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K4
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Being defenseless

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

She is 4, will be 5 next month, I'm thinking about getting a 3/4 size guitar for her to see if she will stick with it.

Any recommendations?

The kid is talented, she is in Dance and gymnastics, the school has bumped her two age levels due to her skills. I don't really like it because she is in classes with 7 year olds, but the instructors say she is where she needs to be.

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my step daughter a Strat Mini. It served it's purpose well. Do a little set up work to these and they are fine players. Inexpensive too. She later graduated to full sized guitars and got a shell pink Strat, pink paisley Tele, a Tak 12 string and on and on. It was a good investment.

In the acoustic world there are many. I'd suggest a Baby Taylor.

These are just the first two that pop into my head.



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Jan 12th, 2018 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you considered gifting a uke ?

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 07:37 PM, Jan 12th, 2018)

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thread title sent my mind right to a double bladed felling axe, lock her out of the tool shed!, WHAT was I thinking?

Duh, I forget this here is a Guitar forum.

(This message was last edited by scott-s at 08:50 PM, Jan 12th, 2018)

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Jan 12th, 2018 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Same here, scott-s!

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Jan 12th, 2018 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was going to recommend a high chair and duct tape...

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Jan 12th, 2018 11:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You go, little girl! Glad you are encouraging her K4...I didn’t get my first strat until I was 40...my folks said girls should only play acoustics. I still love that strat! I like Hammond’s suggestions.

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Jan 13th, 2018 04:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a 3/4 size Peavey Ninja Turtles electric guitar a couple years ago for my grandson. I didn't think he was ready for it so I've held it back. By coincidence, today is his 9th birthday and I'm giving him the guitar. It's a real, well made guitar except tiny and a funny paint job! Different kids may be ready at different times but it's all a crapshoot whether and when a kid is bitten enough by the guitar bug.

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Jan 13th, 2018 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"All My Axes Live In Taxes".

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Jan 13th, 2018 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My three granddaughters are all around three -- so they are a little far away from actually playing. I keep an old Yamaha acoustic out in the living room and it's like a baby magnet -- no matter what new toys we may have added, they go for the guitar first.

In another year or so, I'll probably pick up one of the Strat Minis for them. I've messed with them in the store and they seem pretty decent.

And in Torino Red no less

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Jan 13th, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was wondering about her being too young. She is coach able, evidenced by her advancement in dance.

I'll have to check out the Strat mini, hopefully her hands are big enough.

Are there any smaller guitars that might fit a soon to be 5 year old?

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Jan 13th, 2018 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 2 yr old GD is obsessed with my guitars and always comes in my music room to strum when she hears me. I have given her a small guitar and have already built one for down the road..

A shell pink strat with matching headstock, showed it off a while back but dunno what I did with the pic. I hope she picks it up but if she does not I will have an extra pink strat in my old age.

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Jan 13th, 2018 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K4, forgive me for drifting your thread a bit off course, but as a teacher these past several years I must share my view on advancing your kiddo ahead of her peers.

I frankly recommend against doing that in school. This is based on words from a professor who went through this. Here are some reasons why:

When his classmates were first driving and dating, he was left out because he was still a kid (both physically and legally). When he was of age to drive and date, his cohorts had already been through that rite of passage and he went through it nearly friendless.

The pressure to perform to higher expectations did not bring him higher happiness and he felt that it somewhat crushed his youthful exuberance and replaced it with having to be grimly determined.

In other words, he advocated against it in no uncertain terms. I thought you should here this. It is wonderful that your granddaughter is gifted, but what is the benefit of advancing her ahead of her peers?

Who does it really reward? My 2 cents.

(This message was last edited by WireDog at 09:13 PM, Jan 13th, 2018)

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Jan 13th, 2018 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Duplicate post, sorry

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Jan 13th, 2018 07:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I second the ukulele, I have one of the short scale strats hiding in a closet somewhere. I like my Martin LXK2.

The uke is like a toy, with amazing potential. Aurther Godfrey sold millions of plastic ukes off his show back in the 50s. A lot of these wound up in the little hand of children and quite a few musicians we listened to in the 60s and 70s are those kids that learned how to play on these plastic Islander ukuleles, produced by Mario Macaferri.

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Jan 13th, 2018 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have had this same discussion with the instructors. She is in ballet and gymnastics. The skill difference between her and her peers is astronomical. The instructors think she will be bored at her age level. I think she should be with kids her own age as she is not really bonding with her current classmates.

My Son went through an advanced High school, graduated at 16 so I am familiar with the drawbacks of moving kids up. Then again I was not advanced upwards and got bored and quit. So it's not an easy thing to get correct, and is totally dependent of the individual kid.

She is complaining that she is not having as much fun, reason for my grilling the instructors. Then the pride kicks in when she nails a move that the other kids have trouble with.

She sings in key so I would love it if she picks up the guitar. Grandpa and granddaughter can play and sing Christmas carols ect..

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