Fender American Acoustasonic Guitars
On display at the 2020 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show was Fender’s hybrid acoustic-electric guitar called the Acoustasonic.
They come in two body styles, the single-cut Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster, and double-cut Stratocaster — both offering a complete arsenal of convincing acoustic and electric tones in one smooth guitar.
Both guitar styles come equipped with the standard, propriety Fender Acoustic Engine, which creates 10 different body style and tone wood combinations, along with a five-way switch to select sound pairs and the Mod knob that blends the voicing. The best feature, arguably, is that there’s no more need for 9-volt batteries. They come with an onboard lithium-ion battery, which is rechargeable via USB and gives up to 20 hours of continuous use.
Metronomes tend to be overlooked in the music world, no matter what the choice of instrument. A metronome is a practice tool that produces a steady pulse (or beat) to help musicians play rhythms accurately.
Enter Wittner, which makes some fun metronomes shaped like owls, cats and penguins that will make the idea of developing one’s own internal time clock much more fun.
The company has a rich history that dates back to 1895, when Gustav Wittner founded a precision mechanical factory focused on the production of the world’s best time-keeping tool.
Remo Kids Percussion
Remo has a new line of percussion and rhythm instruments in 2020 geared toward kids, and they’re just plain fun to play.
The company has designed light-weight, recycled drum shells with pre-tuned synthetic heads. The pre-tuned heads eliminate the need for tuning or weather concerns. The drums deliver a warm, focused tone that are remarkably full range, and come in a vibrant rainforest finish.
There’s a wide range of drum types to choose from — congas, djembes, floor toms and more. Their compact sizes are ideal for children ages 3 and up, and can be played with hands, mallets or sticks.
Lava Music has created an interesting assortment of carbon-fiber musical instruments for 2020 that are practically indestructible and sound amazing. The Super AirSonic carbon-fiber material can adapt easily to temperature fluctuations — and humidity is never a problem.
Their ukulele and 3/4-size guitars address the smaller frames of younger children. Kids will find the cool colors and the smaller size very comfortable when playing, and each guitar has built-in effects, its own gig bag and a pick set. Effects include delay, reverb, chorus, boost and mix-control.
Yamaha Music Schools
Music education has become the core of what Yamaha does, and they are committed to helping young people and musicians of all ages learn to play instruments and make music.
The company has approximately 600,000 students of all ages worldwide. Yamaha has developed a proprietary curriculum that helps teach the fundamentals of music to students in a collaborative parent-child course.
Students learn to hear, play, read, understand and appreciate every aspect of music. Learning instruments can teach a student self-discipline, self-confidence, communication, collaboration and so much more.