Musical Instruments for the BOB (pic heavy)

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Re: Musical Instruments for the BOB (pic heavy)

Post by JohnnyMayhem » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:16 pm

yeah too bad I can't play mine worth a shit though.

And you can make one out of PVC pipe as well.

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Post by Joopson » Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:17 am

I would bring a nice student flute. It doesn't weigh much, and it can play around 3 octaves. Its worth its weight, I think.
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Post by Ufdyixcaff » Sun Jul 20, 2008 1:00 am

My flute is made of thick walled bamboo and doubles a club. Very handy.

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Post by Psyko5616 » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:59 am

I have a harmonica that I can barely play in my BOB, I love that this thread exists! I am definately getting a thumb piano to replace the harmonica cuz thats...I've seen some beautiful videos on youtube. I've wondered about portable compact guitars, like...collapsable. I understand it would require tuning everytime and have to do without a resonance chamber, but you could adlib a chamber from a coconut or hollowed out chunk of wood, just a neck with strings that folds up as long as you have an ear for tuning.

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Post by Enter_Narne » Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:59 pm

Got another one: The Pan Flute.

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Post by Tactical Badger » Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:00 pm

I got one too. Overtone Flute. Simple. Durable.

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Post by Tonto » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:24 pm

dehydrated refried beans.... you can be a trumpet later in the day and not even expel any energy or the hassle of carrying around extra weight.

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Post by Tactical Badger » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:29 am

Tonto...you sad, sad little man.... :lol:

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Post by elricfate » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:33 am

I need a good quality, but not super expensive, harmonica. I've been wanting to learn to play it for years.
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Post by Dr. Quickdraw McGraw » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:57 am

Psyko5616 wrote:I've wondered about portable compact guitars, like...collapsable.

I think you would be better of with a good Uke... Not sure but I think that you can get Carbon Fiber models and they use nylon strings. It would be pretty weather proof and would probably be a lot smaller that any kind of break apart guitar.

most travel guitars are still huge:
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where as a uke is pretty compact:

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and it can sound really cool:

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clearly its to big for a BOB but it could pack well on the back of an INCH
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Post by Slugg » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:39 am

is it difficult to learn the ocarina or the harmonica? im gona learn one soon. Im assuming they are like 15$ do just local music stores carry ocarinas or do you need to order them online
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Post by elricfate » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:42 am

Slugg wrote:is it difficult to learn the ocarina or the harmonica? im gona learn one soon. Im assuming they are like 15$ do just local music stores carry ocarinas or do you need to order them online
I assume it's like every other instrument. Just takes time and practice.

I just wish someone had a source for good quality, less expensive (under $30) harmonicas.
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Post by snapperhead » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:21 am

I just ordered a Xaphoon Pocket Sax. I'm sure there's a learning curve but I just love the way it sounds.

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Post by Loquinho » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:11 am

I'm currently trying to learn the harmonica. As for the question of how hard it is, that's completely dependent on what you're wanting to learn. Once you figure out how to put the thing in your mouth correctly, playing basic melodies is just a matter of what notes to hit. That, I would say, is the easy part, and just takes the practice to remember what order notes to hit to get the melody. That would be sufficient for a campfire instrument.

What I'm trying to do is to learn how to play the soul of a harmonica. One of the great things about the instrument is that it has the ability to express so much emotion, and learning that involves learning a lot of techniques beyond just playing melodies. When I get this, I'll be able (hopefully), to jam with other people on other instruments, in everything from blues to country. part of what I'm trying to learn involves a lot of music theory I'm not familiar with, so that will take some time.

As for the price, yes it's too bad that most cost about $30, but most of the $30 harmonicas are the same ones professional players use, so it's actually a good investment. It's one of the only instruments I've found where $30 gets you a professional model, and the instrument will grow with you.

FYI, I have a Hohner Special 20 in C. This is an excellent first harmonica, from what I've read and experienced.
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Post by GeneralDiscontent » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:58 pm

I've found this book is great to give you a quick 'n dirty background for the harmonica. It's out of print now, but Amazon has plenty of used ones (don't know if I'd use the included harmonica with a used one, though... :cry: )
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Post by MonsterZero » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:35 pm

I've learned to play the clarinet, the ocarina, and the harmonica. The clarinet was the easiest to get going, the ocarina a close second, and the harmonica...we won't go there. An ocarina like mine will cost you a pretty penny (around $40-60+). They're not terribly common in most stores. I posted the link to where I got mine, and I like it. Sounds pretty good, pretty easy to learn, and comes with a bunch of Zelda songs. It's also really easy to write your own songs, or to improvise.
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Post by DryGrain » Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:47 am

If bugging out by vehicle my banjo is coming with me. And you better believe I'll be on the roof playing it when the zombies show up.
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Post by 5.56 SS109 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:33 pm

If society just crapped out and I have to live in the woods and eat freeze dried food the last thing I wanna hear is someone twanging with a jaw harp.

That's how mofos get caps busted in them :lol:


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Post by Uncle Charlie » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:05 am

I second the ocarina. Mine is a 6-hole from Dragon. -link- It's a little heavy for its size, but because it's small it's not bad overall. I love it.

Around the house we also have a few plastic ocarinas from Bear Paw. -link- We got a bulk discount on some (minus the silly paint kits) for Christmas gifts a while back and ended up with a few leftovers. They don't sound as clean as the ceramic type, but they'll hold up to abuse from an energetic toddler and the fingering is mostly compatible so you don't have to learn it twice. And they weigh almost nothing.

I also have a Zelda-style ocarina. Mostly I got it for variety and cross-training. The sweet potato's fingering is somewhat redundant and focuses effort on weak fingers, so I prefer the pendant style. But it makes a nice sound.
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Post by Psyko5616 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:41 pm

5.56 SS109 wrote:

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Post by SpecialPatrolGroup » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:33 pm

snapperhead wrote:I just ordered a Xaphoon Pocket Sax. I'm sure there's a learning curve but I just love the way it sounds.
Want! I played alto sax at school. Easy enough to get started, tricky to master, but the Xaphoon does not have all the complicated valving a sax does. I could never wrap my head around all the notes. But this looks more like a clarinet then a sax, very cool. Don't forget to pack extra reeds and something to keep them clean with.

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Post by 111t » Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:52 pm

5.56 SS109 wrote:If society just crapped out and I have to live in the woods and eat freeze dried food the last thing I wanna hear is someone twanging with a jaw harp.

That's how mofos get caps busted in them :lol:


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Post by gart43 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:35 pm

elricfate wrote:
Slugg wrote:is it difficult to learn the ocarina or the harmonica? im gona learn one soon. Im assuming they are like 15$ do just local music stores carry ocarinas or do you need to order them online
I assume it's like every other instrument. Just takes time and practice.

I just wish someone had a source for good quality, less expensive (under $30) harmonicas.
I got mine from a music store near me for less than $15 dude. But maybe our areas just differ, where are you buying? Online?
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Post by elricfate » Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:11 am

Yea, I found some really nice quality ones on eBay.
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