Until very recently, if your child wanted to learn to play the guitar, you would simply have gone out and bought them a 1/2 size or 3/4 size 6-string classical guitar.
Although buying a scaled-down traditional 6-string classical guitar is still one of the options, it is no longer the only way to first introduce your child to the joys of learning to play the guitar.
The Loog Guitar Company has invented an entirely new option for kids who want to learn to play the guitar from a young age. Instead of learning to play on a 6-string guitar, they have developed and produced a 3-string guitar with a much slimmer neck that is intended to make the process of learning much easier for kids and their tiny hands.
But, are these Loog 3-string guitars actually any good for learning to play at a young age?
This is my Loog Guitar Review and I hope that it helps you to decide whether this is the best option for your budding child guitarist.
What Are Loog Guitars?
Loog Guitars are 3-stringed instruments specifically designed for kids who want to learn to play the guitar. The 3 strings on a Loog Guitar are tuned in accordance with the highest pitched 3 strings that would be found on a standard 6-string guitar (G, B, E).
The fact that the 3 strings are tuned to match the highest pitched 3 strings on a normal guitar means that Loog Guitars are capable of producing real chord sounds using those strings, albeit that the bass notes are omitted.
Very often, if you sign your child up for a Rock School, they will start by being taught to play modified chords using the highest 3 strings in any event. When their hands and fingers get bigger, they then often transition to full chords using all 6 strings. The problem is that the necks of standard 6-string guitars are wider and, if your child is only actually using 3 of the strings to form chord shapes, this extra width is unnecessary and unhelpful.
For many kids, the Loog guitar design means that they can achieve the same (or similar) sound than with a standard 6-string guitar, and this can be done with a more comfortable hand and finger position.
Loog Guitars are designed to be used by kids aged 3 years and upwards, which is a younger starting age than for a 6-string guitar. There are 3 different sizes of Loog Guitar that are suitable for different age groups (see below).
The Loog Guitars are available in classical and electric body shapes. They come supplied with some very nice learning tools, including a downloadable App and some chord flashcards. You can also find lots of free online video Loog Guitar Tutorials on the Loog YouTube channel and the YouTube channels of other Loog content creators. There is an entire community of Loog Guitar players and teachers to help your child to progress.
Here is the original Loog Guitar Kickstarter Video, which explains why they were created for kids.
Loog Guitars – The Features
Aside from the fact that Loog Guitars only have 3 strings, there are a number of other notable features for you to consider.
The Loog Guitars come with a maple neck and fingerboard.
They have strap pegs if your child wants the ability to play while standing up like a real rock star.
The downloadable Loog App provides access to a digital tuner, free video lessons, and a digital songbook containing material from many popular artists. Basically, the App provides access to everything that your child needs to tune the guitar and learn to play songs right from the beginning.
The one downside is that the basic strings provided are not the highest quality and this means that the Loog Guitar can go out of tune more quickly than you would wish. This is a common problem with many cheaper 6-string guitars as well. The simple solution is to purchase some higher quality strings to use with the guitar, which a relatively cheap fix.
Loog Guitars v 6-Strings
Loog Guitars only have 3 strings, which means that the necks are much slimmer than a 1/2 or 3/4 sized 6-string guitar. This makes them much easier for small kids to handle comfortably and play competently and confidently.
Some people may be sceptical about the idea of a 3-string guitar, but many kids’ Rock Schools actually teach kids to play 6-string guitars by using modified 3 string chords. They recognise that kids’ hands are often too small to play full chords and so they teach them cut-down versions of the chords. These cut-down chords often use just the highest sounding 3 strings on the guitar, which are precisely the strings that you find on a Loog Guitar.
The Loog 3-string guitars take this modified chord learning concept and then remove the other 3 strings from the instrument. The result is a guitar that small child hands will find more comfortable to hold and play, without necessarily compromising on the sounds that are produced.
The only note of caution that I would sound is that your child may not be able to use a Loog 3-string guitar within traditional formal lessons. If they have a traditional guitar teacher (outside of a Rock School), you should definitely check with them first before ordering a Loog Guitar.
Loog Guitars – Video Reviews
Here are some helpful and balanced video reviews of Loog Guitars.
Loog Guitars – The 3 Options
As I have already mentioned, there are 3 different sizes of Loog Guitar.
Loog Guitars – My Verdict
Personally, I think that the Loog Guitars are a really great invention and will make the process of learning the guitar much easier and much more fun for many kids, especially those with small hands.
They are not necessarily the best option for all kids and for all styles of music, and are probably unsuitable for use at traditional formal lessons. However, if your child is a budding rock star and is more likely to learn at home with the App or attending a Rock School, they are a great option for the early stages.
Make sure to watch some of the Loog Guitar Review videos above for more information about these products and to hear them being played.
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