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!

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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

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Your Kid’s Brain on Music Infographic – Updated 2015 Version

Music helps kids grow upWe’re really busy at Loog HQ working on some very, very cool new stuff we’ll be showing you shortly. (By the way, if you’re the nostalgic type, we recommend you take a long, hard look at LoogGuitars.com today before we finally bid it goodbye. It’s going to be legendary!)

But while you wait, we thought it’d be cool to update one of the posts you guys have shared the most: our “Your Kid’s Brain on Music” infographic from way back when. We’ve revamped its style and design, as well as laid it out in web form so you can access all of the information in a jiffy. But, amazingly, the “info” part of it remains the same – learning to play music still plays a huge part in brain development and all of its side-effects continue to blow people’s minds today.

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A Century of Les Paul

Les Paul

Today would’ve been the 100th birthday of a world-class tinkerer, musician and inventor: Les Paul. And no, he’s not a guitar 😉

Les Paul was born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1915 (that’s why he’s also called “The Wizard of Waukesha”). He liked building guitars and playing them – first as a country guitarist and, later, to follow his passion: jazz. But, most of all, he is the true inventor of rock and roll.

He did that by creating the Gibson Les Paul, a creation that many musicians -like Eric Clapton or Keith Richards- prefer. It took Les Paul eight years to convince Gibson to manufacture the iconic guitar that carries his name in the 1950s, which first carried the name of the “log guitar”. Today, a Gibson Les Paul from way back then will probably set you back around $10.000-$20.000.

(And yes, we know ‘log’ and ‘Loog’ are just one ‘o’ apart. It’s one of the things we love about our little 3-strings.)

Les once told the New York Times: “When you just get mixed up, when there’s too much going on, then it’s time to pick up your guitar”. That feeling is exactly why we love making music, why we love making guitars and why we work so hard, every day, to try and make more and more people start learning toward their one-way crush to playing guitar.

So long live the Wizard of Waukesha. Our dream wouldn’t even exist without you.

Why Do So Many People Love Prince?

PrincePrince’s birthday is coming up! Yes, we know, his birthday isn’t until next Sunday (June 7). But what can you do with a Sunday birthday other than celebrate it all weekend?

You guys might have realized we’ve got a huge musician crush on Prince and always do something special for his birthday – and the day he turns 57 couldn’t be any different.

Today we’re going to address a -sadly- VERY common question: why do so many people love Prince?! Most people know Prince for his eccentricity, his pop ballads and basically being the poster boy for 1980s fashion and style. And when you’re just focusing on that, it’s easy to see why so many people just don’t understand why so many fans, critically acclaimed musicians, guitarists, keyboardists, bassists and more absolutely love him.

But Prince IS amazing. There’s no hype to it. Here’s our attempt to explain it.

1. He is incredibly prolific
Prince is one of the most prolific artists out there – to date, he’s released over 40 albums, won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He’s had too many hit songs to count. He’s done four movies. He’s written huge hits for other artists. He was the go-to music producer of the 1980s. Prince is generally known as an artist, but he’s also an acclaimed musician, producer, director, composer, actor and songwriter. Basically, he’s made a name for himself in not just ONE career, but several ones people only dream of having.

2. While we’re at it, he’s an amazing artist
Prince’s style and aesthetic are basically what we imagine when we think of the 80s and 90s. Just look at this video:

All the clichés are there – only that, back then, these weren’t clichés but an aesthetic in the making (plus, it’s way back when music videos could be six minutes long and no one cared).

Plus, listen to the first few seconds of that song – you immediately can tell it’s a Prince song. Is it because of the synth? Ok then, here’s another more recent example:

Just the first few chords SCREAM Prince. And only a certain kind of genius can actually put a personal brand on music like that.

3. He puts on a great show – and can play a mean guitar
Surprised to see Prince with a guitar? You shouldn’t be (and yes, we know most people who were born way back then know this, but you’d be amazed at how many people still think Prince is that 80s pop guy!). Prince is actually a bonafide guitar legend. Just look at him killing the solo to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to George Harrison (skip over to 3:28 to see Prince in action):

And that’s the thing – he just owned the moment right there, with all those top-notch musicians behind him. Prince comes from the era of Michael Jackson and Madonna, people who choreographed their shows to the tee, even lip-synching entire shows. Prince provided the real deal: his live shows are chock-full of examples of him just making swift changes, stretching out solos or even changing beats on the fly. His live shows are as unique as they come. Here’s an entire playlist of live Prince if you don’t believe us:

4. Did we say guitar? He plays a mean ANYTHING
Prince is truly a musical virtuoso, considered one of the best guitarists, vocalists, keyboardists and bassists around. He’s actually known for playing ALL of the instruments in some of his albums, and has a knack of showing up at shows and asking to play. Check out these two examples. Both feature guitars, though – Prince is also not a fan a YouTube videos 😉

5. He can whip out hits, just like that
We’ve already told you Prince is also a songwriter – but he’s also written an abundance of hits for other people. Do you recognize this song?

Yup, the song was written by Prince. How about this one?

Also Prince. But we won’t bore you with an entire list of other artists’ hits actually composed by Prince – swim around his Wikipedia page for a ton of more entries 😉

Think there’s something that makes Prince great that we missed? Tell us in the comments!

Our Top 10 Pre-Rolling Stones Ron Wood Songs

Ron Wood turns 68 years old on Monday – and yet, age seems insignificant to all of the Rolling Stones. Our huge, geeky fan crush on the band is not exactly a secret, and their never-ending youth is a huge part of that! But, aside from age, the Rolling Stones are an amazing band that every kid deserves to know. And Ron Wood is a huge part of that.

Ronnie joined the Stones in 1975. His look, lifestyle and hard guitar have made him somewhat of a legend among few world class guitarists like Eric Clapton. And he has played hard since he was just a kid – he comes from a family of Water Gypsies that loved to live their lives singing and celebrating nonstop.

Ron Wood

He started his career in The Birds, and then joined The Jeff Beck Group, led by front man Rod Stewart. After that, both of them left to join The Faces. This group split up in 1975, just in time to let Ron become one of the main cogs in that huge, rocking machine known today as The Rolling Stones.

Ron is the main culprit behind massive Stones hits like Start Me Up and a whole bunch of their most popular songs. But, what about the songs he wrote before even joining the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band? (*) Here’s our favorite Ron Wood pre-Rolling Stones songs for you to enjoy during the weekend – and end up celebrating 68 years of one amazing artist on Monday. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, at least check them out to listen to Ronnie’s very own singing voice 😉

Enjoy!

(*) We can call them that – Wikipedia says it’s ok 😉

1. Oh La La – The Faces

2. How Can It Be – The Birds

3. You’re On My Mind – The Birds

4. All Shook Up – The Jeff Beck Group

5. Mystifies Me – Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Rod Stewart

6. Mis Judy’s Farm – The Faces

7. Shapes of Things – The Jeff Beck Group

8. Plynth (Water Down the Drain) – The Jeff Beck Group

9. I Ain’t Superstitious – The Jeff Beck Group

10. Poor Hall Richard – The Faces