Gifts for the budding rockstar(s) in your life
Any parent will know that most kids fall into one of two brackets come birthday or Christmas time. There are those kids who are extremely vocal about the things they like and don’t like. All year long, at any given opportunity, parents of kids in this bracket could name at least 10 things their son or daughter would wet their pants with excitement at receiving.
Whether it’s regular ‘subtle’ hints or outright, brazen begging, these youngsters are easy to buy for. On the other hand, there are the kids who throw curveballs. “I want a spaceship” or “I really like dinosaurs…” These kinds of dreams are clearly harder for a parent to fulfil, no matter how much they would want to.
Another idea which crops up in many kids’ lives is the desire to be a musician. Perhaps they see mum or dad playing an instrument, see friends or bigger kids play, or even watch bands on TV and think they want to start. And whilst we can’t help with sourcing dinosaurs or spaceships, we can certainly help out with some great musical gifts for kids. Let’s take a look at a few good options.
1. Redwood RS2 G10 Beginners Guitar & Amp Pack
The Redwood RS2 G10 Beginners Electric Guitar and Amp Pack offers a one-stop solution for those who want to kick start their guitar playing journey in style. The ergonomically shaped Redwood RS2 guitar is built to a accommodate players of all ages with heavenly curves in all the right places for a figure-hugging feel. The versatile electronics setup makes this a veritable chameleon, which is great for those exploring different musical styles.
The Redwood G10 guitar amp combo matches the tonal versatility of the guitar by offering clean and overdriven channel options, as well as EQ knobs for shaping your tone with deft precision. From practising at home to jamming with friends, it is the perfect companion.
What’s more we’ve included a gig bag, plectrums, a cable and strap, as well as a chromatic tuner to ensure that you’re good to go.
2. Redwood S20 Ukulele
Another fantastic instrument for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros is the rather fun looking Redwood S20 ukulele. We have gone into a bit more detail about the different types of ukulele, but the key thing to note is that they are growing ever more popular, particularly as more and more schools introduce them in place of recorders for early years music lessons.
Ukuleles are the perfect combination of a small body, fewer strings (which make chords a doddle even for tiny hands), and a low learning curve which means anyone can start making great music with just a few basic techniques.
3. Casio CT-S100 Portable Keyboard
Finally, the Casio CT-S100 Electronic Keyboard is arguably the most portable 61-key electronic keyboard that you can get your hands on,
The CT-S100 pays homage to the simplicity of its predecessor – the Casiotone S1 -, with an elegantly fuss-free layout for intuitive playability. The 61 full-size keys are inviting to the beginner as they provide greater comfort and a more realistic playing feel. This also ensures that your technique will develop properly and make the transition to piano keyboard much easier.
The Casio CT-S100 boasts 122 tones, 61 accompaniment rhythms, and 60 preset songs to play along with. There’s a built-in headphone connector for times when you wish to practise silently into the wee hours, there’s a USB connector for connecting to your computer and DAW of choice directly.
Running on 6 AA batteries you can get a whopping 16 hours playing time, plenty of time for busking or honing your technique on the move. The Casio CT-S100 Electronic Keyboard is perfect as your first keys purchase or for those looking to treat a loved one by helping them to get their music career off the ground.
We even have a Casio CT-S100 Bundle option for those who want to tie everything together neatly, complete with stool, headphones and keyboard stand, Nice!
4. Aroma TDX-15 Electronic Drum Kit
Maybe your kid has their eye on learning the drums instead. Don’t worry, drum technology has come on leaps and bounds over the years and where once learning the drums meant extreme noise terror for anyone else in the vicinity, now it’s a far more sedate proposition.
Though they may not be as well-known as Roland and Yamaha, Aroma has over twenty years’ experience in crafting professional-level digital percussion. When it comes to an affordable, high quality electronic kit for beginners it doesn’t get better than the Aroma TDX-15.
Built around a solid and reliable rack system, the hardware feels stable and responsive to encourage new drummers to play with enthusiasm. Made up of 1.5-inch aluminium tubing, all necessary mounting hardware and cables to get you up and running are in the box.
The TDX-15 is a 7-piece kit that includes a dual-zone snare pad, which enables you to assign different sounds to the centre of the snare and the rim. There’s an upright kick drum pad and kick drum pedal, hi-hat and hi-hat pedal, crash and ride cymbal pads, and a trio of tom pads.
The brains at the core of the kit is the TDX-15 sound module, which boasts a generous collection of drums, cymbals, and other percussion instruments for you to get to grips with. With 12 preset kits ready and waiting, all you need to do is switch on the sound module and go for it.
A built-in USB connection allows you to use the Aroma TDX-15 kit as a trigger-to-MIDI interface when you link it up to your computer and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation such as Cubase or Logic) of choice. There’s an Aux connection for hooking up an external audio source to play along with your favourite tracks. A headphone output allows you to practise in silence and play into the wee hours, whilst the Output jack allows you to connect to an amplifier when you want to show off to family and friends.
5. Redwood RD110CE Electro Acoustic Guitar Pack
Any younger players looking to take up acoustic guitar should seriously consider the Redwood RD110CE Electro Acoustic Guitar Pack. Though not quite scaled down like our beginner models, the Redwood is an accommodating model that new and younger players can grow with. As they hone their skills and develop confidence they have the full run of the neck thanks to the sleek single-cutaway body shape. Not only that, but once their confidence is up, they can grab an amp, plug-in and start wowing their adoring fans.
Each pack comes with an Aroma AT-01A Chromatic Clip-On Tuner and an Armourdillo soft case to help them stay in tune and get from home to practise with ease.
We hope this list has helped; yes, it can be difficult to know where to start when your child says they want to be a musician, but hopefully the above list will at least point you in the right direction when it comes to making your choice.You could always speak to one of our in-store product specialists at your local Dawsons Music store for more information or speak to our mail order team on 01925 582420 who will be happy to assist.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.