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Subject: How early is too early?


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Piping Dad
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Date Posted: 10:13:24 12/04/01 Tue

I have a five year old son and he sticks to me like glue whenever I play...he loves the bagpipes. I want to teach him but at what age do you start? He expresses a real interest and asks me a thousand questions whenever I play, but is he too young to get a chanter in his hands and begin going over the scale? My concern is that he's too young and he'll look at it like a toy, not a musical instrument. Anyone out there have any advice or been through this with their kid?

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
Kelly
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Date Posted: 11:44:48 12/04/01 Tue

Understand now, this is my personal out look on this.
Getting him a practice chanter...........sure. Why not? He may look at it as a toy, but everything really good is a toy in the eyes of a child that age. But he has seen the respect that you give your "toy" and he will most likely give his "toy" the same respect. Although you might keep a close eye on him to be sure he does not look at it as a toy hammer and start driving nails with it.
He will start by blowing and making all sorts of noise with it, but he will be happy and content with it. After time, you may show him a couple of very small suprizes with it, like showing him how to make the doe, rea, me sounds. At that time you can show him SOME of the proper fingering. Slowly progress as he progresses. And I stress slowly. Always remember that at that age, most things are a game, and most everthing is a toy.
You should not show frustration if he does not pick up on it as soon as you would like. This will turn him off on piping for sure.
Always remember that HE see's it as a game, so play it as a game, and he will learn to play it very well.
Take Care and God Bless. -Kelly

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
Jeff Crain
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Date Posted: 12:27:54 12/04/01 Tue

I'm no expert on this but I do have kids this age. Anytime they show such desire, I try to fulfill it. You never know where their passion will lead.
Several chanters are made in children sizes. My daughter uses one. So, I don't suppose the chanter will be an issue. However, I am a little concerned about what will happen in a year or so when you move him up to the pipes. That may be another issue altogether. I feel confident that no matter what the naysayers tell me, there is enough talent out there to assist with the fitting (reeds, bag, etc) of pipes to a child this age. But you and I will cross that bridge when we get to it. Go for it!

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
Scottie Girl
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Date Posted: 04:08:19 12/05/01 Wed

>I have a five year old son and he sticks to me like
>glue whenever I play...he loves the bagpipes. I want
>to teach him but at what age do you start? He
>expresses a real interest and asks me a thousand
>questions whenever I play, but is he too young to get
>a chanter in his hands and begin going over the scale?
> My concern is that he's too young and he'll look at
>it like a toy, not a musical instrument. Anyone out
>there have any advice or been through this with their
>kid?

Get him a half size practice chanter. I started at 5 and am now 13 and still love it. My older brother started at 4 and is now 16 and is playing in grade 1. It's the greatest hobbie around.

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
Brian G. Slater
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Date Posted: 19:25:27 08/17/02 Sat

Hi there,

I think that 5 is a great age to get a child on the practice chanter. Just keep using your practice chanter and treat it as a music intrument that is just like your childs. Get one that tunes to the same pitch and you can practice together, play harmony and just have fun.

Transcribe some children's songs and make it fun.

I have an 11 y/o daughter. I got her a violin at 4, guitar at 4, piano at birth. Basically she grew up around music. We don't force it on her. It is just there. If she never is a professional that is fine but she always has a song in her heart and that will be with her when I am long gone.

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
Brian MacColl
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Date Posted: 11:19:23 09/26/02 Thu

At this point, his finger size is probably the biggest issue in regards as to when to get him going on the chanter. If his fingers are long enough, get him started on the children's PC. I know a lot of people talk about children's attention spans and how they get bored quickly...yada, yada, yada. That child will keep with it as long as he feels he is spending time with you. Don't make it seem like practice or learning to him, make it seem like it's part of the day where he and his dad hang out and spend time together. The child will look forward to practicing because it means more time with you, his dad. And if he's too small for the PC yet, then include him in everything. Show him how to hemp, how to work a chanter reed, how to tie-in a bag...anything. He may not care or even remember it all, but he'll remember he had a good time with his dad. And when he gets older, all his memories about the bagpipe will be good ones, and subconciously he'll want to play just because something inside of him feels good about it.

Brian.


>I have a five year old son and he sticks to me like
>glue whenever I play...he loves the bagpipes. I want
>to teach him but at what age do you start? He
>expresses a real interest and asks me a thousand
>questions whenever I play, but is he too young to get
>a chanter in his hands and begin going over the scale?
> My concern is that he's too young and he'll look at
>it like a toy, not a musical instrument. Anyone out
>there have any advice or been through this with their
>kid?

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
dagdaj
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Date Posted: 17:52:36 10/10/02 Thu

My two cents. I've taught a lot of folks over the years. I won't even say I'm the greatest teacher. I think I've been effective and have taught youngsters as well as some seniors.
I've found that kids under about 10 have a tougher row to hoe. There's an element of Piaget-type maturity that's needed. Plus...I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I want them to learn to do it right and do it well. That often takes a little more dedication than you find out of the younger folks.
But then again...you want to encourage them somehow.

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
BiGDaDDYKain
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Date Posted: 18:57:22 10/10/02 Thu

Why do you want to punish your child, let it be a drummer

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[> [> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
Brian MacColl
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Date Posted: 22:17:08 10/10/02 Thu

Maybe he wants his child to be a musician! :)


>Why do you want to punish your child, let it be a
>drummer

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: How early is too early?


Author:
BIGDADDY
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Date Posted: 11:18:02 10/17/02 Thu

>Maybe he wants his child to be a musician! :)
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>>Why do you want to punish your child, let it be a
>>drummer
That's why the child should be a drummer!!! HA HA HA HA

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