We get asked this a lot. And admittedly, that’s a loaded question. The short answer is: depends. The long answer…well, let’s get into that.
Generally speaking, it takes a certain about of coordination and dexterity to physically perform the techniques necessary to play the guitar.
Having said that, for traditional steel stringed guitar the age of seven seems to be a universal starting point. Fortunately, there are MANY alternatives to steel stringed guitars. Classical guitars are strung with must softer, and lower tension nylon strings. This makes the the physical demands of young hands much more manageable. Another alternative – especially for young students – is to start on the much smaller, nylon stringed Ukulele! Many ideas and patterns translate from Uke to guitar, so it can be the perfect entry point.
Classical Guitar Example