Our Visit to 2020 NAMM
The annual international convention was full of great entertainment and fun play!
With grandmom watching our 18 month old, we only had a few hours to sort through all of the amazing things happening at NAMM this year. Here’s what we learned that we would love to share with you all:
Our first stop was the Kala booth of course which was beaming with some very fun things! They now carry a series of “ukadelic” Ukes that were previously all plastic, but now also come in wood with fun and gorgeous designs and also bamboo etched:
Speaking of bamboo etched, there is also an entire new line of bamboo Ukes that are especially beautiful and affordable. A truly uniques option that would be a great addition to any musicians collection!
Something that also comes in bamboo is their new Cajons!! We have been seriously waiting for these and ordered one immediately when we saw them. Another great addition for any musician’s corner.
These Cajons also come in spalted maple, ebony, and zebrawood. If you aren’t sure what this box of wood is, it has so many possibilities: The Cajón is a simple box percussion instrument from Peru that can be played with hands, fingers, brushes or sticks. The Kala Cajón uses guitar strings which are tensioned to the back of the faceplate which mimics a snare drum-like effect for added percussive possibilities.
Finally, one major difference we noted about the overall changes in current model ukuleles were the beveled edge. Which was also seen across many brands as a new trend. its very sleek looking and a modern take on a classic shape.
(The image looks like a lighting line, but really it is a beveled edge on the left side of the uke)
After a quick lunch, our next stop was the Hal Leonard booth. Hal Leonard is the major publisher for what I would guess is approximately 75% of the market share of music books for all instruments.
As we approached the booth, staff was all equipped with their Green Bay Packers gear and they were installing a flat screen tv to watch the big game. Needless to say, Hal Leonard is based out of Wisconsin.
This year I noticed several new compilation books for piano that were Disney themed, or Jazz versions of Disney, amongst many other Jazz interpretations of anywhere from classical to movie themes. This may be the next trend in piano education, creating different arrangements from traditional. Of course, nothing is more fun than jazzing it up!
While we were browsing at the books here, we also got to see Stevie Wonder walk by! He visits NAMM every year, we never get to see him but always sort of hope I might come across him in one of the many rooms full of pianos.
The rest of our visit was spent looking at all the newest guitars, pianos, and more ukuleles (we still think Kala has the best). Lots of fun playing around with different instruments and seeing the different performers as we explored.
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