When you decide to incorporate music into the life of your child, the very first question that bothers you is – which instrument should your child learn to play first? Should it be guitar or should it be piano? Well, this is not an easy question to answer as we have seen some children excel at playing the piano from an early age while others excel at playing the guitar, while in some very rare cases the child can play both the instruments with equal efficiency.
Playing an instrument depends a lot on the skills and interest level of the child but when it comes to the Piano vs. Guitar debate, we can give you reasons why piano is more reliable and easier as compared to guitar for a starter instrument.
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Influence of pop culture
These days a lot of young children prefer to play the guitar because of the “coolness” factor. Guitar occupies a higher position in the pop culture. Now we don’t mean to discourage a child’s interest, but we certainly feel that his interest shouldn’t be based on something that it “cooler”. So as a parent you should also expose your child to videos of legendary pianists such as Billy Joel and Elton John, and see what he has to say. This ways the decision to start one instrument over the other can be made for reasons other than that one instrument being cooler or trendier.
The technical perspective
From a technical perspective the piano is easier to play. While many children succeed at playing the guitar at a young age, many also become frustrated because of the difficulties that they encounter in playing the guitar. To make a sound in the piano, all you have to do is press a key while for a guitar you have to pick a string and simultaneously press one with your other finger. It’s like doing three things at one time and hence more complex. At the beginner level executing basic moves on piano is much easier than guitar.
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Most of the music educators believe that piano is a more comprehensive instrument for learning music. It provides a more detailed understanding of how music works. Moreover, piano music involves both treble and bass clefs, while guitar only uses treble clef. So because it is easier to learn at the beginning stage, and is more practical as a learning tool, we recommend young children start on the piano. They can always add guitar to the mix, at a later stage.
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