New instrument puzzle

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by ultrabot90, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Probably the first non-guitar-related post.

    Tell me of an instrument which is in demand in classical ensembles/contemporary bands (like bassists = everyone wants them, but there are too few of them, i.e. big demand, small supply. The reason why bass or drum isn't the answer is ->) AND is portable (portable = playable anywhere, no electricity required, lightweight, small enough to fit a bag, etc).

    So far I got (wherever I write 'in demand', it means 'wanted in ensembles')
    -Chromatic harmonica (not too much in demand, but very very portable)
    -Concert flute (a little more in demand than harmonica perhaps, but not *that* portable)
    -Violin (it's got great demand AND supply...so meh. And while it's very much smaller and lighter than a guitar, it's got to be toted in a case, an extra piece of luggage if I happen to need to carry my guitar along with me, which is all the time.)
    -Melodica (portable, not in demand)
    etc. Nothing perfect so far. Suggest pliz?

    Thanks.
     
  2. flood

    flood New Member

    4 d struggling musician MOST IMPORTANT instrument iz d MONETARY INSTRUMENT!
     
  3. flood

    flood New Member

    heavily in demand in recent times: synth/sampler/electronica but don't even think about doing that without a MIDI keyboard with a control area (assignable knobs, faders, encoders). it's like dry humping, seriously.

    in other news: i am guilty of this too - but why don't you simply pick up something you like and just give it a shot without looking for a perfect outcome beforehand? i don't think there's a point in extensive meditation and planning with stuff like this; these things usually work out a lot more differently than envisioned.

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    In other words:

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  4. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    I saw a bass harmonica this morning, but I doubt if ANYONE wants that to do bass in their band XD

    Check it out, it can even do stuff like a funk bass, lol.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUxVCHuHS9c

    I'm a classical guy...no electronic for me, not for a long long time. I won't even be tempted, because I simply don't have the gear nor the money to support it, so it's best to focus on what I do have (traditional - one acoustic and one electric - instruments), and what I always wanted to do - perform. :D
     
  5. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    I think the tambourine is definitely underrated. Take your useless discussion to the "Misc Musical Instruments" section.

    A ukelele or didgeridoo? Although I think the best choice is a cello. But that's very expensive.
     
  6. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    ^No one replies in the other forums...apart from t3h no0bs.

    I'd love a cello too. Definitely one of my fav instruments.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPY7xL1JItQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E

    I guess it's a futile search as far as such an instrument goes (as thehundredthone aptly said).
    I narrowed down my options to violin and vocal training; I'm least interested in singing of any kind, but I want pitch perfection, and I want to be able to sight-sing so I can compose music where-the-hell-ever I want. And I feel both violin and vocal will build those skills (though vocal seems to do that more directly so than violin).

    Hard choice >.<
     
  7. guitardoctor

    guitardoctor Will Rx for food

    What's wrong with a harmonica? Great instrument, innit? Lots of improv fun and practical too... I dunno about the in-demand factor but it seems like a natural movement from guitar to a blues harp, no?
     
  8. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    ^Nvm that, I decided to learn vocals - to aid composition and become pitch perfect. And I suppose it's the cheapest and most portable instrument too =|

    Any idea of a shop which stocks accordions/bayans?
     

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