What Musical Instrument to Get the Boy for X-Mas?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Folmeister, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    O.k., my little boy (5) loves it when I let him pound on the strings of one of my basses and we make up songs together. He has asked to get both of us "guitars" for Christmas. Well, I got mine last month, but do want to get him something musical. I looked at those tiny Fender Squires, but am hesitant because, perhaps, a keyboard or drums would be better? Anyone have any suggestions for the aspiring five-year-old and his Dad?
  2. That is really awesome of you to consider a musical instrument (especially the bass) for your child.

    I would be a little worried about the scale/size obviously, as it would be difficult, but I suppose if you guage the size of maybe a short scale Squier accordingly, it could be an awesome gift.
  3. We got our little girl one of those Squier Mini- Strats. It's better than my first few guitars and basses I learned on.
  4. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    My 3-yr old has a couple of drums from the Remo Kid's Percussion line, and he loves them. He also has a keyboard--there are 2-note polyphonic ones available at Wal-Mart with built-in beats, drum triggers, etc for $10.00, and I finally got him to start playing with his fingers instead of mashing keys with his fists. He's started playing simple melodies on his grandpa's piano as a result.

    I plan on getting him one of the mini-guitars as soon as he's able to hold it, and if he picks it up I'll see about a small-scale DB a few years later. I don't think there's such a thing as too young for an instrument, kids learn much more quickly than adults. If your son can hold it, I say let him try to play it. My son loves pounding on a drum while I play. Makes practicing difficult, but listening to him count off songs and wait for applause after he's done is just too cute for words.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    If he likes bass, dont get him a guitar :p
  6. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    I say drums.
  7. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Piano is a great instrument to start on. I'd say a keyboard.
  8. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    For Christmas, I just bought my grandson (7 years old) one of the short scale strat clones from Rondo Music. It's better than what I learned on too.
  9. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    My daughter has a real nice Pearl Session Drum set, but It's here at my house in the cases because she can't play them in her Apmt. I guess the point I'm making is w/ drums, you have to consider others, especially w/ beginers. I stated on guitar. Can you find a bass he can even hold?
  10. sargebaker

    sargebaker Builder - Island Instruments Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    my vote would be keyboard. or elec. piano
  11. I'd say drums if I hated myself and my spouse and wished hell upon us.
  12. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    You say the boy wants a guitar, get him what he wants. Not keyboard, drums, or...
  13. +1,000,000 He's 5 years old. He knows the difference between instruments. Get him what he wants. I started accordian at 7 and guitar at 8. Admittedly, my hands were bigger at 8 than they were at 5, but he can do single note things for a while. I got my 2 year old grandson a small acoustic guitar and tuned it in open G. I gave him a ceramic slide. I play steel and dobro, so he can now play along with Grandpa and have a blast. It's the time you spend with him, not the technical quality of the music you make that will make all the difference to him.
  14. discoboo


    Dec 25, 2002
    charleston, sc
    i vote for a ukulele. baritone ukes are tuned the same as the guitar D G B E so he could learn all the same chords. smaller, soprano style ukes come in a variety of different tunings...have at it!
  15. Ditto. My Daughter has the Samick mini strat. neck like a rock. I record with it...the short scale = INSANE bends on lead lines....sounds so cool with the right effects...
  16. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    Something that makes noise:D
  17. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Gawd, I just flashed on Alvin and the Chipmonks when
    you said that....

    My vote is for the Keyboard. Get a pretty decent one that you can play too. I think a good understanding
    of the piano keyboard was never detrimental to any musician.
    I wish I had started on that rather than a violin at 5, but they
    didn't have those in the Dark Ages.
  18. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA

    That would be too funny seeing a 5 year old playing that "Buxum Beauty" model.
  19. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Get him a kalimba, a pennywhistle and a doumbek.