The Loog Guitar for Kids

Could the Loog be the best guitar for kids and beginners?

(Image credit: courtesy of Loog)

Three-string guitar maker Loog has unveiled its newest line of electric guitar models for kids and beginners, featuring built-in amps and speakers as well as flashcards and apps to teach players how to form chords and play songs.

The new models are the ukulele-sized Loog Mini, designed for players ages three and up; the Loog Pro, for ages eight and up and the Loog Pro VI, for ages 12 and up.

The Loog Mini and Pro are three-string models that use the first three strings and tuning of a regular guitar in order to help kids with finger placement and standard guitar applications, while the Pro VI is the company’s first six-string instrument.

In addition to the built-in amp and speaker, all three models boast a distortion switch above the volume and tone knobs.

The app, meanwhile, features a tuner, games, a play-along songbook with mute, slow-down and record functions and an augmented reality feature that allows users to learn to play via a selfie camera.

And if you already know how to play? The six-string Loog Pro VI doubles as a great all-in-one travel electric guitar as well.

(Image credit: courtesy of Loog)

Loog currently has a Kickstarter campaign in place for the new models, with the Mini available for a pledge of $99, the Pro for $149 and the Pro VI for $199.

For more information, head to Loog’s official Kickstarter page.

Stage Fright?

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TOO AFRAID TO TAKE THE STAGE

HOW TO STOP STAGE FRIGHT FROM HOLDING YOU BACK

We’ve all had that dream: it’s the night of the big presentation, you walk on stage and the audience immediately starts laughing. You drop your cue cards. You open your mouth, but you can’t speak. Somehow, you’re naked. As  far fetched as these dreams can be, it doesn’t stop that feeling of dread creeping in when you’re about to perform. So what should you do if stage fright is starting to get you down?

TALK

While it’s the most vital step in resolving any issue, talking is often the hardest thing to do. As the saying goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’, so try to talk about your stage fright with your bandmates, management team or friends and family. The more you talk, the more you’ll discover how common an issue it is. It’ll also allow other people to help you. For example, your manager could speak to production staff at a big gig and advise them to give you a bit of undisturbed personal time.

BE PREPARED

Sometimes nerves can be eased by something as simple as having a plan. The more variables you can prepare for, the less ‘unknown’ there is to fear. Make sure you get as much information about the gig as possible, rehearse your material thoroughly and pack any spare accessories you might need. You might also benefit from getting a feel of the stage before you go on. If you don’t have a soundcheck to take advantage of, you could ask to see the stage when the venue is empty.

BUILD CONFIDENCE OFF STAGE

For some people, a general lack of confidence lies at the heart of their performance problems. Taking up martial arts, dance, or improv classes might help you to find extra confidence. If you’re not ready to commit to a new hobby you can push yourself in other ways, like talking to a stranger on the bus or ordering something different at a restaurant.

PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

When you find yourself beginning to panic, it might help you to rationalise some of your fears.

Ask yourself, is anyone really going to remember if you stumble over a couple of words? Is anyone paying that much attention to your specifically, or are they just enjoying a drink at the bar?

Audiences can be remarkably unobservant. They’re unlikely to notice your nerves unless you make it a big deal.

If things don’t go as planned, remember that this is just one show and it doesn’t have to define your music career.

This seems like a very innovative idea……Pay What it is Worth

Pay What it is Worth…..a very innovative idea……

“There has to be a new approach to attracting new audiences in this age of digital distraction, and we share their mission to connect as many people as possible with quality arts experiences in an inclusive way.” Kahlil Ashanti, founder and CEO of weshowup.io

I have never heard of such a ticketing policy being applied to live music but the Vancouver New Music, who are known for taking artistic risks in their bold concert programming, is now it’s applying the same daring strategy to its ticket pricing.

It’s part of an exclusive two-year audience-development partnership with weshowup.io, a new, Vancouver-based digital pay what its worthplatform.

Under the system, audiences pay a fee of $3.50 to reserve a ticket in advance of the show, and will be contacted after the event to pay whatever they think the experience was worth. Audience members will also be able to pay directly at the theatre on the night of the show.

VNM artistic director Giorgio Magnanensi stated the initiative is based on the belief that by “simply giving people the opportunity to contribute more, they will. That’s the idea that this year’s VNM festival and series wishes to experiment with. This is also what creativity and imagination has always been about: helping people create and support positive change in their lives, and fostering imagination and vision to direct our own creative energies and dreams.”

The idea is that audiences might be more willing to take a chance on something new and unknown if they can pay what they think it’s worth after the fact.

Ticket reservations for the 2019-20 season are now open and can be booked in advance through weshowup.io here or at VNM’s own site.

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Vancouver New Music’s Upcoming Season

VNM’s upcoming season includes New York-based cellist and improviser Okkyung Lee collaborating with local electronic musicians in a show called Parallel 02 on November 16; Winnipeg’s crys cole and Australia’s Oren Ambarchi conjuring pay what its worthsound worlds on February 15; and a collaboration between virtuosic Italian violinist Silvia Mandolini and Vancouver’s new project magik (with Kenton Loewen on drums, Marina Hasselberg on cello, and Magnanensi handling diffusion and live electronics).

Only one show this season is excluded from the new pricing initiative: Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan’s Dollhouse, co-presented with the Dance Centre from March 12 to 14, 2020, and selling tickets through Tickets Tonight.

Speaking on the new partnership with Vancouver New Music, Kahlil Ashanti, founder and CEO of weshowup.io noted in the announcement today: “There has to be a new approach to attracting new audiences in this age of digital distraction, and we share their mission to connect as many people as possible with quality arts experiences in an inclusive way.”

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