Playing an instrument is very rewarding for both the child and the parent. To see the progress that they make over their guitar play journey and over a lifetime. One of the essential elements to make them improve their guitar playing is practice.
For all children, they will be more motivated at certain times compared to others when it comes to practicing the guitar. There will always be challenges and difficulties when learning new things on any instrument. The key is overcoming those challenges through determination and practice. This really helps the child build confidence in the fact that when they work hard, they can get result from it. Playing guitar gives them a very clear example to reference from when it comes to using this mindset in any aspect of life.
During those more difficult times, let’s see what we can do to help motivate your child to practice the guitar:
Do they love their guitar lessons with their teacher?
It really helps when your child enjoys their kids guitar lessons with their guitar teacher. They should be in a relaxing and fun, enjoyable atmosphere. There may be times when they get disheartened if they are finding something difficult, but the teacher should be able to help encourage them and motivate them to help them overcome these challenges. Your teachers’ role is to ensure they do this by providing the right materials for them to use in the lesson and also to practice with at home.
Try a 30 Days practice challenge
Having practice as a challenge or competition with themselves can help motivate them to get over the hurdle of practicing if they are having a lack of enthusiasm for practising. 30 days is a good timeline to get a routine, and they should practise for a certain amount of time per day depend on what their teacher has recommended. Set the reward as something that the child wants and will look forward to. We suggest having a family activity, or something small like chocolates to motivate them. Ensure they are praised for the extra effort and hard work they have put into practising.
Get practising guitar as part of a daily routine
Get your child into the mindset that practising isn’t optional and that it is something they must do to do well and get praise for how well they are doing on the guitar. It is always much better to practise a little every day than for a long period of time at the end of the day just before their guitar lesson. Doing daily practise really helps the information to set in and for them to progress the fastest way, and doing daily practise means they can see that progress. Try to make it as normal as brushing their teeth, so they expect to do it rather than thinking of it as an extra thing they have to do.
Keep a record of their progress by videoing it
Use your phone or tablet or anything else to video the practise that your child is doing once a month. This way you keep a record of the progress and improvement they have made over time. As we mentioned before, playing the guitar, there will always be new challenges, which is great because it’s a sign that they are learning new things and progressing. So having a record of how they have overcome previous challenges and how much improvement they have made will help them remember how important practise is and how much the effort they have put in is worth while.
Have an understanding of what they need to do at home
There is a difference between practising and playing the guitar. For young children, it’s important for the parent to know the difference and know roughly what they should be working on at home. Otherwise it is easy for the child to play a little while and say that they’ve done their practise, when actually what they have done is not what the teacher has asked and so it will not help them improve as much as proper practise will help them.
Having great communication between yourself and the teacher will ensure that you have an understanding of practise means, and so it gets you involved in the progress, the child knows that you have a level of expectation. This encourages them to practise the right things, which in turn improves their playing! It’s a cycle that helps to motivate them long term to play and practise.
Give them extra opportunities to perform in front of friends and families
Whenever there’s friends and families visiting, coming round for a cup of tea or anything else. Get your child to do a mini performance for them. Don’t put too much pressure on them, just say something encouraging like “Your aunt/uncle would love to see what you have been practising.”. They can just do some practise exercises, or play a piece. The aim is to get them comfortable with playing in front of others. And if you give them a few days notice, they may be encouraged to do extra practise before hand as well.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you encourage your child to do more guitar practise to help them progress and improve their guitar playing.
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