AndreiKrylov wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:13 pm
Jeffrey Wijnans wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:15 pm
Classical guitar is great and we know it but when I look at many kids they don't really care much for classical music at all. Most of them just want to shred or play popular songs.
My question is, is it beneficial to let children start with classical guitar which they might "dislike" over playing guitar with the songs they like in the hope they stay intrinsically motivated?
Why not motivate them by teaching them to play what they love already?
Whatever it will be.. pop..children...cartoon music...?
Why not to motivate them via opening all possibilities for their own creativity, so guitar learning will be fun and exciting process, rather than learning of some dull, "technically" oriented studies and pieces only?
And in this process they may be introduced and may like classical music as well.
do not force classical music and technical stuff on them...
I agree with Andrei here. ^^^^^^^^^^
Here's my experience back in the early/mid 70's as a 15 year old when I decided to learned rock guitar.
I really didn't even know what classical guitar was. I went for lessons to learn rock/acoustic and the teacher started me with some Mel Bay books which included sight reading of each string up to the 3rd fret initially, some basic chords, and soon I was able to sight read and play Mr Bojangles, which I was thrilled with the idea of actually being able to get through a song.
Now maybe a year later I got a second teacher, he was taking me through some more advanced theory and introduced some different styles (blues, jazz, etc) as well as something classical, just to widen my horizons a little. Of course, I was able to play some 'rock' stuff now and my mind was now more open and receptive. He showed me something short, maybe just a few measures that was in a classical guitar piece. And then we continued on learning rock/acoustic, which is what I was there to learn.
But something about that little taste of classical really piqued my interest. Even though I continued on learning rock, I had this little seedling that liked the classical style of play. Then around that time I came across a Gianinni cutaway classical. I liked the sound and feel of it. I actually wanted to buy it but didn't have the money. So I continued on learning rock and some blues on a cheap acoustic guitar. But now I started recognizing when I heard a classical guitar on the radio. Seeing the Deer Hunter and hearing Cavatina a few years later piqued that interest even more.
Anyhow life took over and my wannabee rock star aspirations fell by the wayside but I continued playing acoustic on and off, just solo for my own enjoyment. But that little taste of classical still held this appeal to me. Then one day in the early 90's I felt I had to satisfy this desire to play classical. I started on an old Alvarez Acoustic I had. Then I bought my first Yamaha CG-something .I was thankful for the sight reading and theory because I was able to pick up some books and starting learning and playing classical.
My point: had any of my teachers decided I should learn classical guitar first because HE loved it so much, I would have just gone elsewhere. But he and the next teacher obliged my request to learn 'rock', while still teaching me the basic foundations of theory and sight reading and learning some chords, as well as those little tastes of other styles.
So from my view, get them on the road properly toward whatever style they're interested in. Teach them the basics that can be used in any style of play and let them go down whatever road they want to travel.