If you’ve already got a child who is practising a musical instrument, then they’re on their way to improving as a musician. However, if they’re serious about writing and playing music, then there’s so much further they can go. To that end, here, we’re going to look at some of the steps you can take to help them expand their knowledge of and love for guitar and music. Be sure to try and gauge where they are in their musical journey so you can help them take the next step effectively.
Get them a teacher
Practising on their own, it’s more than possible for your child to develop their skills and become a perfectly able players on their own. However, whether you want to help them reach their potential a little more quickly, because they want to learn advanced techniques, or simply because they could use more confidence in their playing, there are plenty of benefits to hiring a guitar teacher even for those who are already decent players. Aside from the very real and important progress they might make as a musician, having a mentoring relationship with a more experienced player can play a big part in helping to grow their passion for the instrument, turning a passing interest into a life-long love.
Help them experiment with sounds
One of the coolest things about playing the guitar is the sheer diversity of sounds that it can produce under the right circumstances. The choice of guitar, pick, and recording environment can all have an impact on that. However, guitarists are able to get the widest range out of equipment that can help them change the sound of their guitar. The effects pedal is perhaps one of the most important tools in the arsenal of any guitar player. At least, any electric guitar player. Getting them the right effects pedal can help them experiment with changing the tone of their guitar and coming up with their own signature sound. It helps them to explore the side of guitar playing beyond the technical, alone.
Give them the right equipment to write and record
You will find that, as they grow as musicians, your child’s interests might also grow beyond just how they play music. They might want to get into writing and recording, as well. There are plenty of pieces of equipment that you can help them acquire that can improve this process, as well. Creating a home studio with the right acoustics and microphone setup can be key to this. But there are also guitar-specific tools like choosing the best loop pedal to help them instantly record and listen back to the music that they record. This can not only help with the writing process but also helps them listen back on their own playing to better critique it themselves, which can help them improve their own rhythmic abilities.
Expose them to more music
If your child is already deep into picking up an instrument, there’s a very good chance that they already have their own tastes and inspirations. However, helping them explore a wider range of music and getting them to listen to different genres and eras can help them develop a much more sophisticated ear while also teaching them a passion for things that they might not have had before. What’s more, having a more diverse musical taste even has lasting benefits for the brain, improving their life beyond just their interest in music alone.
Start learning theory
There’s a side of creating music that’s not entirely different but is somewhat removed from the playing and enhancement of instruments. What actually makes a song good? If your child’s getting into writing their own music, helping them develop their own answer to this is important. They will be developing their own tastes and style, but helping them learn music theory, whether it’s through looking at helpful online resources such as acoustic life or through a good book can help them discover a much more well-rounded answer to this. Music theory can help them come to the basics of building a song so that they’re able to have much more confidence in the fruits of their own labour and can help deepen their appreciation of music, too.
You can make recommendations to your child and even get them gifts that help them learn more about music, but try not to be too pushy. If there’s anything that can dampen a child’s enthusiasm for their hobby, it’s their parent turning it into work. They have to come about that passion themselves.