Re : Harp for Kids -- need help.
- Subject: Re : Harp for Kids -- need help.
- From: "" <party_man1@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 04:38:23 -0500 (EST)
I was given my first diatonic harmonica age 4 . I didn't hurt myself ever , but at age three your nephew might be not be ready for the gift of a legit instrument . I don't think I was ready at three , maybe , I don't really know .
Think it out this way in your situation :
I have a three year old grandson , I play for him and have let him get aquatinted with harmonica sound's like , train's , buzzing fly , baby sound's etc ... that I can get out of a harmonica as well as the nursery rhymes he knows already and other songs I play for him . I also play the guitar for him and bought him a little child's size guitar , I keep it here in my home for him ( because he's not ready to care properly for it as an " age of reason " type child can do ) to play when he visits me at my house , he accompanies me as I play either guitar or harmonica , ya got to luv em to put up with the racket a child can make when first trying to play any instrument :) If I were you I would ask his parents what are his very best favorite(s) nursery songs and play them to get him ( hopefully ) to participate and become aware of group interaction through music , this will help make him aware of this new way of getting attention and that is a sure fire way to have him adj!
ust to a social environment in a positive way because of the building his self esteem through the accomplishment of being able to play a musical instrument . A possible consideration is a cheap plastic toy harp that covers a complete octave . I would guess your observations on a turbo lid are a good idea as far as safety's sake goes . I would add an added measure of safety by sealing the turbo lids with a non toxic glue to avoid him hurting himself if they come apart , and believe me a three year old is capable of doing allot of harm not only to himself , but also to other children as well as an adult or two . A brass reed plate has some weight to it and can be very harmful when thrown , you have heard it before " everyone had a great time till so and so put an eye out ".
I am waiting till my grandson hits 4 years of age , I believe that is a great time for a child to get his ( her ) feet wet learning how to play a song on a harmonica . I was not the average type kid and so is this one grandson of mine , he is my spitten image and acts allot like me . You should take into account how mature the child is because a child's maturity is displayed in many ways positive and or negative . If he is one " well behaved " child that takes instructions from his parents and follows the order's his parents give when they ask him to do something the first time ( anything for that matter ) with out them having to insist that he comply over and over , I would assume he is ready , the reverse is true if he is the type of child that doesn't listen or obey his parents then I would wait till he has reached that age of reason and not before . If he reacts to your playing positively displaying a desire to want to play harmonica , then you have a bargaining c!
hip on the table with this young child who ( if he was truly inspired and motivated mind you) would do anything to be able to have one to play . I used this technique on a nephew who wanted one but was a little hell raiser . His parents saw the control I had on their child and they themselves learned a new way to motive their child with out having to continually whine and whine for him to stop what ever he was doing , or to do something and behave . If this is the scenario there I would try the old " carrot hanging from a stick " trick , keeping it just out of reach till a good attitude is established by the child . It worked for my nephew , he's now 21 and we have a great relationship .
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