- John Fucinaro (bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, beginning ukulele)
Age to Start
The ideal age to start a child in guitar lessons varies, as many factors can influence the lesson experience. Some instructors will work with students as young as 6 years old, while others recommend waiting until the 7-8 year old range when students have greater hand strength. Regardless of age, the most significant way to know if a child is ready for lessons is if he or she has a true desire to want to learn to play the guitar. Scheduling an introductory lesson with an instructor would be a good test to see if the student is ready for the private lesson experience. You can book introductory guitar lessons by calling our studio office at (402) 423-7121.
Here are some factors that can help in making a student’s guitar lesson experience a good one:
The guitar – Guitars come in all shapes and sizes. Be sure to choose a guitar that is the right size for your child’s stature. Our instructors can help you in determining which style and size would be the best fit.
The strings – For younger students, our instructors recommend purchasing a guitar with nylon strings. Nylon strings are easier to handle than steel strings and are more accommodating to fretting chords with a child’s hand strength and small finger span.
Acoustic vs. Electric
The debate on whether to start lessons on an acoustic or electric guitar involves many different aspects to think about. Some guitar instructors recommend starting on
an acoustic guitar so that students build up the hand strength necessary to play the instrument. These skills can then be easily transferred to the electric guitar. Other instructors recommend that beginners start with electric guitars since they produce sounds more easily than acoustic guitars.
The age of the students is also a factor to consider. Younger students may want to start out on a classical guitar with nylon strings, as this instrument would be gentler on the fingers than its acoustic counterpart. Teens and adults may be better able to build up finger strength and calluses that acoustic guitars generally produce.
Ultimately, the decision on which guitar to play depends on the student. Learning on an acoustic or electric guitar does not matter so long as the student is motivated and has a strong desire to learn.
Students can learn how to play the guitar through three main learning techniques: reading notes, ear training, or guitar tablature (tabs). The learning style that is used during private lessons depends on the student’s strengths and abilities. Some students have an “ear for the music” and learn the best through ear training; others need a visual representation through notes or tabs. Our guitar instructors are familiar with both forms and can tailor the learning style to fit a student’s needs. Regardless of which learning style works best, our instructors offer quality guitar education with strong attention to music theory.
Ages 10 and older. For all the rockers in your family – learn how to work together a rock band. The class will touch on a wide range of classic rock songs such as Twist and Shout and Sweet Home Alabama. Group performance opportunities are also available.
Instruments invited: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboard, Drums, Voice
Prerequisites: Basic chord knowledge
(Guitarists and bassists must provide own instrument and cables. Students are encouraged to bring their personal amps, as HAA will only have a few available at the studio.)
Wednesdays 6:05-6:55 p.m.