#1
alright, so I've been assigned a 5 year old guitar student.
he's really eager to learn, but his hands are too small to play normal chords.
how should I teach him? is it even possible? are there small guitars for kids that young?
#3
I'm pretty sure you can get half size and even 1/4 size guitars.
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#4
I tried to teach my 8 year old sister. She just kept screaming when she couldn't play a chord. I felt like punching her in the face. Bitch.
#6
teach him all notes on fretboard and then its solo tyme lol
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#7
Show him some very basic theory.
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#10
i teach a minimum of 6 year old and even that is tough...one string melodies and 1/2 size chords but im telling you its TOUGH! 1/2 size electrics arent good btw in my experience they just dont stay in tune because of the scale. get a nylon string.
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#16
Teach him the art of Ukulele on one of these babies.

No one's gunna **** with him and He'll get all kinds of pussy if you teach him out to shred on it.
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#18
teach him just single note songs and lullabies and nursery rhyme type things. My first guitar was a 3/4 size nylon string so you can definately get them.
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#21
Yeah, they make Junior guitars in elec, acoustic, and bass (once at a guitar store I saw a bass that was literally like 2 feet long and had rubber strings. It was pretty funny noodling around on it )

Start with stuff like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Happy Birthday, stuff you can play on a single string. Just make it a different string for each song so he can get the feel of changing up. Then change somthing up so it plays on two strings instead of one, and so forth. I woulden't worry about chords yet on a student that young, just get him comfortable holding it and fretting.
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#22
you know wat dont even teach that kid chords
you dont want him to grow up to be a guy that plays around campfires only knowing like five chords and he just repeats them over and over thinking hes fooling his friends

start out teaching him some hendrix
#23
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you know wat dont even teach that kid chords
you dont want him to grow up to be a guy that plays around campfires only knowing like five chords and he just repeats them over and over thinking hes fooling his friends

start out teaching him some hendrix


So you're telling us you don't know any chords?
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#24
Quote by srvkicks@$$
you know wat dont even teach that kid chords
you dont want him to grow up to be a guy that plays around campfires only knowing like five chords and he just repeats them over and over thinking hes fooling his friends

start out teaching him some hendrix

Have you ever thought that maybe he could teach him chords AND teach him other things?
#26
You can get smaller guitars, but check the intonation and tuning stability before buying, many miniguitars are rubbish on those fronts.

Remember, you can reduce things to powerchords or smaller voicings (can he do D? Obviously G will be a challenge in its full version, but can he do the lowest 5 strings?) as well, show him the full voicing and show him how to reduce it.

And teach him what he wants to play. Not everyone loves nursery rhymes.