20 Small Musical Instruments for Travel (2022)

20 Small Musical Instruments for Travel (1)Are 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 …”

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Ukulele

  • Kala Ukulele, known for high-quality instruments, is the most recognized and sought after ukulele brand in the world.
  • Kala ukuleles are the instrument of choice for schools - more people learn to play on a Kala than any other ukulele brand. ncludes FREE online lessons, FREE Kala ukulele app with tuner, Kala logo tote bag, and How to Play Ukulele Quick Start Booklet
  • Kala ukuleles are played by some of the most renowned players around the world including: Twenty One Pilots, Vance Joy, and Zac Brown. Scale Length: 13.625 inches

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.

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Zelda Ocarina

  • ALL-IN-ONE: Comes with neck-strap cord,a music book,a display stand, and a protective bag
  • WELL-CRAFTED: Beautiful, accurate craftsmanship with tri-force symbol
  • GREAT MATERIAL: Made from kiln-fired ceramic with a beautiful and durable glaze

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.

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Melodica

  • Range of over two and one half full octaves for soprano or alto.
  • 32 keys starting with "F" below middle "C"
  • Ideal for beginners as well as professionals

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.

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Kalimba

  • Beautiful Sound, Different Kind Of Melody: This Product is Dedicated in Sound Quality - Bright, Perfect Echo and Delay.
  • Use Top Quality Instrument Wooden Material to Ensure Perfect Effect: [ Kalimba Body:Mahogany Tone Wood] + [ Keys: Carbon Steel ]
  • Professional 17 Keys, Playing coordination and rythmn together. A traditional instrument originated in Africa, even pluck it can make sweet sound.
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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.

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Harmonica

  • German craftsmanship provides superior response, bendability and tone
  • Precision molded plastic comb for unmatched comfort and durability
  • Recessed reed plates and airtight design for consistently excellent performance
  • Favorite among rock and country players as well as blues musicians

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.

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Recorder

  • ��PREMIUM QUALITY SET: Classic recorder. Durable and lightweight. The most complete set on Amazon.
  • ��EASY TO CLEAN: Comes with a cleaning cloth, wand and brush to ensure the care of your instrument.
  • ��COMPACT and TRAVEL FRIENDLY: Great to take on camping trips, road trips and even in your backpack to use during music classes or practice during recess.
  • ��LEARN MUSIC: Great starter instrument. Helps with development skills and teaches hand/eye coordination.

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.

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Mandolin

  • 8-string traditional A style Mandolin in glossy Sunburst finish
  • Maple top, back, sides and neck. Adjustable compensated Rosewood bridge
  • Adjustable Truss Rod inside the neck - wrench included
  • 20 silver nickel frets. Chrome plated open gear tuners and tailpiece

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.

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Panflute

  • 16 Tube Pan Flute for beginner,easy learning.
  • Key: C
  • Number of pipes: 16 pipes
  • Advantage: exellent pronunciation, easy learning
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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.

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Tiny Trumpet

  • Nickel plated Bb pocket trumpet with 7C mouthpiece
  • 0.46 inch bore and 3.75 inch bell, comfortable white faux mother of pearl inlaid buttons
  • Phosphorus copper used on lead mouth pipe (found on expensive trumpets) & smooth action valves
  • Includes: Cecilio 92-D chromatic tuner, case, bottle of valve oil, soft polishing cloth, & a pair of white gloves

Glockenspiel

The Glockenspiel is one of the most pure 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.

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Glockenspiel

  • 25 metal bars for a wide note range, perfectly tuned.
  • The plates are made of high quality aluminum alloy and steel alloy, durable and exquisite.
  • Plates are fixed on base stably, won't fall off or slide randomly.
  • You can also use the handles instead of heads of the plastic mallets to get a much softer sound for practicing.

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.

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Kids Accordion

  • Seventeen button design along with eight bass buttons and one air valve.
  • Help to develop the children's musical talent, improving their sense of rhythm.
  • This music toy is just the right size for young hands.
  • With an adjustable strap for easy carrying and protection.

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.

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Compact Digeridoo

  • At 8 1/2" tall and made of Mahogany, the Meinl Travel Didgeridoo is small in size but big in sound
  • An internal baffle directs air through a zigzag channel, turning it into an impressive drone note with harmonic overtones that enables the traditional Australian didgeridoo sound to be heard
  • Its compact design makes it the perfect instrument to take on the road or to the studio without taking up too much space
  • This instrument is also great for practice, self meditation, and useful as a tool to learn circular breathing

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?

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Mouth Harp

  • Master: Pavel Potkin one of the most famous Jew's Harp masters
  • Features: original quality, clear sound, easy to use tool, made in Altai
  • Material: brass, steel, array of cedar, leather cord
  • Size: 67x30x5 mm

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.

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Chinese Bamboo Flute

  • Especially suitable for beginner
  • This bass flute contributes to high durability and wonderful tone
  • The piccolo flute material : natural Bitter Bamboo (More than 3 Years Old)
  • The flute wooden is hand carved in China by the agile craftsmen who painstakingly took very long time to create this piece just for you

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.

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Melody Harp

  • PLAY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC INSTANTLY: Anyone can play the music maker regardless of experience! Simply slide a song sheet in the player and pluck the strings and you are a musician.
  • HANDMADE ARTISAN QUALITY: Made of ash and specially selected hardwoods. Because it is handmade, each Music Maker is unique. There is no other in the world exactly like it
  • INSTANTLY ENJOY THE MUSIC YOU CREATE: Includes 12 songs, pick, tuner and spare wire. Comes tuned for immediate enjoyment! A wide variety of additional song sheets are available
  • WONDERFUL FOR THERAPY AND TEACHING: In schools, nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers...and in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world the music maker is bringing joy

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.

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Concertina

  • Anglo-style concertina accordion.
  • 20 button keys, 40 reeds and 2.5 Octave Range.
  • Red Pearloid End Plates, ends Reinforcement.
  • Adjustable hand straps strap and with a bag for carrying.
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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.

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American Slide Whistle

  • Toy
  • Woodstock Percussion, Inc.

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. 😉

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Nose Flute

  • Export Use - Inspection and Refurbishment by Japanese Hand
  • Best Nose Flute - Compared with Made of Plastic, Sound is Bigger Volume, Timbre ans Softer.
  • Several Melodies - More than 2 Octave Range to Output
  • Rose Wood Material - Play Longger, Wood Taste Comes Out.

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.

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Kazoo

  • THE ORIGINAL BLUE KAZOO is ultralight weighing less than 0.8oz with canvas bag. It is corrosion resistant & easy disassembly for cleaning.
  • MADE FROM METAL Includes anodized aluminum-bodied Blue Kazoo, zippered natural canvas bag, carabiner, plus two (2) extra kazoo membranes.
  • PORTABLE, EASY TO CARRY with dimensions 1" x 4.75" (canvas bag 2" x 5.5"). Carabiner can we used to attach the canvas bag holding the Kazoo.
  • EASY TO PLAY Literally, the easiest instrument to play. Just hum (don't blow), and there's sound... or even music?

Exercise

Step 1: Carefully study the table of content of the books I linked to below. Create a list of vocabulary for each musical parameter in addition to my list above.

Check the table of content of the books about the following musical categories:

Step 2: Practice forming sentences using these words to describe music. By doing that you internalise the vocabulary and become fluent at describing music.

By Music Production|2018-12-21T18:33:20+00:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Gearology, instruments|

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FAQs

What is the best instrument for travel? ›

30 Of The Best Travel Friendly Instruments
  • 1) Ukelele. When you think of an instrument you can take with you while traveling, most people think of the Ukelele. ...
  • 2) Kalimba. ...
  • 3) Harmonica. ...
  • 4) Hang Drum. ...
  • 6) Mandolin. ...
  • 8) DJ Controller. ...
  • 13) Traveler Guitar Acoustic. ...
  • 15) Melodica.

What are the smallest musical instruments? ›

The smallest instrument ever created had to be made in a science lab it's so miniscule. It's called the nano harp. It's made out of a single piece of silicon and is around 140 atoms thick.

What is the top 10 easiest instrument to play? ›

The 10 easiest instruments to learn for kids and adults
  1. Ukulele. The ukulele is the ultimate instrument for kids and beginners of all ages. ...
  2. Recorder. Hundreds of years ago, the recorder was so popular that leading composers would write concertos for it. ...
  3. Electronic keyboard. ...
  4. Piano. ...
  5. Guitar. ...
  6. Drums. ...
  7. Bass guitar. ...
  8. Xylophone.
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What are portable instruments? ›

Portable equipment is electrical equipment that can easily be moved from one place to another while in operation or while connected to the supply.

What is the smallest instrument in the string family? ›

The violin is the smallest of the stringed instruments. Because of its small size, it has the highest voice in the orchestra. The viola looks pretty much like the violin, only bigger. Because of this, its voice is slightly lower.

What's the smallest instrument in an orchestra? ›

The smallest instrument in a traditional orchestra is the piccolo. A piccolo is a flute but is much smaller in size. The piccolo is higher in pitch than the flue. It plays notes an octave higher than they are written in a piece of music.

What is the smallest woodwind instrument? ›

Flute and Piccolo

The Piccolo is the smallest Woodwind instrument and makes the highest sound in the orchestra.

What instrument can I learn at 40? ›

These instruments will not only keep seniors busy at home, but they will also boost their physical and mental health.
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Here then are our best picks of the 10 easiest instruments to learn late in life and why they made it into our review:
  • Bass guitar.
  • Bongos. ...
  • Tambourine. ...
  • Ukulele. ...
  • Harmonica. ...
  • Fiddle. ...
  • Drums. ...
  • Recorder. ...
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What is the easiest instrument to learn at 50? ›

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  • The Best Instruments to Learn When You're Over 50 Years of Age:
  • EASY INSTRUMENTS: The Ukelele. The Harmonica. The Piano.
  • MORE DIFFICULT INSTRUMENTS: The Guitar. The Recorder/Tin Whistle. The Bongos/Drums.
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Is flute easy to learn? ›

Flute isn't hard to learn — like all the instruments, it just takes some practice. Many girls choose the flute, but boys can also play flute.

Is a musical instrument? ›

A musical instrument is a device created or adapted to make musical sounds. In principle, any object that produces sound can be considered a musical instrument—it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument. A person who plays a musical instrument is known as an instrumentalist.

What is the loudest instrument? ›

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the loudest (and largest) instrument in the world is the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ. This pipe organ was built by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company, and is housed in the Main Auditorium of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

What is smaller than a violin? ›

The smallest viola is, in fact, much smaller than a full-sized violin at just 30 centimetres (12 inches) long. These small violas are ideal for beginner students and children.

What is a small cello called? ›

Size -Violin Viola Cello Bass

Most people can recognize each instrument based on their sizes. Bass is the biggest, then cello, then viola, and finally violin. Viola is slightly bigger than the violin and looks exactly the same despite the subtle size difference.

What is the smallest brass instrument? ›

1. Cornet – universally popular. Maybe it's because the cornet is the smallest of the traditional brass instruments, but one thing is clear: it is the most played instrument among brass musicians.

What musical instrument should I learn? ›

Which Instrument Should I Learn?
Piano/Keyboard
Saxophone
9 years +Easy to play instrument. Heavier that a clarinet, can be loud and overpowering – great for outgoing personalities. Reed instrument, popular in bands. Four types:- Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone. Alto is most popular for beginner.
Trumpet
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Why musical instruments are important? ›

Improving your memory: learning a musical instrument isn't just about learning a new skill or building up your artistic repertoire, learning an instrument is also really good for improving key cognitive functions such as your memory.

What is a Traveller guitar? ›

Travel guitars are small guitars with a full or nearly full scale-length. In contrast, a reduced scale-length is typical for guitars intended for children, which have scale-lengths of one-quarter (ukulele guitar, or guitalele), one-half, and three-quarter.

Is there a portable guitar? ›

All travel guitars are portable and all the guitars are great to play; but all excel in different ways. For example, some are going to be better for gigging with, while others are great for practice with headphones. So consider what you need from a travel guitar; do you want an acoustic or electric guitar?

What size guitar is a travel guitar? ›

3/4 guitars are sometimes considered travel guitars, as they are smaller than regular guitars, but they are not necessarily classified as travel guitars. There is no singular definition of the term 'travel guitar'. Some people refer to 3/4 guitars as travel guitars, some say 1/2 size guitars are travel, guitars.

Are ocarinas real instruments? ›

The ocarina is a wind musical instrument; it is a type of vessel flute. Variations exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body.

How small is a travel guitar? ›

A guitar like the Baby Taylor is ¾ the size of a traditional acoustic guitar. This means it's a lot easier to hold for someone that is not used to the shape and feel of a guitar.

How long is a travel guitar? ›

Most acoustic travel guitars are around 30-40 in long ( 76-100cm). As you will see, this is significantly larger than many of the silent electric/acoustics you need to plug into headphones to hear. These guitars allow you to play in silence. They come at a smaller size but they don't look or feel like an acoustic.

How do you travel with a travel guitar? ›

Bring your guitar as standard carry-on luggage if it fits in an overhead bin. Sec. 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 permits passengers to carry a guitar or another instrument in a plane's cabin instead of a carry-on bag, as long as it will fit in normal luggage storage bins.

Are travel guitars good for beginners? ›

Answer: Yes, they are perfect for beginners! Travel guitars make ideal starting instruments as their smaller size makes them generally easier to navigate when starting out. They are often much less complicated than their full-sized counterparts and are therefore easier to play.

Are travel guitars hard to play? ›

Are Travel Guitars Easier to Play? Not only are travel guitars easier to store and travel with, many guitarists find that they are easier to play. Typically, this results again from the smaller size of the guitar and neck. Many guitarists find that these factors make previously complicated chords a lot easier to play.

When was my traveler guitar made? ›

Using tuning machines from an old acoustic guitar, spare conduit left over from a home improvement project, and wood salvaged from a discarded bar top, inventor Leon Cox conceived and built the very first Traveler Guitar (pictured below) in his garage workshop in Redlands, California in October of 1992.

What's a small guitar called? ›

A guitalele (sometimes spelled guitarlele or guilele), also called a ukitar, or kīkū, is a guitar-ukulele hybrid, that is, "a 1/4 size" guitar, a cross between a classical guitar and a tenor or baritone ukulele.

What is the smallest guitar? ›

Guitar sizes – The Smallest: Ukulele

The ukulele is a small Hawaiian guitar with four strings. It's the smallest guitar you're likely to encounter.

What is a small 4 string guitar called? ›

The tenor guitar or four-string guitar is a slightly smaller, four-string relative of the steel-string acoustic guitar or electric guitar. The instrument was initially developed in its acoustic form by Gibson and C.F. Martin so that players of the four-string tenor banjo could double on guitar.

What is a potato flute called? ›

ocarina, (Italian: “little goose”, ) also called Sweet Potato, globular flute, a late 19th-century musical development of traditional Italian carnival whistles of earthenware, often bird-shaped and sounding only one or two notes.

How do you play the 4 hole ocarina? ›

Ocarina Tutorial: How to play the Basic Scale (4 and 6 Hole) - YouTube

How do you make a ceramic ocarina? ›

DIY Ocarina of Time! TKOR Explores How To Make An Ocarina! - YouTube

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