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Old 10-25-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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I play keyboard instruments but I'm thinking about picking up a woodwind instrument or maybe the guitar so that I can play something aboard that doesn't require electricity.

What sort of instruments do experienced cruisers find easy to keep and use while cruising?

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Old 10-26-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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On a flea marked we saw a half size guitar and bought it for €5, new strings for €15 and now we have alot of fun!

Much more convenient than having a full size western guitar in a hard case on board of a 32ft boat.

Then I love (irish) tin whistles... but some fellow sailors believe that whisteling on a sailboat is bringing bad luck : sudden storm, freak waves, running aground, fog, sinking, never ending calms, mast coming down, mob,... or all that together.

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Bagpipes. I think they're cool.
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Yes, I heard those pipes can can even scare the barnacles right off the prop too, as well as the pirates.

I myself keep a guitar and a harmonica aboard, for dis-chord and dat-chord..

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I just learned that you can purchase entire SETS of harmonicas--one for each key it seems. Another sailor has a box set of them to play.
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Bagpipes. I think they're cool.
Very nice!

and playing a tune for everyone on the anchorage or in the marina right at sunset!

Or a trumpet played at sunset. Very traditional. Reminds everyone to take down his national flag for the night (a tradition still done especially in northern european waters).

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Brenda,

Depending on whether you want to go the diatonic or chromatic route (diatonic are 10 holes, tuned to a key in what is called the Richter scale and chromatics are tuned to a Key for the chords present in solo tuning usually and have all notes present). If you are ever looking for some let me know. I work on them and know more then a few dealers out your way as the harp world is a small one.

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I will incline to using a guitar. It is always a lot of fun when you all gather around for some fun making up guitar music.
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Guitar has the advantage of being a familiar chord playing instrument, making it great for singing around a cockpit, campfire, bar table.... and lots of people can take turns playing.

Bagpipes, pennywhistles and a whole slew of single note instruments do not have that going.
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How about a harmonium? Perfect for a keyboard player and very portable. A harmonium sounds a bit like a small organ and has a manual bellow. It's about the size of a suitcase and no electricity needed. Awesome for sing-a-longs.

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A neighboring boat here has a guitar. So, I'm getting some time with it to see if that's what I'd like. My natural tendency is still towards something like a flute, recorder or such though.

That harmonium looks good for sing-alongs but not for just playing, me thinks.
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Melodica might be of interest as it is a wind driven keyboard. If I remember correctly, it will also play chords.
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I agree, with a guitar anybody can relate when it comes to chords, you can compose s song in no time
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I keep a diatonic concertina aboard and the wife plays her accordian on the boat.
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