Simplifying Traditional Instruments

Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Dulcimers & Mandolins

Fretting any of these instruments with one’s fingers to produce chords is extremely difficult. Now there is an easy, comfortable, “instant success” alternative. Using the GUITAR BARRE or DULCIMER BARRE, in combination with “open tunings” (easy re-tuning with chromatic electronic tuners) anyone can be playing perfect, beautiful sounding chords after their first practice session.

Please refer to our Level I & II Books/DVD’s, Guitar Simplified for Everyone, and our other Book, Dulcimer Simplified for Everyone. Click on the link below for more information:

www.GuitarSimplified.com

Keyboards

Keyboards are always a great addition to any improvisational music session, especially in the Key of C, since it is easy to just “play” among the white notes and produce perfect harmonizing sounds. They are also great instruments, in conjunction with our “Keyboard Harmonizer“, to “Unlock the Key” of any music being listened to, i.e., figure out the Key it is in so one can improvise along with the music. For more information, please refer to, in the Musical Books section, the Keyboard and “Key Unlocking” Simplified Beginners Guide.

Wind Instruments

The perfect beginning instrument for very young children is the harmonica. They typically come in a particular Key, like the Key of C children’s harmonica we offer for sale. Just blow away, as the heart desires, and beautiful music is created, alone, or along with others playing in the same Key.

Another nice instrument, available in one Key at a time versions, is the Pennywhistle – start out with a Key of C version. It’s more difficult to play than a harmonica certainly, but with a little practice, you will be able to join right in on any Key of C jamming.

 FREENOTES “Wing” Instruments

We highly recommend you check out these beautiful, amazingly resonate, pentatonic and diatonic (one Key) instruments. Their soothing sustained tones are the perfect addition to any improv session, and played alone they are magical. By the way, one of the advantages of having a pentatonic (5 tone) instrument is that it can actually be used to improvise along with music in any of 3 diatonic (7 tone) Keys. For example, the Freenotes G Wing is suitable for improvising along with music in the Keys of C, G and D. For more information on the Freenotes instruments, please click on the link below:

www.freenotes.net

Other Easy Diatonic (one Key at a time) Instruments

Orff Instruments – a wide variety of metal and wood bar instruments, easily arrangeable in any one of 3 Keys – C, F and G.

Jumbie Jam Steel Drums – beautiful, small, easy to play, Key of G. See:

www.panyard.com

Autoharps

www.daigleharp.com