on 08 Jan 2008 16:35
Re: Comment on my theory... (involves djing)
They're picking up Guitar Hero, not guitars themselves.
Guitar Hero versus playing a real guitar is like comparing driving a Ford Focus to driving an F1 racer. Same idea, but two different skill levels are needed. See "Guitar Queer-o".
I've seen a lot of kids pick up Guitar Hero, but I haven't seen a lot of them take the next step to picking up a used Strat and a beat up Marshall amp to try out the real thing.
And the AC/DC shirts, etc? Fashion. Most of these kids would still probably run for the hills if they listened to AC/DC.
If a year from now I see legions of 12 year olds at Guitar Center splurging on the Ibanez starter kit or whatever, then I'll be convinced.
As far as musical interests, I saw a lot of kids try to pick up DJing, then it faded a bit. There's been a bit of an uptick though with Serato being fairly cheap. Hell, the software itself is free. And it'll run on a cheap laptop.
Kids picking up musical instruments tends to remain consistent, with fads every so often.
My own interests aside, the best instrument for any kid to learn is piano/keyboards. From there everything else becomes easier.