Guitars Not Guns instructors donate their time to teach beginner guitar skills to young students. Generally we only interact with the student for an hour a week. We ask the student to practice at least 30 minutes a day.
While 30 minutes may not seem like a lot of time, some students may find it hard to fit practice time in with their other daily activities. If a student is to be successful at learning beginner guitar it is essential that they practice.
There are two reasons for practicing. First it will help the student strengthen their fingers and harden their fingertips. This is a major hurdle to overcome because pressing on the guitar strings will make their fingertips sore when they first start playing. There is no easy way to get around this.
Second, the body must build a connection between the brain and the hand/fingers. This is called muscle memory. Practice develops the muscle memory skills a student needs to successfully learn to play the guitar.
The bottom line is for your child to become proficient at the guitar, they have to practice.
You can help by taking an interest in their learning. Here are some simple questions to ask: What did you learn today? Can you show me what you learned? Did the instructor give you any homework?