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Introducing the New Loog Guitar Events

We’ve been keeping busy this year in our own hometown with a crazy idea we had: Loog Guitar events. Or, in other words, why not offer concerts for kids and then show them how to rock out once the gig is over? Luckily, we found many similar-minded people who thought our idea wasn’t that crazy and let us test it out.

Granja de piratas with Loog Guitars

And boy was it fun! Kids were not only enjoying rock shows made for them, but also sticking around to learn to build and play the Loog Guitar. The more extroverted bunch even dared to hop on stage and try the Loog out! Others prefered one-on-one sessions at the end of the show, helped by band members and music teachers. Read more

Loog Academy App Preview

Hey fellow Loog players! We’re reporting back from day two at this year’s NAMM Show with ANOTHER cool thing you can find at booth #5720 (which we’re sharing with Hal Leonard because songs in our new booklets!).

Apart from being able to pick up a Loog and take it for a spin, meet the founder of Loog Guitars, check out our new booklets and have a great time, you can also ask us to show you a preview of our coming-soon Loog Academy app – and we’ll gladly oblige 😉

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Loog Educator Spotlight: David Mills

Many music teachers are slowly turning toward the Loog to teach kids how to play guitar – the instrument holds easy learning and kids at the heart of its design and we’re psyched that so many educators have caught on. David Mills is one of precursors of this movement.

David Mills

We’ve talked about David, our favorite music teacher, over and over and over again – but most of you probably don’t know him that well. That’s why we thought it’d be cool to launch our new Educator Spotlight feature sharing a bit more about it. Read more

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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Learning to Play Guitar with Loog and Levi’s Kids

We’re always jumping at opportunities to see kids interacting with our Loog Guitars. And with the recent launch of Loog in our own hometown, we partnered up with Levi’s Kids to teach some kids how to play guitar while eavesdropping a bit ourselves 😉

Loog Guitars and Levi's Kids

The experience was amazing – kids responded in an overwhelmingly positive way to the Loog and even dared play a few chords here and there. Our guitar teachers also got into the groove and encouraged the little ones to start playing right away. Most kids walked away excited about music and asking their parents to sign them up for music lessons. Read more

Five Harder DIY Musical Instruments to Make This Weekend ;-)

It’s no secret that we’re crazy about DIY, especially DIY instruments. Just you, some pieces of wood and metal, a whole lot of patience and the pleasure to actually build something with your own hands. That’s the simple joy of it, and something that you can easily share with your kids. So, now that you’ve built your Loog, dare you tackle something a bit more complicated? We’ve already shared some pretty easy-to-make DIY musical instruments to build for your kids in our blog before, but let’s take it a knotch higher this time…

Washtub Bass

 

Washtab Bass

This is a very old, folk and traditional hand-made bass from the early 20th century that’s great to play along your own Loog or acoustic guitar. Usually used in ensemble folk and jug bands for decades, all you need to make one is a steel string cable, a metal washtub and a broom for the instrument’s “neck”. Find the entire guide to build a washtub bass here.

Hang Drum

Hang Drum

The Hang Drum is actually a new and very interesting instrument. Created in Switzerland in the early 00s, it’s a new kind of percussion instrument, very much like a reverse steelpan, that is used to create rythm and melodies. It has a very beautiful and ethereal sound. All Hang Drums today are built on demand and tend to be very expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t build a rough version of it yourself! Using only a propane tank and some power tools -and LOTS of patience to tune it- you can create a really cool sound that’s not as clear as with the real thing, but still awesome. Full instructions here.

Pocket Theremin

Pocket Theremin

The Theremin was the first electronic instrument ever made – it was created in the 20s by Leon Theremin, and is still the only instrument that you can play without touching it. Moving your hand near one of its antennae changes the pitch, while doing so over the other controls the volume. It’s very difficult to play in a “classical” way but SUPER fun to just make blurpy, ghost sounds. You can build a small and simple Theremin easily for under $20. Are you good at fiddling with electronics? Even if the answer is no, this is a good starter proyect. Instructions and a complete list of items needed here.

Cigar-Box Guitar

Cigar-box Guitar

The cigar-box guitar is actually the grandfather of the Loog guitar. It’s much more complicated to build, but so totally worth it. These babies are fretless instruments, so they are much more challenging to play than a regular guitar, but sound great with a slide and some practice. Want to try one? We already have an entire blog post showing different instructions to different kinds of cigar-box guitars for all kinds of skill levels.

Turn Anything into an Instrument
If you’re more into pocket Thereminds than Cigar-box guitars, then you’ll probably love this one: Makey Makey is an invention kit that lets you control your computer with anything. Drawings, pieces of clay-doh, bananas, pieces of cardboard… ANYTHING. The concept is simple: Makey Makey is just a small card with cables and alligator connectors. You plug those alligator connectors to anything, and plug the Makey Makey to one of your computer’s USB ports. That’s it – the possibilities are endless. Look at this video that shows a few of the thousands of musical instruments that you can build. It includes musical paintings, a piano played with balloons on the ceiling, touch-sensitive fur, organ gloves, and much, much more!