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Old 07-21-2008, 07:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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On the topic of a small instrument that sounds like a guitar. I tried researching what makes a guitar sound like a guitar. From what I've read, please correct me if I'm wrong, a string is plucked, causing it to vibrate, this in turn resonates in a chamber. Different tones are achieved by pressing on the string to effectively shorten it and the wavelength of its vibrations. Add a few more strings and you can play many more notes.

So I started researching rudimentary instruments that use a string(s). These include the cigar box guitar, the strumstick, the musical bow. The musical bow is the one that comes the closest to what I'm looking for. But, I wonder if it can be made even more simple or smaller than a string stretched on a flexible stick.

Has anyone here ever seen someone attach a string to their shoe and then attach the other end of the string to a mouthpiece and then inserted the mouthpiece into their mouth? The mouthpiece would allow for the musician to adjust the shape of his/her mouth to change the sound of the vibrating string. In effect, the musician's mouth becomes the resonance chamber and the rest of their body becomes the neck of a "guitar."
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Maybe Boo Boo might know? He had a thread a while back about unconventional instruments... drop him a PM.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't think theres such a thing as a guitar smaller than a deck of cards.

But if you're looking for a smaller instrument similar to the guitar you could go for a Mandolin or Ukelele, I'm sure you can find one at your nearest pawn shop.

Or you could get a lap harp.



It's a folk instrument, a modernized version of a Psaltery, which is an ancient Zither that was popular in Medieval Europe . I got one for Christmas, it has a very nice sound and it's extremely easy to play, and cheap too.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks for getting back to me so fast boo boo. I'm looking into your suggestions. Thanks
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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If you don't mind going larger, Ukulele's are nice.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I usually just bang on pans with drumsticks.

But then again, I'm a Neanderthal.
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