Piano substitute for a traveller?
August 25, 2012 2:49 PM Subscribe
What portable, acoustic instrument is easiest for a keyboard player to pick up?
posted by doiheartwentyone to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have played the piano since ever, but never really got any good with anything else. I would love to be able to take an instrument travelling but I am too old to pick up significant new muscle memory (read: really very lazy.)
So I'm looking for something that fits these criteria
1. Portable (let's say of hand luggage dimensions)
2. Entirely human powered
3. Capable of producing an actual tune
4. Some decent selection of notes (see 3.) can be produced with a single hand, no feet, breath, forearms, elbows, requirement for other hand to be in motion in a particular way, etc.
Being able to produce more notes or some kind of a drone using up to 2 hands would be nice. I guess guitar-like instruments kind of fit these criteria but I can only play guitar if I ignore 5 of the strings, which leaves a fairly unsatisfying instrument.
So far I have... dulcimer? glockenspiel?