As long as I can remember, I have known how to play three basic chords on the guitar: C, G, and D. My dad is a musician and he made sure I had an instrument in my hands as soon as I could hold one properly. I’m grown up now and my dad lives on the other side of the country, but I still feel closer to him when I get out the old acoustic guitar he gave me and play the songs he taught me to play. The time I spent with my dad playing music will always be special to me and our shared love of playing music gives us a never-ending topic for conversation.
Not every parent has the musical knowledge to teach me as my dad did, but any parent can learn to play alongside their child. Sharing a hobby like playing a musical instrument is a wonderful way for parents to bond with their children. Learning alongside your child has other great benefits too! (more…)