To hand on your "heirloom" to your children?
I was at my kids school Xmas fare last weekend and there was a competition to win a guitar. An epiphone les paul, quite nice starter kit.
I had a go but of course didn't enter the competition and my playing, heard by the assembled crowd, sparked interest and got the compeition going for which the kids running it were grateful. (they were struggling to get people interested).
And for 20p a go all sorts of kids started playing and my son who is 5 had a go and put his name down. One of his little friends from his class had a go too. and some older kids etc.
The staple to play, and can you believe this after all these years, was Smoke on the Water. (I mean these kids were like 10 years old!!)
Anyway, I decided to leave before the award was made to avoid any polssibility that my son might win the guitar. Now before you say, "Mean Dad!!" I did it becuase I have a number of guitars anyway and my son is already playing on them and for a 5 year old that's enough.
However, it turns out that his little friend won the guitar and she is coming round (organised by my wife and her Mum) to have a go in my studio this weekend because the little thing doesn't have an amp and she doesn't understand why the guitar is so quiet.
They are a single parent family unit and can't afford an amp this Xmas and so I have decided to give her a lead and my little Marshall Micro stack (which I never use) so she can play at home as a little Xmas present.
It makes me feel good as that's a Xmassy thing to do so I'm cool with that.
My son is going to be a bit miffed and I feel a little guilty that I didn't think of giving the kit and maybe one of my older guitars i don't use so much to him instead.
It's a dilemma...he has access to my kit whenever he likes but he doesn't possess it and there is something in the act of handing it over that matters.
I have been hanging on to my old tele (which again despite the fact I love it, I don't play it much anymore) and I wonder if now is the right time to hand it over and make it my sons guitar.
Or should I wait until next year when he will be 6 ( a better time to start guitar cos of hand size etc.) and buy him something he chooses. Kids have there own ideas of whats cool and whats not.
What should I do?