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4 Instruments That Are Ideal for Kids to Learn

All parents have a dream of their kids achieving something or developing skills that they never had the opportunity to pursue. If you want your little one to learn to play an instrument, you’re probably wondering what instrument would be best. While this is not an easy answer, as no instrument is necessarily ‘easier’ than another.

In this post, however, we take a look at what professionals recommend to teach kids of a younger age. Let’s get started!

Ukulele

Ukulele’s size makes it ideal for younger children to learn. The strings are also not too hard to press down, and there are many simple chords that can be taught fairly easily. Your little one won’t get discouraged too easily with one of these by their side.

Piano

The piano makes the list as it is seen as one of the best instruments to get kids started on. It is fairly easy to learn, but it does take dedication and loads of practice. Keep in mind that with the right mindset, and encouraging your little one, you may just be able to light and develop a further interest for them in musical instruments.

Guitar

The guitar follows as another favorite among parents and children alike. It does take hard work and perseverance, but your child might just enjoy the discipline. Learning how to play the guitar has many benefits for children, and it will also help them on their musical journey.

Recorder

The recorder is probably one of the most popular instruments parents end up getting their kids. And there is no shame to it either. It is a lovely instrument that is fairly easy to learn, and ideal for introducing other woodwinds once your child masters their skill on it.

And that concludes our list of the best instruments to get your child started on! Remember to keep encouraging them to practice, and to make it a fun activity rather than a chore.

 

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The Easiest 6 Steps How Musicians Build Their Own Guitar

While some instruments are affordable, you will always have to spend money to provide the needs of your little ones with music no matter what. While it can’t be avoided to invest in music, there are ways to make the most out of your money.

Building a guitar is hard, but it allows you to fully customize your guitar so you can play as effective as possible.

Shaping the Body of The Guitar

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Before shaping the guitar, you’ll have to acquire a piece of wood or anything that can serve as the body. This may cost you about $50 to $240.

The first thing to do is the mark, and make sure you only mark the outlines (where you’re going to cut out) on the body blank. Make sure you use a 1/4” blade or something like that. Then cut off the excess pieces of wood to make it smoother.

Sanding the Relief Cuts

Sanding the Relief Cuts - The Easiest 6 Steps How Musicians Build Their Own Guitar

You’ll find that the blade will have left cuts in the corners of the guitar. That’s the part that you’ll have to sand. You may use a sanding drum that is attached to the drill press to do this. While it may take some time, you can move to the next step after doing so.

Customizing the Neck

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The first thing to do is take the neck of the guitar and trace it up to the top of the guitar. You will then need a router and set it to the right deepness. Then clean up the corners with a chisel. Finally, you’ll have to drill the holes, but make sure it is of the correct size and don’t go too deep.

Strapping the Buttons

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After the routing, chiseling, and the drilling steps, you will have to fasten the strap buttons of the guitar. You should attach it in the appropriate sizes of the guitar as you will need to drill it into the guitar later on. But make sure it is of proper depth and after all that, you’ll have to screw the buttons down.

Fitting Pickguard

Pickguard - The Easiest 6 Steps How Musicians Build Their Own Guitar

The pickguard is the piece of plastic or other laminated materials placed in the body of the guitar. Along the shaping and sanding step, you’d have done something to allow for the pickguard to be fitted in the body.

Now what you have to do is simply cut the pickguard just like how you cut the guitar. Depending on your preferences, you can choose between Stratocaster or Telecaster pickguards. Remember that each has its own specialties when it comes to guitar-playing.

Routing

Routing guitar - The Easiest 6 Steps How Musicians Build Their Own Guitar

Although you’ve already done routing in the neck part, you’ll have to do it also in the part where you’ll have to place the pickguard. The first thing to do is to mark the template for routing. You can do this by tracing the pickup into a wood, preferably a thin one.

After that, make sure to trace around the exterior of the pickguard but make sure it’s bigger than the pickup. Finally, you have to rout the drawing of the cavity and you’re finished.

Although building a guitar isn’t as easy as it may seem, being able to finish the building process can be very satisfying. What’s more, it’ll help kids express their inner creativity by making their own guitar. Just make sure they are supervised and help them by using the power tools.

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Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

There are many types of instruments that you’ll see in the stage when an orchestra starts to perform. Each of them plays a role in the music produced by the orchestra and without one of them, the music won’t be complete.

Today we’ll talk about each type and how they contribute to the music made by the orchestra.

Brass Instruments

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First up is the brass family. This consists of instruments that have very long pipes with ball-shaped ends. The pipes are usually curved and shaped differently in a way that makes them easy to hold and play.

The sounds produced by these instruments are like buzzes, which is mainly generated through vibrations by blowing air into the mouthpiece. These instruments usually focus on the bass of orchestra plays.

String Instruments

String Instruments - Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

String instruments are commonly identified as viola, violin, cello, and double bass. The quality of the sound of these instruments varies according to the shape and thickness of the components.

Music is produced by plucking, strumming, striking, or in orchestras, drawing a bow across the strings and generating a vibration.

Percussion Instruments

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Percussion instruments handle the rhythm of the orchestra performance.  The rhythm varies according to the instrument. Some may have specific notes and pitches, but there are some with no definite pitch.

This becomes the case when pieces of metal or wood are simply hit together. While percussion instruments commonly refer to gongs, triangle, drums, piano, different cultures may include less-known instruments.

Woodwinds

Woodwinds - Different Types of Instruments Used by Musicians in an Orchestra Formation

Woodwinds are, as the name implies, instruments that are made of wood. However, today’s woodwinds are no longer exclusively wood, and it may be made of metal, plastic, or combinations of materials as well.

These instruments resemble brass instruments in the way that it is played – air is blown through the mouthpiece. Although this time, there are holes that are pressed to change the sound when it leaves the instrument.

Each of these four types of instruments has its own purposes. Normal orchestras won’t be complete without one of them. Brass instruments can’t be played without string instruments, the same way string instruments can’t be played without woodwinds.

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Kids Will Enjoy These 5 Music Festivals with Games and Music Shows

Grownups have to go on vacations once in a while. After all, what’s not to love about spending time with friends, eating good food, and getting away from daily struggles? But alas, you have the little ones to worry about.

So today we’ll be looking at the number 1 way to enjoy your vacation, both you and your music-oriented kids – music festivals.

4 Peaks Music Festival

4 Peaks Music Festival is held in Bend, Oregon and it is perhaps the most family-friendly festival in the area. The festival is located in Central Oregon and there’s only a limited staff to accommodate tourists, but there are volunteers that help run the festival smoothly.

Austin City Limits

This is a three-day festival by C3 Presents and is one of the most popular festivals in the place. There are performances held in eight different stages, each playing a different kind of music genre.

Firefly Music Festival

Firefly Music Festival by Goldenvoice and Red Frog Events is one of the most prominent music festivals in the East Coast. It features outdoor camping, which is perfect for families with kids. Plus, young ones will be able to receive VIP access to amenities.

Governor’s Ball Music Festival

This music festival is held on Randall’s Island located in New York City by Founders Entertainment. There are various genres of music in the festival and games and activities as well.

Lollapalooza

This festival’s highlights are the popular artists that will show up at the venue that will bring the audience lots of performances. It’s a great way for your kids to see their idols even if for just a short period of time.

These music festivals will surely keep your kids entertained, while you can enjoy some me time, or spend time with your friends. You don’t always have to push yourself. Rather take some time off.

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These Music Games Can Replace Typical Music Lessons for Kids

When a kid studies music, they’ll be composing, singing, and strumming all the time. While it’s totally okay for parents and teachers, it’s not for the kids who are actually putting effort into doing it.

In fact, they may eventually find learning music a bit, or rather very boring. So instead of forcing children to study music, it’s important for them to have fun once in a while. It might even be better if, for every lesson they take, you can hold some kind of fun activity.

Here we look at the most interactive and fun music games that will entertain the little ones, all the while helping them understand music better.

Songs and Statues

Songs and Statues are just as the name implies. It features statues or music-themed galleries for things that kids used to see in art museums. It is a multi-player game, which means they’ll be able to play with others. They’re also required to walk and talk, making it a very engaging activity.

Egg Shaker

An egg shaker is an instrument known for catering to the needs of a kid. It’s entertaining to use, and it helps kids learn music as well. If you want to turn it into a game, turning it into a guessing game is the way to go. In that game, kids will have to guess what’s inside the egg, considering the clues given by you, the supervisor.

Make Your Own Instrument

Making instruments such as drums, flute, saxophone, or guitar from scratch isn’t as much fun as it was before. So, what better way to make it more fun than to improvise. Instead of making known instruments, kids should make instruments out of their pure imagination.

Mathematical Music

Mathematical Music - These Music Games Can Replace Typical Music Lessons for Kids

They say music is part of the art. But we say it’s much more than that. With that said, you can make music a bit more mathematical. In fact, music has some connection with math, such as how fractions are used to indicate lengths of notes. This makes it great to add a bit of math to music.

Sounds of Instruments

This is more of an exercise rather than having fun, but if you let the kids play with other kids, it would be more enjoyable. In this game, you’ll have to familiarize the children with different types of instruments. Then, you’ll have to play one of them and they’ll have to guess what instrument it is.

Train Tapping

As previously mentioned, music has something to do with math. With that said, you can also play train tapping, a listening game with a focus on rhythm.

Sound Jars

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Sound jars is a game where children make use of recyclable materials to make their own set of sound jars, in which they can use as an experimental subject to explore the depths of music.

Hide and Seek

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Hide and Seek mixed with music focuses more on the listening skills of a child. It is where an instrument, or anything that makes music, actually, is hidden while the child finds it only by ear.

These games will help in certain aspects of music, such as how to Hide and Seek and Sounds of Instruments improve listening skills. What’s more, children can enjoy it to the fullest, considering that it’s a game.

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Lyrics from Bob Dylan’s Songs You Never Knew Had Moral Lessons for Kids

It’s not an overstatement to say that Bob Dylan is one of the most amazing and admirable songwriters of all time, and thus he had challenged many listeners for decades.

Dylan’s lyrics had always been full of emotions and experience, emphasizing humanity and humility. Introducing and explaining the wise words of Dylan would do any kid well as it may serve as a lesson for them in the form of music, which they would absolutely love.

Kids may also find it interesting to focus on the lyrics and literature rather than simply focusing on the sounds of the music. Dylan is a great artist and it’s great to start learning about him at a very young age because that means you can draw inspiration from the meanings of his words.

So today, we look at the lyrics from Bob Dylan that signifies humility and humanity that kids should surely know of.

“And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it.”

 In this line from “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, Dylan talks about a writer’s susceptibility in the face of injustice.

“‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm.'”

 Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm” talks about how loved ones can keep you from getting hurt too much from the storm, which represents life’s emotional struggles. Just like a storm, it’s inevitable to come.

“What good am I if I know and don’t do?”

 From Dylan’s “What Good Am I?”. The songwriter expresses the common feBob Dylan2 - Lyrics from Bob Dylan’s Songs You Never Knew Had Moral Lessons for Kidselings of a person when thinking about his or her worth as their loved ones are suffering and they can’t do anything.

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

 “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is Dylan’s personal struggle, but perhaps it’s the same with many other famous people. It talks about how a person can miss the world being underground, now that they’re praised by the public.

“How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?”

 Blowin’ In The Wind talks about racial injustices and that we should never judge a book on its cover. This is perhaps the most relatable lyrics from Dylan for the generation today.

These are five of the songs with lyrics that contain a very inspirational and valuable messages for today’s generation and for those to come as well. This just proves how Bob Dylan is one of the very few songwriters of all time that can actually help people through music.