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Old 07-20-2008, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can you recommend small instruments for camping

Hi, this is my first post. I joined this forum specifically to ask for help with the following.

I'm trying to find small instruments that can be taken along while camping.

I don't really care how exotic the instrument is, as long as it meets the following criteria.

-Must be smaller and weigh less than a set of standard playing cards.
-Must have very few or no moving parts.
-Must be able to play several notes.
-Needs no batteries or electricity.

Instruments I'm considering:
-Harmonica
-Jaw Harp (aka Jews Harp, Mouth Harp)
-Kazoo
-Kou Xiang (aka Kouxian)
-Nose Flute (aka Nose Whistle, Humanitone)
-Pendant Ocarina
-Pan Flute: Some can be as small as a pack of cards
-Slide Whistle
-Thumb Piano (aka Kalimba, Mbira): Some can be as small as a pack of cards
-Tin Whistle

Can you add to this list?

I would really like to find an instrument that sounds like a guitar, yet still fits the criteria above.

Or can you suggest instruments that can be made from simple items while camping.

Examples:
-Drum = pot, pan, water bottle, hollow log, etc.
-Recorder = hollow stick with finger holes
-Xylophone = several sticks or rocks lined up and struck with a stick to create tones.
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1/30 scale Fender Stratocaster, complete with 1/30 scale Peavey amp. Beats the rest of the shit out there...

EDIT: And a 1/60 scale wind-up electric generator.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1/30 scale Fender Stratocaster, complete with 1/30 scale Peavey amp. Beats the rest of the shit out there...

EDIT: And a 1/60 scale wind-up electric generator.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for your suggestion Lucifer Sam? Have you tried this set up while camping?
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah I doubt you're going to be able to find an instrument that sounds like the guitar that can play several notes but is smaller than a deck of cards.
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Only two instruments needed when camping- A penknife and your knob..................Oh come on someone had to say it.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok. Is there anyone on MusicBanter: "The Internet's Top Music Community" that can offer a constructive suggestion for any small instruments that fit what I'm looking for?
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd personally go with a harmonica.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Can't get on quite that small, but a djembe (sp?) or conga drum would be great. Otherwise Harmonica is the best as SJ suggested or maybe a two piece piccolo.
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you could always practice beatboxing
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