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Topic: Where should kids start?
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happy mom
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posted: 11/18/2003 at 2:23:50 PM ET
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My 8 year old girl is interested in either the Guitar or the violin. However I played the piano as a child. Is one easier to learn than the other? And if my child decides (with the help of mom)on an instrument, how can I figure out what is a good used instrument, by price? Keep in mind I know nothing about the instruments she has shown interest in, Any comments would be appreciated!

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posted: 11/19/2003 at 1:45:03 PM ET
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It is good that she is interested in a musical instrument of some kind. The best possible thing for you to do is to let her decide what one she wants to play. It will make all the difference in the long run. If you don't understand why she wants to play a certin one sit down and talk about why she chose it. She will be much happer if she gets to play the one she wants.

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posted: 11/19/2003 at 8:40:46 PM ET
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As far as the instrument pricing goes, it really depends on how serious your child is about music. To start I would recommend a violin in the range of $150-$300 (full size violin, if your child needs a 1/2 or 3/4 size expect to pay about half of the above). Seek out a music shop that specializes in violins to help you choose the right one. Guitars are usually priced the same, I assume you mean acoustic guitar. Don't invest a ton of money until you are sure your child is serious about music because good violins can range from $1000 and up and good guitars can range from $600 and up.


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