I received my Loog guitar this week. This guitar gets a Rockness Music: A+
I’m always saying in our preschool music classes…..the cheap imitation guitars are not worth a dime.
The metal strings are too hard, they do not keep their tune – we all know how hard it is to tune your child’s six string guitar ten times a day (or at least to keep the strings from breaking). In the past I have always recommended the ukulele for preschoolers.
But now the Loog Guitar. This is the answer. A Ukulele is still a great option for a child’s first instrument (and potentially more cost effective). That is the only tough part. The guitar retails at $149.00. Any professional will tell you it is well worth the money.
A perfect design for little people. Nylon strings, THREE, not six. A slender neck and an easy body to hold.
You will find yourself strumming on this monster in no time. Easy to play, easy to fret and (make up) chords. Thats right! It’s kind of difficult to make it sound bad. The way the strings are laid out really makes the performer at an immediate advantage. You and your child will benefit from this instrument. Welcome to the future. Loog Guitars!
The Loog Guitar started as an academic project in 2010 when Rafael Atijas developed the concept as his Master’s thesis at New York University. The fact that The Loog Guitar was conceived in a university actually explains a lot about the company’s culture: their main goal is not to make the most profit, but to offer a product that is unique and well-designed.
In March 2011, The Loog Guitar was launched via Kickstarter, a fundraising website for creative projects. We set the goal to raise $15,000 and instead ended up raising $65,618 from people all over the world who believed in the project and wanted to play a part in bringing this idea to life.
Loog Guitars is driven by a passion for music and sustainable design. They source their wood only from responsibly managed forests and are committed to quality and safety standards that meet or exceed government regulations.
They started this company because they love guitars and believe that building them is an essential part of understanding and loving the instrument. When you build your own guitar you develop a deep connection with it. They want to share this experience with their customers and that is why The Loog Guitar ships unassembled for parents and children to build them at home.
Tis’ the season to be giving Rockin’ gifts! How about a few ideas of musical gifts for the tots this holiday season? I picked some favorite instruments of mine. I’ve used many of these with my own kids and they are amazing instruments that keep the family rockin’ all year long! Any musical instrument you buy will be a good one, just go for it.
FOR YOUR 0-2 YEAR OLD ROCK STARS
Plan Toys Banjo
My daughter tried to destroy this. She chewed on it, banged it, threw it and finally played it like a drum and strummed. It’s indestructible and in a good price range. This one is a little over $20. Great for the young Roscoe Holcolm in all of us: http://youtu.be/-wGgvbHcgyc
Click here to view the banjo on Amazon
Plan Toys Big Drum
Repeat after me: Drums are good. The more the better. Drums are the foundation of musical knowledge! Buy a drum!!! $30 ish.
Click here to view the Drum on Amazon
Remo Gathering Drums
What did we learn from the last gift? Drums are good. Remo Gathering Drums are large than most kid friendly drums. My kids, all kids, LOVE these drums. They are big. In most cases these drums are bigger than the children. How cool is that? $60 ish.
Click here to view the Remo Gather Drum on Amazon
FOR YOUR 2-5 YEAR OLD ROCK STARS
This is the perfect gift for any child who wants a guitar. It has less strings (easier to tune), softer, and durable strings. I highly recommend a ukulele for any household. If you want a ukulele that keeps its tune you will have to rise above the $50 mark.
Click here to view the Ukulele on Amazon
Ok then! Lets move on to two differently pitched drums. Again, drums are loved, buy your child two!
Click here to view Bongos on Amazon
Well this is on my list (for my girls) – To be honest I’m sick of having to hold them up on my giant drum kit. On the pricier side, but awesome.
Click here to view the Drum set on Amazon
FOR YOUR 2-5 YEAR OLD ROCK STARS
Here are a selection of Mini Acoustic Guitars….these will suit any budget. Some of these you might wind up wanting to play too! I have played the Taylor, it’s beautiful. Any of these models will be a wonderful ‘real’ starter guitar for you and your children.
Learn with them!!
Click here to view the Dean Playmate Mini Brown Acoustic Guitar
Click here to view the Dean Playmate Mini Pink Acoustic Guitar
Check out more guitars below!
Jasmine Nex Mini Jumbo Cutaway, Flame Maple
Washburn WMJ 10Sce Mini Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Ibanez DT100ENT Daytripper Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Taylor Guitars GS Mini Reduced Scale Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar
What did you end up getting? Share with Mr. Michael!