For better or worse, I have recently found myself with a lot more time alone. Over the years I have been a dabbler with various musical instruments, but have never committed to one. I decided that it might be a good use of my time to pick an instrument and work on it for the rest of the summer.
The complicating factor is that I have a disability such that I have three fingers on my left hand and zero on the right (like so
), and my right arm is significantly shorter than the left. I have normal strength and dexterity, and relatively good dexterity in my legs and feet.
I have had success with some instruments in the past (trombone, trumpet, harmonica), but I really want to play something that I can rock out and sing along with. At this point I'm mostly looking for something that I can play rock/pop songs with, and which I can sing along with. I'll be doing this alone for now, but wouldn't rule out playing with others in the future. I don't want to use any adaptive equipment for now.
I have experimented with a number of instruments in the past, but before I commit to anything, I thought I'd solicit some advice from the hivemind. Here are instruments I've tried before, to give you a sense of my capabilities:
- Trombone. Played for years. Easy for me, fun, but can't sing along.
- Trumpet. Worked pretty well, but a little difficult to balance on my shoulder while playing.
- Harmonica/melodica. These are fun too! But again, no singing.
- Theremin. Reasonably accessible, although the fact that my right arm is shorter than my left makes it difficult to control the volume. Not really a fun-time jam instrument, though. Also, it's pretty much impossible to find instructors if I really want to get better.
- Thumb pianos. I've played with some very small, toy ones. I think they're fun, but seem limited.
- Keyboard. Works pretty well. I can hit 4 keys at a time with reasonable speed and accuracy, but obviously two-handed playing is out of the question.
- Ukulele. This would be great, but practically I haven't been able to make it work well. I could fret with my left hand, and possibly strum with my right arm, but the angles just don't work out very well.
- iPad. There are a lot of great music apps for the iPad. But I sit and stare at glowing rectangles all day, and really like interacting with some kind of physical device.
Thanks for your help!