New Musical Instrument: The WalkaBout!

I’ve been teasing this idea on this blog for the last few months, and I can finally begin to talk about it—my good friend, Bob Kilpatrick, and I have co-designed a new musical instrument that we believe can shape how we make music in the future. It’s called the WalkaBout.

The patented WalkaBout is a strap-worn, guitar-shaped, fully-acoustic percussion instrument capable of replacing an entire drum set with quality sounds and a unique but surprisingly familiar feel.

WHAT MAKES THE WALKABOUT UNIQUE

  • Experiment with the patented WalkaBout and you’ll find an abundance of sounds, from subtle high and low bongo and djembe-type sounds to aggressive kick and snare sounds. This is because of the unique shape and proprietary internal bracing which amounts to a compact, mobile package that just feels right. Drummers can finally step out in front of their drum kits and move and interact with the rest of the band.
  • And our patent-pending Drum Dots—which quickly slip in and out of the WalkaBout due to our specially designed attachments and sound hole—provide even more sound and placement options, and we’ll be increasing this line of percussion accessories over time. For example, we’re developing a Snare, a Crash, Tambourine Jingle, and something we’re calling the Tic Tic. We believe that this makes the WalkaBout not only customizable but applicable to virtually any style or genre of music.
  • You can see that the WalkaBout can be played strap-mounted, providing unprecedented mobility to the percussionist. Standing, sitting, even dancing—You create your own playing style. Drummers and percussionists will find a new sense of freedom—both physically on stage and musically.
  • The patented WalkaBout has a proprietary internal bracing system which provides an abundance of sounds throughout the body. Make no mistake—this is not a guitar without the neck. This is a unique and extremely musical percussion instrument. No one has this.
  • We’ve teamed with the well-respected pickup company, L.R. Baggs, to provide a unique combination pickup and mic system to amplify the WalkaBout. This internally-mounted system captures both the beefy lows and sizzling highs present in your playing. We’ll have single and two-channel versions, to give you the option to send both signals separately to your sound tech to add separate EQ, compression, and effects.
  • We’ve found that everyone who has tried the WalkaBout inherently knows how to play it, regardless of skill level. The player’s hands intuitively drift to the sweet spots, and the player adopts their own unique style to play it. Even non-percussionists quickly grasp the musicality of the WalkaBout. It’s like magic.

SUMMARY

Check out the attached video. We believe the WalkaBout is a musical game changer. Drummers are finally set free to step up to the front of the stage. Bands finally have a legit way to add percussion to unplugged sets, open mic nights, smaller band venues, even jamming while camping or at the beach. And we’ve seen musicians use it for everything from Rock and Hip Hop to Latin and Americana. Simply put, the WalkaBout is inspired fun. Drummers—take a stand!

TO ORDER

The prices will range between $299 and $599, but if you pre-order you can save! We’re putting together a list of those who want to place a pre-order, which should begin in the next few weeks. If you’re interested, please contact me at manuel@manuelluz.com with your name and email address. I will add you to the list and will let you know when pre-orders are open, and also when our website is up and running. Note that adding you to the list doesn’t obligate you to purchase one, just lets you get more information later. And if you do decide to pre-order, you will SAVE!

[Note: The video shows the duo, Waiting For Sunday,  which features my good friend, Kent Peterson, and I.]

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