What? You haven’t yet heard of the Strumstick? If you’re looking to purchase an instrument for someone new to music, you’re in the right place. Bob McNally’s Strumstick is a perfect beginner instrument for children.
You don’t have to be a kid, though. The Strumstick has introduced people of all ages to the wonderful world of music. It’s totally fun and easy enough for anyone to play from day one. Join the party and learn to play Strumstick.
We’ve got lots of cool Strumstick gifts for you to consider. Choose from accessories, instructional DVDs, songbooks, T-shirts, cotton canvas tote bags, posters, trucker hats, colorful buttons, ceramic coffee mugs, stainless steel commuter mugs, refrigerator magnets, and more unique Strumstick gifts.
Ludwig van Beethoven To play a wrong note is insignificant … to play without passion is inexcusable.
There are several accessories designed especially for the Strumstick. Naturally they all make excellent gift ideas for any player wanting to make Strumstick part of their instrument arsenal. Guitar players especially love the Strumstick.
What’s a Strumstick? These shirts are sure to be a conversation starter. Choose from a large selection of colors and styles for all ages. T-shirts and tank tops make practical gifts for musicians and music lovers.
Musical Hearts over Grunge Brush Strokes
Treble clef and bass clef symbols are combined to form musical hearts over grunge brush strokes in these colorful Strumstick designs.
Here’s an inexpensive gift idea for Strumstick players. Refrigerator magnets always come in handy. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking as good as new for years to come.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical Strumstick gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Mugs are a popular gift because they can be used and enjoyed every day. These ceramic coffee mugs feature full designs that surround the surface. Click on any image to see the different views. There are many other sizes, styles, and colors to choose from. If you like these styles, great! You can also customize to create the perfect music lover coffee mug gift.
We love buttons! They’re inexpensive to give, and music lovers enjoy wearing and sharing them. These square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches and are printed on 100% recycled paper. Then they’re covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for years of use and enjoyment. Most buttons are easily customized with a rainbow of background color choices.
One of the most popular Strumstick gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
Lucinda in New York I regret to inform you that I may have to return the Strumstick. It’s making me late for work. I’m shirking my responsibilities. I bought it for my 80-year-old mother. I wrestled it away from her. It wasn’t a pretty sight and I feel a little guilty. Is there a Strumstickers Anonymous? I need help.
The Strumstick string instrument was designed in 1981 by Bob McNally, an accomplished musician, recording artist, and plastics engineer. His goal was to make it easy for anyone, particularly non-musicians, to learn to play music.
Bob began designing musical instruments in the 1970s. One of his previous designs, The Backpackers Guitar®, was licensed to world-famous guitar maker C. F. Martin and Co., Inc. in 1994.
Learning is Easy and Fun
Designed to be simple with only three strings, the Strumstick plays in just one key (or scale). Most string instruments are designed to be played by experts, with the notes needed for all 12 keys. Unlike more complicated instruments, there are no wrong notes. This makes learning easy and fun.
The frets are spaced to give you the notes of a major scale, plus one extra note that is handy to have. The other two strings make a background (a drone) which harmonizes with whatever you play on the fretted string. Chords are created automatically.
More Strumstick Facts
Bob McNally also created the Space Guitar, a version of his backpacker guitar designed for a Space Shuttle mission in 1994. It was the first American guitar in space, and the first musical instrument ever designed to go to space.
Are you learning to play the acoustic guitar? Learn the basics and grow your confidence with the Strumstick. Think of it as training wheels for guitar! If you already play another string instrument, the Strumstick can be used as a creative tool for composition. You can also play it for simple relaxation. Rediscover the simple joy of playing that brought you to music in the first place.
Awesome Beginning Instrument
Kids love the Strumstick! Are you looking for a beginning string instrument for a child? The best-selling D-33 model is a perfect choice. It’s lightweight, rugged, and easy to play. With a little supervision, kids as young as 3 are able to make music with it right from the start.
The Strumstick opens a door to the study of music. It’s fun to play, and much easier to learn than the guitar or ukulele. Each instrument comes with written and audio instructions, with plenty of online follow up and support. Give this easy string instrument a chance, and you’ll be making music in no time.
McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick
Listen to the Strumstick
Introduction by Bob McNally
Strumstick creator Bob McNally introduces his best-selling D-33 model, which is longer and wider with a deeper tone. The G-29 is shorter and a little narrower with a brighter tone. Most people choose the D-33 as their first Strumstick. The G-29 can be used to add another “voice” and a different pitch range.
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