Posted by brya31 on Thursday, April 15, 2010
I have tried and tried to get my kids to play fiddle with me. I even bought them a little fiddle. They squeeked it a few times, but realized that it isnt something that can be done by pushing a few buttons, so they quit picking it up. I really want them to enjoy music and play along with daddy. I hear them singing my tunes all the time, when they dont think I am listening to them. This past weekend their cousin brought his electric guitar down. They were fascinated by it. Of course they both wanted one. So, I thought, just maybe....MAYBE if I learn some rhtym guitar and make a deal with them, I will get them hooked. So, I told them, Daddy is going to buy an acoustic guitar. I will learn how to play rhythm, just the basics. If you guys learn to play with daddy, then an electric guitar may be in your future. They were excited. So, I saw an add on craigslist for $120 Harmoney accoustic guitar. I told the guy, I suck and dont know if I will stick with it because I put all my time into the fiddle, so I cant go $120. Two weeks later he emailed me back and said he would take $75, so I said, that is a risk I am willing to take. I talked to my friend guitar player who works with me and he said he would show me the things I need to know to play guitar on our breaks. Wohooo. So here is to hoping I can pick this up.. My kids do act like they are playing their little Wal mart guitars sometimes when I am playing, so I know there is something down in their little hearts that makes them want to play with daddy, I just got to get them a little more inspired, my squeeky fiddlin hasnt done it yet, LOL I am getting better though. : )
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @4:51:56 AM
What is it about fiddle? We pick it up and suddenly we don't have spouses and children anymore--we have potential accompanists! (LAUGH) "My son the musician" will be home from two years in Ukraine in the fall and I'm hoping he'll play a bit with me. And then how many times have I said to my husband, "You could take up _____ ." (Fill in the blank with any portable musical instrument that works with fiddle.)
Seriously, though--wonderful thing for your family to play music together. I wish you many happy hours of enjoyment.
Arkansas Traveler Says:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @6:02:10 AM
I hope it all comes together for ya...
And your kinsfolk take an instrument up...
And play some wonderful tunes collectively...
Have fun with them six strings...
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @7:29:15 AM
Just be aware that little hands have trouble with big guitar necks. Even women have trouble with bigger necks on guitars. I'm not saying that to discourage, just to maybe guide you a bit. Three note chords on the higher three strings might be best for starting the kids off.
Ukeleles are much smaller. ;-)
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @8:04:02 AM
I will learn the big guitar, the kids will play along with their little guitars : 0 )
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @8:08:36 AM
I think taking up guitar is a great idea. Learning a little guitar won't take away from your fiddling - it will make you a better fiddler. There's something weird about music that learning something new on a different instrument helps you on your primary instrument. The other bonus that I've found is that I am more versatile in a jam (and get to really hear some great fiddlers play) if I can play some guitar on occasion. Go for it! I hope it inspires your kids to play, but if not, it will still be a great addition to your musicianship.
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @4:37:59 PM
Way to go, I'm behind you 100 %. I will start looking for a teeny teeny fiddle in the next year for the granddaughter. Start em young
Ozarkian DL Says:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @7:40:43 PM
MUSIC.....( the international language ).....you're definately on the right track byra....full throttle ahead. Toot-Toot. I've regretted over & over again never learning to READ music. Your kids will thank you later....I guarantee it.
The Pretzel Says:
Saturday, April 17, 2010 @11:19:27 AM
I have great memories of guitar as my first instrument: listing to and learning chords and runs from family members on the guitars we had around and the excitement of getting my first electric guitar. My mother just recently sent pictures of me at 12 years old, "rocking out" as best I could. My tastes in music have changed, the instruments have changed, but the experiences stick. Great reading your post and best of luck!
Saturday, April 17, 2010 @1:26:21 PM
ha ha thats awesome man you kids sound hard case. They keep me entertained from here good luck with the guitar should be a marvelous journey!!
Monday, May 31, 2010 @8:54:20 AM
my youngest guitar student is a 7 year old girl, and she's doing better than her big brother. i think a having a quality junior sized guitar can go a really long way in finding success. she plays some 3-4 string chords, but after only 8 weeks, she can play a few full chords. this is a first among my young students so its exciting.
i don't have kids yet, but when i do, music won't be an option or choice for them (they can change/pick the instrument when they're a little older) but i'll choose how they start. even though i'm a music teacher, i will send them to someone else to teach them, and i'll help them practice.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 @4:35:43 PM
And there's another option that's even easier!!! Get them an autoharp (make sure it's a 21-chord so they can play in fiddle-friendly keys)... Just push a button and you have the chord... they can follow the music easily if you get music with guitar chords above... even just words -- so they change the chord at the correct word. The autoharp can be a beautiful instrument when picked or strummed properly (forget the grade school teacher or nun that "zoomed" the chords)... It's an incredible instrument that sounds good from day one -- and only gets better if someone wants to really learn to play the thing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCLEHfIU4tE&feature=related
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @2:56:38 AM
Just keep it up man. And try ur best to see they pick it up at this tendr age not with force or by forcing them, but by making them see how important it is to life from the way u cherish the fiddle.
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