7 Best Gifts for Kid Guitar Players

Dressed up as Bowie for Halloween, watched SpongeBob jamming out with Patrick, wants to be just like rocker Mommy or can’t get enough of Daddy’s tunes – whatever the reason, you now have a little kid guitar player in your hands. And even rockstars write Santa letters from time to time. So what should you get a little kid guitar player?

We’ve got your back. Below are what we consider the 7 best gifts for kid guitar players. Better start ‘em young!

1. Loog Guitar

Let’s just get this one out of the way – of course we think the Loog Guitar is THE best gift for kid guitar players, especially if they’re still brimming with potential. Call us biased, but its narrow neck and three strings makes learning to play guitar easy peasy. Plus, continuing to learn is a breeze when you’re already playing ENTIRE songs on day one thanks to its Chord Flashcards and awesome iOS and Android App.

So go ahead and start a rock band with your little future lead guitarist. Just think of the places you’ll tour, the songs you’ll perform and the fun you’ll have – right there in your living room!

Loog Guitars

Get the Loog Guitar here. Read more

6 Best Musical Instruments for Toddlers

We’ve established that learning to play an instrument makes kids smarter, but now what? Do we get an oboe? An accordion? Guitar Hero? Fill up a jar with rice and call it a day? Not a chance. To help you decide, here are the 6 best musical instruments for kids to learn to play, ideal for their small hands!

1. Drums (1-3 years old)

Real drums should best be left alone until kids are at least 12 years old. Meanwhile, there are some amazing toy drums out there that could really help kids start grasping the fundamentals of rhythm. This one by Plan Toys is one of our favorites and seems to be ideal for younger kids and toddlers.

Looking for something for even younger kids? Then shakers or percussion set toys could be your best bet – just keep in mind that these toys are noisy and are best suited for very chill, patient families 😉

Plan Toys Solid Drum

Grab the Plan Toys Solid Wood Drum here.

Find the Plan Toys Clacker here. Read more

New Loog Mini and Loog Pro Guitars

We’ve been heavily hinting about some new Loog Guitar models on social media these last couple of days – and time has come to finally let the cat out of the bag! So without further ado, here they are to bask in their complete, revamped glory:

New Loog Mini and Loog Pro

Don’t you love them? We absolutely do. The Loog Mini, for starters, is a new, smaller version of our acoustic Loog Guitar that FINALLY gives a straight answer to all parents looking to make rockstars out of their younger kids. Read more

Loog Guitars Best in Show at Summer NAMM 2016

Yup folks, the rumors are true! Our last leg of our never-ending musical tour called life led us back to Nashville for the 2016 Summer NAMM – and we came back Best in Show in the “Gotta Stock It” category!

Ever since we won the Best Tools for Schools award at the 2013 NAMM Show, we’ve been coveting the Best in Show prize – and 2016 was the year we finally made it. We had the privilege of sharing a stand with Hal Leonard, our exclusive US distributor, who was more than cool that we advertise our new distinction. They were also really cool with us jumping and down with joyful abandon, which was also greatly appreciated 😉 Read more

Guitar Care for Beginners – Loog Blog Special

Loog Guitars - Guitar Care

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Being a good guitarist isn’t just down to playing the right chords – it’s about looking after your guitar and caring for it. Guitars are sensitive instruments, and should be properly cared for to keep them both sounding and looking at their best. There are some simple things that we can all do to ensure we look after our guitars in the best way.

TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Guitars are made out of wood and wood is a natural material. This means it can be affected by temperature and humidity (the amount of water vapor in the air). Both of these elements can affect the sound and quality of a guitar. If there is too much moisture in the air, guitars can swell – and if there is too little, this can cause the guitar to shrink and crack. Also, really warm temperatures can weaken glue, while the cold can cause the finish to crack. The best thing to do is to store your guitar somewhere like a cupboard, wardrobe, or in a corner of your room away from any direct heat sources, like a radiator. Read more

Guitar Parts 101

Many Loog players are seasoned guitarists (or seasoned guitarists who got a Loog for their kids) but many others actually get a Loog to introduce themselves to the amazing world of guitar playing. We’re always talking about bridges, necks, fretboards, nuts and so on – all of these are key guitar parts that any guitar needs to effectively do its job, even the Loog.

For those who feel out of the loop once the conversation turns slightly technical, here’s a neat infographic we found online that explains what each part of a normal, six-string guitar does. The Loog works in the same way but with less strings. In any case, it’s a great guide to knowing what we mean when we talk about nuts, heads, bridges, frets and necks 😉

Click on the image to see it full-size:

Guitar PartsNew to the guitar world and there’s something else you’d like for us to explain? Ask away in the comments!