their own, expecting it to be something they have self discipline to do themselves.

Pushing your child to practise constantly

On the other hand, some parents do the exact opposite… but in a way that may on the surface seem very supportive. But can actually have negative consequences for your child.

Some parents think that they’re helping their child with musical learning is to push them into doing as much practice as possible. 

Often, this has the backwards effect of what you’re looking for. 

Remember, when we were a child and the more our parents wanting us to do something, the less we wanted to do it, sometimes you just need to give your child their own space. 

So besides helping them build a practice of practising, don’t try and get them to sit down for 60 minutes straight and practice something maybe just do five minutes and see how it goes from there. It’s better for them to do five minutes every day than a whole 60 hour once a week. 

Helping your child to enjoy their musical journey

Try to minimise the negative association when it comes to practising music. 

A lot of parents will shout and tell their child off for not practising. Even make them cry during the process….

It should be something that they enjoy the journey of, if they are going to play it for the next 20 years. Then the more fun they can have practising and enjoying learning the instrument the better because it is a journey and it’s not a destination. 

You could do things like sticker charts, rewards, etc. to help them build a habit. Instead of treating practising like a punishment.

Read onto Part 3, to find out what other ways parents often think they are helping their child but actually is hindering their child’s musical progress.

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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 1

Part 1…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

 As parents, we spend thousands of pounds a year sending our kids to music lessons, sporting lessons, and all sorts of other extracurricular activities. 

And in this article, I’m going to specifically talk about musical education. As something that’s so important for children to have, and it really helps them to develop their brains in different ways. And become a more rounded person. 

As important as it is, for the child, to be motivated to learn to play the instrument. It is important in the parents role, to be supportive, not just paying for the lessons. 

But there are so many other things that parents are consciously and subconsciously doing that has massive effect on your child’s musical education in both the short term and the long term. 

Talk about a few ways that parents often consciously think they’re benefiting their child in the way that they support. them but actually things might not be as they see the biggest thing in supporting their child. 

Getting a child to practise by themselves

Often parents think that they should be teaching their child to learn to practice by themselves. Actually, for children, it’s very hard for them to get the self discipline required to practice a musical instrument on their own. 

They do need support from you. A lot of parents think they should just leave them to it. See how they get on, often ending up complaining that their child isn’t practising and pulling them out of lessons. When children need parents to help them to create a habit to create a schedule to help keep them motivated when things get difficult or get tough. 

Think about for you going to exercise or going to the gym. 

How many adults give up on going to the gym? It’s the same with children, except their self-control element of their brain is even less developed in ours. It doesn’t fully develop until you’re 25. 

So they do need support in this area. 

Go to Part 2 to find out what other things we might think we are doing for our child’s own good that actually is hindering their progress.

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What things you need to learn as a beginner Part Two

This is a continuation on part one of things you need to be learning as a beginner guitar player.

1. Learn how to strum 

Learning how to strum your guitar with different rhythms and different strumming patterns is going to help make your basic guitar playing a lot more interesting and fun.

This is one of the first things I would recommend for beginners is practising using your right hand only and not worry about what’s going on with your left hand on the fretboard. To start create different rhythms and different strumming pattern is going up and down with your hand. 

A lot of beginners will ask me for specific strumming patterns but really the most important thing is for you to get the roof of the song correct once you’ve done that then it doesn’t really matter what the strumming pattern is but it was still sound like the song as long as you’ve got the chords  in the right places.

2. Learning to play with others 

Learning to play with other people might not seem like the very first thing that you need to learn how to do as a beginner. I’ve added this one onto less because I think it’s important to recognise that guitar is a very sociable instrument. And you can actually learn a lot faster if you’re surrounded by other people. Learning guitar and learning music is like another language. So learning how to communicate with your instrument is going to help you learn that language much quicker. 

Just think about when the baby is learning to speak English then it’s it isolated in the room trying to figure out they speak of other people. This is exactly the same when it comes to you learning the guitar.

When you have the opportunity to play with other people you can see what they’re doing you can get ideas from them. It could be new songs that you wanna play could be just seeing how their posture is in recognising that in yourself. 

It can be gaining positive encouragement and support by those other people as well. And knowing that they also sorted as beginners before they got to where they are.

I can really give you a lot more encouragement man just sitting by yourself in a room or even just sitting with one guitar teacher. Just been with one guitar teacher can seem very intimidating and also a lot less fun then when you have classmates to play with. 

3. How to sit with your guitar

Mrs just a quick note because a lot of people don’t know how to sit with their guitars. This means that they get backache and risky can shoulder ache and everything else. In a day and age where we’re already suffering from lots of aches & pains  because we’re on the computer all day long. It’s important that we know how to sit with a guitar so that we can get the best posture possible and be comfortable.

This will mean that we are more likely to play it in the evenings relaxing. Rather than straining over our next and hurting ourselves in the process. Ending the journey of learning guitar early. If you’re not sure how to do this then maybe videos online or get your guitar teacher to help you.

You’ll be surprised by how many even advance guitar player suffer from lots of aches and pains because they don’t know how to sit properly. And then becomes a habit that is very difficult to break so I would recommend you get started straightaway if you are at home and easy way to do this is just to get a strap ans stand up, as you get chance it might also feel a lot more comfortable and give you a break from sitting down as well.

I hope these few things help you get started as a beginner guitarist. It can be easy to get stuck or lost with what you should be learning.

But start with the basics and go from there!

If you can find a guitar teacher he is supportive and nice and has a great track record of teaching beginners and I would recommend having some lessons to help you get a kickstart and learning the guitar so that you can get onto learning more and more of your favourite songs that have a lot more fun with it.…

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What things you need to learn as a beginner Part One

As a beginner guitar as it can be difficult to know what you should be learning. If you have a guitar teacher they can guide you along this journey but if you’re on your own trying to use online resources such as this one here are some tips and tricks to help you know what you need to learn.

1. basic chords

This is the thing you’ll find most on YouTube there are so many videos on how to play chords on the guitar. It is true that you can play many songs once you get the hang of four basic chords. 

The first chords I would recommend you learn are Am, C, G, D. 

Once you know these few chords, you can literally play hundreds of songs. It’s pretty amazing. You can also learn even easier versions of them that involve only 2 fingers placed on the fretboard! Which means you can play your very first song today! 

Why did I recommend chords as the first thing to learn? Because it’s pretty easy, and you can get the satisfaction of learning a song very quickly. 

2. Learning names of the strings 

Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears, that’s the acronym taught to me to learn the names of strings of the guitar. 

E A D G B E

It’s useful to know the names of the string because it’s the first to learning the notes on the string as well. Which brings me to my next point. 

3. Learning the notes on the fretboard 

Learning the notes on the front board is going to help you advance your guitar playing rather than get stuck at the foundational level like many other guitarists.

What happens is that a lot of guitar players will just learn course but they will never learn the notes that they’re playing understand how the court made up and then they get stuck and don’t know where to go from that. But if you want to learn how to play chords in different areas of your guitar or learn how to solo and play lead guitar. Then learning the notes on the fretboard is going to be vitally important.

If you forever want to play songs by Bob Marley then maybe just learning chord may be enough. But getting started with it as soon as possible it’s going to help you have an easier time when you come to that hurdle. 

Go to Part 2 of things you need to know as a beginner guitar player to find out more about what things you should be learning as a beginner guitar player!

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Why Should You Choose Paid Online Guitar Lessons Over The Free Resources?

Online learning is becoming popular day after day. Thanks to the internet, that has made a whole world a small village where everyone comfortably lives on. And the best thing is the opportunities that the internet has presented. 

When it comes to learning guitar, you can choose whether to pay for lessons or check free materials that are available online. If you have a budget, you can pay for a course. But if you have no money at you, that doesn’t prevent you from learning. 

But the question is, are these resources the same? To be honest, you can’t compare free and paid content. There is a huge difference. You should never take free lessons if you can afford to pay for classes or learning content. This is because there is a huge difference in both. 

This article will share the top reasons you should choose paid online guitar lessons over the free resources. 

  • Value For Your Time

One thing you must value is your time. When you choose to look for free resources, you’ll waste a lot of time. If you google, you’ll be presented with millions of free courses from almost anyone. Some are great courses that you can actually follow and learn to play. But most are a waste of your time. 

Unfortunately, you might not know the difference until you take your time and dive into doing the courses. It’s until when you spend your time on a course when you’ll tell whether it’s good or not. 

So, instead of wasting time discovering free materials go ahead and buy a paid course. Check reviews of the course by other learners, and if they rate it well, buy and save your time. Start learning. 

  • A More Structured Lessons 

Something else you’ll love about most of the paid online courses is the structure they come with. Most guitar trainers know that they are dealing with students who want to pay money. So, they put more effort into organizing the lessons in a bid to give value to their students. In the end, they give systematic classes that you can follow along with as you play. 

This is not the case with free lessons. If you check free materials, you’ll find most of them are all over and you can’t make a good decision on them. 

  • Learner’s Support 

When you buy a course, most of the time, you’ll find support to help you navigate through it. Most trainers are available, and you can reach them through their email. So, you can ask questions, and they will answer you. 

The same can’t be said with free learning materials. No one is there to give you learning support. And as a result, you might end up pick very poor learning habits. 

Parting Shot 

If you have the budget and want to learn quickly and effectively, then buy an online course. It will give you more value than a free course would do. 

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