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Subject: Re: How early is too early?

Scottie Girl
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Date Posted: 04:08:19 12/05/01 Wed
In reply to: Piping Dad 's message, "How early is too early?" on 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

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?

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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