By Christine Crosby, Editorial Director, GRAND – The Magazine for GRANDparents & Their Families
Just like you, as a grandparent, I want the best for my grandchildren. We want them to have the best education, good health & fitness, to be safe & secure, intellectually curious, kind & ethical people and to successfully engage their passions for life. Most of us grandparents want one of those passions to be the love of music. To take that a step further, I’d like mine to have the gift of making their own music. Experts abound telling us of the many benefits of music in the lives of children.
Now we grandparents know learning to play an instrument is time consuming; something today’s grandkids seem to be in short supply. Between all their play dates, sports, school, and of course, playing XBox, Mindcraft and every other digital game they can get their cute little hands on, they don’t have much spare time. However, find me a kid, that at one time or another, that doesn’t say, “I’m bored”, and I’ll be shocked. No matter how much grandkids have going on in their lives, they still have unfulfilled needs…and that is where playing an instrument can come in just perfectly. So, how can we grandparents who aren’t fortunate enough to play an instrument, and be able to teach our grandkids what we know? One of the answers I’ve found is Chordbuddy.
I had no idea what to get for my ten-year-old grandson for Christmas this year, until I learned about ChordBuddy Jr. ($169 MSRP). It’s a miniature dreadnaught guitar from the Perry’s Guitar line that comes with a DVD, songbook and digital tuner. ChordBuddy Jr. will be available for the holidays at local music stores across the U.S. as well as online at ChordBuddy.
“In my 32 years of experience as a music teacher, I’ve learned that little kids need instant gratification and some beginning skills to help them adapt to the guitar,” said Travis Perry, Managing Partner, ChordBuddy LLC. “The ChordBuddy Jr. is the first real playable guitar sized for this age group that takes full advantage of the ChordBuddy Learning System to help kids not only learn to play the guitar, but stick with it and love it for a lifetime.”