What size of guitar does your child need?

November 3, 2015

Learning to play on a proper size guitar enables a child to learn at a faster pace, develop the right techniques, and prevent frustration with their lessons. These tips will point you in the right direction.

What size of guitar does your child need?

1. Types of guitars

For a beginner, the most common type of guitar would be a classical style guitar. This guitar is preferred because it is an acoustic guitar with nylon strings, which are softer than metal strings and easier for children to strum.

Electric guitars are also popular. Despite the difference in pricing, some parents and teachers prefer this option, as it has shown to increase and prolong a child's interest. For many students, the expressiveness of the electric guitar has resulted in more dedication towards practice and learning.

Combination acoustic/electric guitars can be found, and they're a good option for the beginner who isn't sure which type of music they'll prefer playing.

2. Guitar sizes

More than age, your child's physique will dictate the guitar size that's . If you choose a guitar that is too large, it will be impossible to play, and a guitar that's too small will result in your child playing the guitar incorrectly, making it harder to transition to a standard size later on.

For four to six year olds with an average height of 3'3'' to 3'9", the guitar should be 1/4 sized. For five to eight year olds between 3'10" to 4'5" the guitar should by 1/2 size. For eight to 11 year olds between the heights of 4'6" to 4'11", the guitar should be 3/4 size. For 11 year olds to adults with a height of 5' or more, a standard size is appropriate.

If your child is on the border of a guitar size, then stick to the bigger size instead of the smaller option. A smaller guitar will negatively affect playing and can lead to poor posture and problems with hand positioning.

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