8 ways to keep your kids interested in playing guitar

Boy playing pink guitar jumps in the air against a blue sky
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Playing the guitar is great for children. Not only is it good for their brains, development and mental health, it’s also a way for them to express themselves and even make friends. Having similar musical tastes and sharing a passion for the same instrument can help kids make bonds that can last a lifetime – I have friends who I've made through music who have seen me through thick and thin.

Of course, we live in a world where there are distractions at every turn, and even though playing the guitar is undeniably cool, kids can easily have their attention diverted elsewhere. Video games, TV and the big black hole of social media amongst many other things can distract them, so how do you keep your kids interested in playing guitar?

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.