What size guitar should I buy for children’s guitar lessons ?
Buying a guitar for children’s guitar lessons ?. Learning to play guitar is exciting and you want your child to start in the right way. However, finding the right guitar for your child can be confusing as there are many types and sizes.
For children under 10 I would certainly recommend a classical guitar, because they have nylon strings which are easier on the fingers and wider necks so they less likely to touch strings not required and muting them. This is a very common problem with beginners to guitar. To then need to work out what size guitar your child needs based on their age.
Buying the correct size guitar for your child?
Buying a guitar for children’s guitar lessons ?
6 year olds
For a 6 year old I would recommend a 1/4 size classical guitar, although depending on their size they may manage with a 1/2 sized guitar.
The 1/2 sized guitar would suit the 6 to 9 year old student.
6 to 9 year olds
For a 9 to 12 year old I would recommend a 3/4 sized guitar, but again if the child is big for their age they might manage a full size guitar. I had a full guitar when I started guitar at 11 years old.
12 year olds and above
For 12 year olds and above I would recommend a full sized guitar.
I would advise that the child tries a guitar in the music shop before purchase to check that the size is correct for them.
Dont be tempted in buying one that is too big for them hoping they will grow into it!
This will make learning the guitar much more difficult and could discourage the child from learning.
A good thing to try is place the childs left hand thumb (if right handed) behind the 2nd fret vertically about half way up and see if they can reach the 1st fret on the top string (E) with their 1st finger. If not the guitar is too big for them.
Buy the best guitar you can afford as poor quality guitars can be difficult to keep in tune and dont produce a decent sound. The strings should be close to the fretboard known as a low action, if the strings are high above the neck this will make it harder for the child to learn the guitar.
The action can be lowered by a guitar tech if you particularly like the instrument.
Some good makes to try are Jose Ferrez, Yamaha, Almeira and Cordoba.
More information can be found below:
See my page buying a guitar: https://guitarlessonscamberley.co.uk/buying-a-guitar/
More information on styles of guitar can be found on my page guitar styles: https://guitarlessonscamberley.co.uk/guitar-types-styles/
Some reviews on guitars can be found on this link: https://kidsguitar.info/small-classical-guitar-for-kids/
Why kids should learn guitar see link to article: https://kidsguitar.info/benefits-of-music-education/