Is it useful to carry music instruments with you? Well, the answer is pretty simple as it totally depends on you dear nomad.
It is a very good way to spend time while waiting a hitchhiking lift, or when waking up on your private natural beach. If you are good, or good enough, you can make money on the way while busking. If you play music, you can put a board 'looking for a host' and try some spontaneous hospitality. Nevertheless this will work without music instrument as well!
Of course, depending on the maximum weight you want to carry, one or two instruments can be too much. You should ask yourself what added value the instrument will bring to your trip?
Anyway you can try it and if you get bored, you can always make another happy person when giving it away :)
Don't forget to print tabs and tutorials on paper!
Good nomad instruments
- The Harmonica, especially the 'diatonic' ones as opposed to the 'chromatic', is a solid and small instrument to give a bluesy touch to your adventures in the desert. It costs around $20 or less to have a good sounding one. Most tutorials and tabs are on a C-key so you might want to go for one in this key. A good basic one is the 'Hohner Silverstar'. Any other harmonica suggestions?
- The Jew's harp, jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, trump, or juice harp is one of the oldest instruments of the world. It is very light and small, cheap ($5-10 for basic ones), simple and can be a lot of fun.
- The Ukulele is the baby version of the guitar with 4 strings, easy to carry, quick to learn, and it's perfetct to go with your beautiful voice. You can get a good one for $50-100. This is perfect for beach sessions in paradise islands like Vanuatu!
- The Melodica a cool sounding cheap instrument, looking like a tiny plastic piano in which you can blow. You can have a lot of fun with this one.
- The Thumb Piano, small, cheap, exotic. It's really easy to play something that sounds nice with this instrument.