Starter Songs for Kids

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  1. Phoenix1

    Phoenix1 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hope this is a good one for a Friday.

    I'm making guitars for my grandkids (mini models from StewMac--one Strat, one Tele). I'm almost done. They will each get a Boss Katana Mini to go with them.

    It is likely that, at 5 and 7, they don't have the small motor skills to do much of anything yet. But you gotta start somewhere. (Besides, I learned a ton that I will soon apply to my own adult-size Tele-Partscaster build.)

    So what songs (or riffs) should I try with them? Some quick thoughts:

    Satisfaction
    Smoke on the Water
    Heartbreaker

    Have fun with this!
     
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    Louie Louie/Wild Thing
     
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    They can play at that age...

    I would ask them what kid songs they like and look them up on the internet. Let them start out easy and fun.
     
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    I guess once they master simple (?) chords, you'd have to add Gloria to the list. E D A
     
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    They are much more likely to learn songs that they already lile. Don't try to get them to plau something you think they shold play. Ask them, or ask their parents. My son wanted to learn Zombie by the Cranberries.
     
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    I’ve taught this one to several kids over the years. It’s fairly easy and they seem to enjoy it. Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship doing “The Baby Tree” from in the under-the-radar-but-GREAT album, Blows Against the Empire.

    Bill, tgo

     
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    I think you need to ask the kids!

    don’t be the crusty old guy we had to learn from, teaching us things we did not want to even know…at the time anyway…

    if the kids have a song they really like, that will motivate them to keep trying, and push through the first pains of swim or sink, the first year is either a new guitar player being born, and my fingers hurt and quit.
    Most quit, and a few get the bug.

    Ask the kids, find out what moves them, and what they like.

    I used to teach, this lesson, I learned from a student, my approach was completely wrong for him.
    And he was a very talented student.

    you may have to learn baby shark! And teach it. Have fun!
    Muhahahaha
     
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    My daughter really liked the song Seven Nation Army, so I thought her how to play it on bass. It's the only thing that's stuck so far, probably because she likes it.
     
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    Good advice here. The secret of getting kids interested in playing is to find what they are interested in playing. Find out what they like, not necessarily what you know. If you're lucky they will like what you know.

    When I was teaching kid, I found that even before basic chords, two finger power chords are great for beginners. They can play something right off the bat.

    Good luck!
     
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    Grampa....
    You better turn on some commercial radio.
    Ya ain't gonna hold em with that old stuff

    Ask me how I know
     
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    Where is Thumpkin?

    You gotta ask the kids what they're into. And then it shouldn't be too hard to show them some power chord version of their tunes.
     
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    Pick a song they like. Get a list of their 5-10 favorite songs and figure out which ones (if any) can possibly be played on guitar.

    My daughter's first song on ukelele was Riptide by Vance Joy (2014), which was still a hit at the time. She liked the song well enough to learn to make the chords. I think she was also doing some Regina Spektor tunes. Now she plays them on guitar. But this is a totally different situation, my daughter already played piano and trombone before she picked up uke.

    Power chords are your friend, there's no way a 5 year old has hands big enough to grab an open G. E, A, and D chords should be doable.
     
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    Smartass! :D

     
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    Cliffs of Dover should be easy enough for starters:p But for real, I also think you should ask them what songs they like- are they into traditional children’s songs? Or do they like what’s on the Radio? You can go from there :)
     
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    Iron Man....they'll know the tune from the movie and the riff is fairly easy.

    Not a fan of the Marvel "universe" but I suspect you might find a lot of rock in those flicks that they would know......
     
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    Same i iv v thing as Louie Louie and Wild Thing, different flavor.

    Then to change up the feel, a movie from the mid 80's called Something Wild closed with a thoroughly excellent version of Wild Thing...
     
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    Gack. Just.....gack.