Yup, I agree to your HO about the piano and boy, am I grateful for my piano and musical background. Guitar was a joy to learn after I got past the pain and discomfort of the guitar fretboard. Unlike the piano, I still cannot practice beyond certain few hours a day so I adopt the "practice till you drop" method. I play till my left arm aches and the fingertips scream. Btw, I am rather concerned with potential injuries to musicians (perhaps I should start a new thread).
Piano and the guitar is beautiful combination and I think my life would not be complete had I pick another. I feel the piano provides a more balanced distribution of finger responsibility as opposed to the guitar. The guitar demands a different quality and strength on the fretboard, and much finesse with the right (getting rid of clacking was a challenge) That said, I will continue to strive and master this wonderful instrument.
Hello hav. I hated my piano lessons when I was a young boy as well! But thinking back, I'm really glad I did it. Personally, I think every musician should have some sort of keyboard knowledge and I am helped tre-mendously by the piano. But the song of the guitar has truly captured my heart!
I'm happy to hear you've taken initiative to get your nephews started to discover the beauty of the guitar! Someday they'll appreciate it. If I may suggest, do get the boys good instruments ! My first instrument was already a hand-made spannish guitar (a present from my beloved father). I find that having such a beautiful guitar helped in my appreciation and inspiration to play. Well don't over-invest but a terrible instrument simply kills interest
I don't know about scaled-down guitars but perhaps they can start off with full-sized ones if you wait a while.
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