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Be a DIY rock star

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There are many virtuous reasons to give your child music lessons, but there is also that wonderful, purely selfish motivation: “I, the parent, have ‘learn to rock on an electric guitar’ on my bucket list, and I will now live vicariously through my child.”

Making it even easier to nurture your little rock star, Upper West Side-based Rafael Atijas has just put an electrified version of his Loog guitar on the market. With just three strings, Electric Loog guitars are easier for kids to tune and play than the traditional six-string, partly because there are fewer strings and also because the neck is slimmer and easier for them to get their little hands around.

Electric Loogs are available in a vintage, pastel color palette; choose from blue, green, red, white, or yellow. They also arrive in pieces, so you and your child will become intimately acquainted with the inner workings of the instrument when you assemble it.

A series of how-to videos featuring music educator David Mills, dubbed the “Loog Academy,” can be viewed for free on loogguitars.com, so it won’t be long before you, er, your child, is strumming like Keith Richards.

Electric Loog II guitar, $199, www.loogguitars.com.

Posted 12:00 am, September 14, 2014
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