Jack Tuttle
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When to Start Your Child

This varies, of course, for each kid but I personally think age five is about as young as any kid should start, but some teachers do start them earlier. My three kids started at ages 8, 7 and almost 6, and I'd say each started at what was the right age for them. I did try my daughter at age 4 on violin, but it seemed too early. When she took up guitar at age 8, she was ready for it, although her first year she progressed very slowly. When at age nine she realized she could actually play some things, everything changed and now she is the most advanced bluegrass guitar player I've ever taught. On the other end of the spectrum, my youngest son, having watched his siblings learn, was ready shortly before turning 6. I intended to wait until he turned 6, but he insisted on learning a couple of months before that and he learned very quickly right off. The younger the child, the more important parental involvement becomes.

The flip side of this question is what age is too late - of course my answer is never! My grandfather, Earl Zentmyer, took up guitar at the age of 67, and he became a competent player. Nothing fancy, but he managed to accompany his own singing well into his ninety's and even jammed at his 100th birthday party! But having said this, those who start as children clearly have a huge advantage as I have written here.

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Updated September 23, 2013