Do I need to buy a book before my first lesson?
I will have all the materials you need here at the studio.
We don’t have an instrument – should I rent or buy?
Typically, for guitar it is less expensive to buy. Most rentals
require a three month minimum, which is almost enough to buy a
child’s acoustic guitar. You can apply the rent to a purchase, but
only at that store, which limits your choices. An exception might
be something like a violin. A playable violin can be bit expensive,
so renting makes more sense.
My child starts lessons next week. We can borrow a guitar from his aunt – will that be suitable?
That will depend on how the guitar fits your child. It is very
important to have an instrument that fits the player, so the player
can comfortably reach the strings with both hands in the correct
positions. This will build the best playing foundation as well as
prevent muscle and tendon strain.
Here is a rough guide to help you find the right size.
Guitar - Stand the guitar on the floor with the headstock pointed
towards the ceiling. The headstock should be approximately at the
Violin - Extend the left arm, and place the instrument on the
left collarbone; the player should be able to easily curl the
fingers of the left hand around the scroll, with a small bend in the
How much should my child practice?
This varies somewhat depending on the age and patience level of
It is good to encourage a very young student to play, or at least
to pick up and handle the instrument, for about 10 minutes twice a
day. Young children generally learn so quickly that they will
progress even if they are only really practicing during their weekly
It’s been my experience that the lessons themselves usually help
my students develop more patience and better learning skills over
time. Also, as they begin to acquire some skills, it becomes more
pleasurable to play, and as playing becomes more rewarding for them,
their willingness to practice will increase.
How can I help during practice sessions? Should I sit with my child and help by correcting any errors?
The best encouragement you can give your child is to applaud
their efforts and enjoy their learning process.
I recommend that parents handle practice sessions with a light
hand, and refrain from correcting mistakes. There will be plenty of
time during their weekly lessons for me to answer their questions
and help them recognize and correct any misunderstandings. But if a
question or stumbling block does come up between lessons, please
feel free to call me!
I’m an adult – is it too late for me to learn an instrument?
You're never too old to learn to play a musical instrument.
Over the years I have taught many adults of all ages to play.