Our twelve year old son loves playing the guitar. Ever since my mom bought him a student acoustic guitar when he was eight, his dad has been teaching him what he knows.
He learned quite a bit from my husband, but about six to eight months ago our son began getting a little bored and needed some outside instruction. I gave him a guitar book that offered instruction on reading tabs. That helped a bit because he could play a few songs in the book like "Yankee Doodle," and "When the Saints Come Marching In."
He was excited, but that didn't last long. He needed more music to learn. In order to help excite him we gave him an electric guitar for his birthday last month. But that didn't solve the problem of not having music, even though the electric guitar livened up what he already new.
Fortunately, we figured out that there are pieces of music in tab form, as well as in chords, available for free on the Internet. He began printing some of those off. He was able to learn some songs that way, but that wasn't always easy. Then he recently figured out that there are many instructional videos on YouTube! Boy that has been so exciting! Just in the past couple of days he has spent hours studying how to play many of his favorite Beatles songs.
It is great watching his enthusiasm as he studies, then practices, then performs. His performances consist of playing for his family first, then picking up the phone and calling his best buddy to see if he could figure out what was being played.
My son thinks it's awesome that he can learn how to play his guitar for FREE. That there are people out there willing to share their talents. He says that you can learn just about anything on YouTube, even how to tie your shoe. If you or your child want to learn how to play lots of rock songs, and even get basic guitar playing instructions check out http://www.justinguitar.com
Justin offers free instruction without any strings or schemes. He is a really down-to-earth guy who operates on the honor system. If you can afford to donate great! If not, that's great, too! That's why he has his site, he wants to teach anyone who wants to learn. Justin is a very good teacher and he also is a very caring, respectable person who does a lot of charity work and wants to raise awareness about suffering around the world.
Another fellow offers ten free instructional videos on YouTube. He is very good and my son really likes what a great teacher he is. He was able to learn some of the songs taught in just 15 minutes or less. This teacher also has a website called Guitar-in-a-nut-shell where he offers instruction for $14.99.
When my son only new a few songs he was bored and wanted to give up playing the guitar, even though he loves that instrument. Learning new songs has ignited a real fire in him that is great to see. It's even tempting me to start learning too!
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