The innovative Loog Guitar makes learning an instrument child’s play!
If you are a parent with a child who wants to learn to play the guitar there is often a difficult decision to make. Do you chose a full size guitar or a 3/4 guitar, which is smaller so more suited to young children. I think that most of us would chose the 3/4 size guitar. However, even with a 3/4 guitar the size of the neck and the number of strings can be daunting for even the keenest of children. The last thing you want is a child who is put off trying to learn to play the guitar simply because they struggle with holding the instrument. However, designer Rafael Atijas has an alternative solution with the innovative Loog guitar which makes learning, pardon the pun, child’s play.
I must admit it is always amazing to see a child play the guitar well. I didn’t pick up the guitar until I was in my mid teens and I always wished I had been encouraged to start earlier. But I have always thought that the guitar, especially acoustic guitars, swamp a small child and must make it incredibly difficult for them to learn. The genius of the Loog Guitar is that it has simplified the whole process by reducing the size of the guitar, the neck and the number of strings. You can still play it in the same way but it is a far less daunting proposition for a child.
Rafael Atijas came up with the idea for the Loog Guitar in 2010 whilst studying for his Master’s degree at New York Univesity. From what started as a design project, which he did as part of his Master’s Thesis, Atijas developed what has become a successful product. Atijas launched the Loog Guitar in March 2011 via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Initially he aimed to raise $15,000 but the campaign was so successful that he actually raised over $65,000! The Loog Guitar is now sold in over 30 countries and has won countless design awards in the US and Europe.
The Loog Guitar comes as a kit which has to be put together. But don’t be put off the Loog is easy to build.
With a commitment to quality and sustainability the Loog Guitar comes in both electric and acoustic versions. The Loog Guitar ships as a kit so there is some building work required before your child can get started. However, the construction is fairly straightforward and could be seen as part of the learning process. The video below shows how easy it is to put together the electric guitar version of the Loog Guitar.
As you can see the Loog guitar has a smaller body and a slimmer neck due to the fact that it has only 3 strings. The strings can be tuned as per a normal guitar but rather than EADGBE for a six string guitar the Loog uses the first three strings so is tuned to GBE. As with all products these days the Loog Guitar comes with a helpful app that has everything you quickly get you playing. There are video lessons, chord diagrams, a tuner and even a monkey drummer to help you stay on the beat. It also includes a songbook so you can learn guitar by playing real songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and more.
With the smaller body, slimmer neck and 3 rather than 6 strings the Loog Guitar is a great option if your child is looking to take up the guitar. The Loog normally retails for £199 but can be purchased for £149 through Gear 4 Music or [easyazon_link identifier=”B00MEQSLNG” locale=”UK” nw=”y” tag=”topguitars08-21″ cart=”y” popups=”n”]Amazon[/easyazon_link].
To find out more about the Loog Guitar visit their website.
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