The resonance of the smaller body is thinner than a standard guitar, but more substantial than a ukulele. The nylon strings are tuned GBE (the first three of a standard 6-string guitar), making the transition to guitar a smoother process. The neck is strong, but thin enough for a small hand to comfortably fit around to reach each string and is marked with a rainbow of fret markers, making it easy for students to connect spacial, visual, and audible cues. A stock head tuner can be used for easy tuning in a classroom setting. For around $150 (less for education pricing), the Loog Guitar offers good and sustainable music education instrument.
David Mills, a guitar player with a varied and diverse musical background, developed the DoSo Guitar program out of New Haven, Connecticut where he teaches at The Neighborhood Music School. The DoSo program is housed in local Boys and Girls clubs, where participants ages 7-12 learn to play, sing, and perform popular music from around the world. Mills and his trained teachers lead the after school programs and prepare the students for performances.
Focus is placed on the fundamentals of music, which provides an excellent sustainable and sequential music education model. Students feel comfortable improvising, using solfege, the circle of 5ths, diatonic harmonies, and the ability to sing against a drone. Individual and ensemble settings allow for a varied experience, and students often create original songs. The entire method was built keeping the National Standards for Music Education in mind.
In a sea of "monkey-see monkey-do" rock band mimic programs disguised as music education methods, the DoSo Program offers a quality, sustainable, and sequential method for students to learn guitar.
DoSo in Nashville
A Nashville based DoSo Program is currently in the works, in conjunction with NAZA (Nashville After Zone Alliance). The team is researching potential sites to house the program, which should be piloted this fall. The W.O. Smith Music school will be the site for teacher training. We are happy to welcome new quality music instruction programs to our great city, and to keep our students learning music.