The Boy with the Blue Guitar


Tariku turned three yesterday. He’s been asking for a blue electric guitar for months, so that’s exactly what he got. The only one we could find was a little big for him. Does anyone have a suggestion for a real electric guitar that would fit a three year old?

The scene made me think of this, from “The Man with the Blue Guitar” by Wallace Stevens:

The man bent over his guitar,
A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

They said, “You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.”

The man replied, “Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.”

And they said to him, “But play, you must,
A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,

A tune upon the blue guitar,
Of things exactly as they are.”

It was a magical day. Party pictures to come…

You can see him play it here.

4 thoughts on “The Boy with the Blue Guitar

  1. Don’t worry, he’ll grow into it! 🙂

    If he were into acoustic guitars, I’d say check out a Baby Taylor. I got one for my son a few years back. It’s small, but it has a GORGEOUS sound.

  2. When my son was two, we got him a “rock uke” by k. wave– it’s a uke that’s shaped like an electric guitar and has a pickup, so you can plug it in and rock out. It has a lovely sound and has proved to be pretty hardy too. Our son strapped it on and didn’t take it off for a year and half. My husband is worried about him having to relearn his fingering when he graduates to a real guitar, but only a guitar nerd like my husband would be worried about that.

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