Playing a musical instrument has many benefits: it increases the capacity of your memory, refines organizational skills, boosts team skills, teaches discipline and perseverance, enhances your coordination reading and comprehension skills, fosters self expression, creates a sense of achievement, exposes to cultural history, sharpens concentration, promotes social skills, and promotes happiness in your life and those around you. Taken from "The Classical Guitarist" website: "Among all the instruments that a child (or indeed anyone) can learn how to play, the classical guitar is among the best. Here are the reasons. The classical guitar takes advantage of the allure of the rock star. Every child is familiar with pop music and every child who is interested in playing an instrument would probably take very quickly to playing the guitar. Any child would be quick to brag to his or her friends that he is learning to play the guitar. It is a highly romanticized instrument and this is what I call the allure of the Rock Star. You can take advantage of this attraction to popular music by teaching a child to play classical guitar. Playing classical guitar is a bit different than playing pop and rock but there are some distinct advantages to classical guitar. The child will learn the fundamentals of sound music theory and will focus on learning how to read sheet music. Along the way the child will learn the basics of classical music. But he or she will not lose interest in playing because while the classical guitar is a good instrument for learning theory, history, ability, and classical music, it is also an instrument that offers an incredible range of pieces to play in many genres. With the ability to play classical guitar comes the ability to play in every other genre that the guitar is played in. He or she will be able to play pop, rock, easy listening, country, jazz, blues, or any other type of music where a guitar is used. It is because of this wide variety of music that will be available to the student that he or she will be much more prone to continue practicing and continue playing. And this is another great reason why the classical guitar will bring a lifetime of enjoyment and enrichment. As the child grows and his musical tastes change the guitar can be right there through all the changes. There are also some very pragmatic reasons for the classical guitar Portability: The classical guitar is something that can be carried to and from lessons and to and from a friend’s house. Classical Guitars are also made in half size and three quarter size which gives young children the ability to play on an instrument more suited for their small hands. Expense: professional guitars can be very expensive and run into the thousands of dollars but with the popularity of the guitar as an instrument there is a tremendous selection of inexpensive yet well made guitars. An adequate first guitar can usually be found in the one hundred dollar range. Often good new strings will improve a very average instrument. Quiet Instrument: the classical guitar is an instrument that can be played in a room without the music being intrusive to other people in the house."
Finally, I believe the most important thing to develop in a beginning guitarist is a solid technique. It is astounding how often the technical training is completely ignored, which regrettably means that a lot of students end up developing bad habits. These bad habits will seriously hinder their progress and indeed their ability to make the music they play (even simple chords) sound good. Frustration will set in and the student will give up altogether. Simply put, if you are going to invest in music lessons, it is much better to learn to play the guitar correctly first time round and from a guitar trained tutor - I believe doing so will reap rewards in the future. It is all about laying the foundation that the student can then build upon, to become a better guitar player, regardless of the musical styles.
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