20 Small Musical Instruments for Travel <50$

small musical instruments for travelAre you dreaming of a traveling the world, visiting far away countries and magical beaches? Yeah, me too! If you are like me, you probably don’t want to be disconnected from music for too long. How can we solve this dilemma? Small musical instruments that fit in your handbag? Perfect idea! Imagine, you sit on the beach with new and old friends sipping a Piña Colada. You reach for your backpack and forth comes a …

Ukulele 

The ukulele is probably the most common small musical instrument for travel. It’s good for accompanying your voice in songs and it just gives you the summer vibes, “somewhere over the rainbow …”

Difficulty 70%
Romance 80%
Lol 60%
Wow 30%
Swag 20%
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Zelda Ocarina 

Are you a Zelda fan? I am a Zelda fan! This instrument has potentially a high wow factor if you have nerdy friends. You’d impress me pulling a ocarina out of your pocket on the beach, for sure.

Difficulty 30%
Romance 40%
Lol 80%
Wow 90%
Swag 20%
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Melodica

The melodica clearly isn’t the most romantic out there, but it’s a great melody instrument for solos. I’ve seen a couple of jazz musicians improvising recklessly on a melodica and since then I see this instrument in a different light.

Difficulty 60%
Romance 20%
Lol 60%
Wow 40%
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Kalimba

The thumb piano or kalimba is beautiful sounding instrument, perfect for the dreamy mood on a summer beach night. It’s easy to learn so give it a try.

Difficulty 20%
Romance 80%
Lol 30%
Wow 70%
Swag 20%
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Harmonica 

The instrument of the lone wolf, the harmonica, sets a melancholic mood and if you are into that a romantic vibe of untouched wilderness. It’s easy to learn the basics but mastering it can be quite tricky.

Difficulty 50%
Romance 80%
Lol 30%
Wow 50%
Swag 80%
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Recorder 

The recorder? That’s a children instrument! We all remember our first recorder lesson in first grade but don’t let that make you underestimate this instrument. I once wrote a composition for a virtuoso recorder player who truly brought this sound to the next level.

Difficulty 40%
Romance 50%
Lol 50%
Wow 40%
Swag 40%
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Mandolin

The mandolin, probably the most suave instrument on this list. Not as easy to learn but definitely worth it if you want to get the extra wow responds on your travels.

Difficulty 80%
Romance 80%
Lol 30%
Wow 70%
Swag 90%
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Pan Flute

Pocahontas loved it: The pan flute. The earthy dreamy sound of the pan flute sets the perfect mood for a campfire get-together. Not difficult to learn and light on the pocket.

Difficulty 20%
Romance 80%
Lol 30%
Wow 70%
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Tiny Trumpet

You have my respect if you actually pull this one off. Carrying around a tiny trumpet and actually mastering it isn’t something we see every day. It’s not cheap but if you are serious about it, surely worth the investment.

Difficulty 90%
Romance 20%
Lol 70%
Wow 70%
Swag 90%
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Glockenspiel

The Glockenspiel is one of the purest and heavenly instruments I know of. If you are into that kind of vibe you might want to acquire a Glockenspiel for your next holiday trip.

Difficulty 20%
Romance 90%
Lol 30%
Wow 70%
Swag 30%
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Kids Accordion

Kids instruments are actually cool, ok? At a certain point childish things go full circle and become hip again. That’s the case with this lovely instrument which brings you lots of lols and wows.

Difficulty 50%
Romance 70%
Lol 50%
Wow 70%
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Compact Digeridoo

Be honest. You didn’t even know a compact didgeridoo existed before this now, did you? How cool is that? Maybe not the most romantic small musical instrument but it puts you in trance and only god knows what happens then.

Difficulty 70%
Romance 40%
Lol 70%
Wow 70%
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Mouth Harp

It’s just fun to play the mouth harp and it fits in your pocket! You don’t even need a bag. Maybe you can’t entertain people with it for more than half an hour but well … did I mention it’s very cheap?

Difficulty 20%
Romance 10%
Lol 90%
Wow 50%
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Chinese Bamboo Flute

If you are into Asia and exotic sounds, then the bamboo flute is probably your pick. If you wear a Kimono you get extra points.

Difficulty 70%
Romance 80%
Lol 30%
Wow 50%
Swag 40%
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Melody Harp

The heavenly harp does have a smaller sister, the melody harp. Perfect for on the road, this instrument is portable and fun to play.

Difficulty 50%
Romance 80%
Lol 30%
Wow 60%
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Concertina

A deep genuine glance into the eyes and a tune on a concertina, what more could a lover ask for? This small musical instrument is part of the free reed family like the accordion but it gives you extra points for rarity and tradition.

Difficulty 60%
Romance 90%
Lol 50%
Wow 60%
Swag 60%
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American Slide Whistle

Another instrument for the lols. The American slide whistle probably won’t land you a date but it’s portable, cheap and pretty pretty hilarious.

Difficulty 50%
Romance 20%
Lol 90%
Wow 80%
Swag 40%
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Nose Flute

If you are not really musical but you still want to contribute to the fireside jamsession, maybe the nose flute is your pick. Please don’t mention you got this idea from me. 😉

Difficulty 30%
Romance 10%
Lol 100%
Wow 50%
Swag 20%
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Kazoo

The last small musical instrument for today is the easy to learn kazoo. It’s often used by comedians due to it’s funny sound.

Difficulty 20%
Romance 10%
Lol 90%
Wow 30%
Swag 20%
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By | 2017-12-13T12:51:18+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Gearology, instruments|0 Comments

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Who is writing? Dario, a german-born internet citizen, professional music producer, composer, teacher, blogger and internet entrepreneur who likes to help you become a well rounded music producer!

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