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Mark James Klepaski Musician Bassist

Students Under 10yrs Old

   

 I am currently not accepting new students under the age of 10yrs.

Spots are limited for that age group and I am currently full. 

(Parents with students under 10 that are currently enrolled are still able to continue their subscriptions and renew as long as they like to hold their spot).

 

  Even though it's been known that children who are able to learn music and or a second language at a very young age are able to absorb and learn newer things later in life 40% easier than ones who never have. On that note, I would love to be able to say yes and that everyone who wants to have that opportunity for their children should most defiantly pursue it. But is the Guitar or Bass Guitar the best instrument to start with as their first music lessons? Let's be honest about it. Here are some things to consider.

 1) Their size... Children have very small arms, hands and fingers.  Their hands will have a hard time wrapping around the neck of a guitar and their fingertips are so soft and delicate, they will struggle with holding down the strings to form a chord. The struggle most people have at any age in the beginning is being able to handle holding the strings down on the neck.  It takes a lot of effort and discipline to want to push through until you build enough strength in your hands and callous on your fingers. I'm not saying it's not possible but it's extremely challenging for them and I find that unless they are born with the drive, most young kids end up phasing out after just a few lessons.

 

2) Their attention span...  The younger they are, the harder it is to keep their attention on the subject especially if it's physically challenging. I find that less time is better in the beginning. 

   3) Have they had any other music lessons or experiences?...  Piano is something that is easier physically for children to learn as their first music lessons. They get to exercise their fingers and learn a bit of music theory without much physical difficulties. I've noticed students who've learned piano first at a young age does better with guitar than one's who have never had any experiences at all. Guitar is usually not the first instrument to go to when you're under the age of 10.

   4) Instrument Investment ...   Instrument that stays in tune. Toy guitars and  guitars under a $100 (new), do not stay in tune. It doesn't have to be anything special, but if an instrument can't stay in tune, you are just waisting time and money. Not all guitars are friendly to use and some are better than others. With that in mind, a small user/child's scale guitar may be the best way to go about it, but keep in mind they will out grow it before it's time to buy another one.

If you have any questions, please fell free to email me:

Email questions

 markjamesbass@gmail.com

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