So my 10 yr old son has expressed an interest in learning guitar. I have a nice SUB1 set aside just for him. Not a bad starter guitar eh? My problem is that I really have no clue how to get him started. I do plan to get him some lessons soon, perhaps over the summer. But, he has been asking me to show him some stuff now.
First off, he has a tough time holding the guitar correctly. I learned on an acoustic, perhaps one can 'hug' acoustics easier so they don't slide down your leg. Any tips on how he can hold the guitar?
Next, the biggest newbie mistake is not holding your fingers 'perpendicular' to the board to make good contact. I try to show him how to press down the strings and stuff, but I am wondering if there is some better method.
Last, what to play? I was thinking just the simple E string: 1st finger 1st fret, 2nd finger 2nd fret...., A string: 1st finger 1st fret........ up and down. Too boring? Too frustrating? Perhaps some chords: E, Am, C, D.....? Or jump right in and learn an easy song? I kind of get the feeling a combination would be good.
This actually may prove more difficult than it should be. Although I do love my son, it can be REALLY hard to show him how to do stuff. (i.e. shoot baskets, throw a football, help with math, etc....) I am sure some of you parents have the same issues. I will conceed that it could be 'me' too, but... eh you know how kids can be. I don't think I liked learning stuff from my dad until I became much older. So this might end in frustration and failure, but I'll give it a shot anyway.
Any tips or thoughts are appreciated. Any good starter books?