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Top 10 Travel Instruments - Take Your Music with You This Summer

Top 10 Summer Instruments for Travelling
Top 10 Summer Instruments
Summer Instruments

Summer is here and suitcases are being packed even as we write this title. As a musician, you don't want to miss a single opportunity to perform, so we've collected the top 10 portable instruments you can take with you on your journey.

We love summer! The beach. The country. The open road. It’s the promise of relaxation for some, and the thrill of adventure for others.

But as musicians, no matter where our journey takes us, we still yearn to make music. A week away from a favourite instrument is enough to make anyone pine for home.

Therefore, we’ve put together this handy guide of the top 10 instruments you can take with you on your travels. Whether it’s a ukulele you can stash in your rucksack, a compact cajon for an impromptu busking session, or a battery-powered keyboard for songwriting on the move; we’ve got you covered.

So, grab your sunscreen, doth your fedora, and pack your preferred instrument of choice for the ultimate summer holiday 2019.

Ukulele by Gear4music, Pink

1. Ukulele

Nothing says travel like a ukulele. Super easy to play and compact enough to fit in almost any bag, the uke is the ultimate go-anywhere acoustic instrument. Whether you’re heading to a festival, busking on the street, or relaxing on the beach, check out our range of ukuleles and bring your music with you.

Shop now | Ukeleles at Gear4music

2. Travel Guitar

Campfire? Marshmallows? Beach? What’s missing from this scene? Ah yes, an acoustic guitar! We’ve got a great selection of portable acoustic guitars that give a full-size sound, despite their compact dimensions.

For those who want the ultimate portability, the Martin Steel String Backpacker is the perfect solution, while the Hartwood Renaissance Travel Guitar offers the look of a full-size instrument, just reduced in size to take with you on the road.

Martin Steel String Backpacker Guitar & Gigbag
Hartwood Renaissance Travel Guitar

Shop now | Acoustic Travel Guitars

3. Cajon / Percussion

The cajon is the perfect ‘one-box’ solution for drummers on the move (pun very much intended). With built-in snare wires and a variety of percussive tones, the cajon can recreate the sounds of a drum kit when you’re on the move.

The WHD Travel Cajon provides traditional cajon sounds in a super portable package, while the bopbox cardboard cajon by Gear4music offers flat-packed perfection for travelling percussionists.

WHD Travel Cajon, Teak
bopbox Cajon by Gear4music
Meinl Percussion Cajon Drum Set
DDrum SE Flyer 4pc Shell Pack, Blue Pearl

For those with a little more luggage space, check out the Meinl Percussion Cajon Drum Set – it’s the ultimate street performance setup. Got even more room in your suitcase? Hit the local festivals and coffee house gigs with a complete compact drum kit.

Shop now | Cajons

Shop now | Compact Jazz Style Drum Kits

4. Plastic Brass

Plastic brass? Yes, you read that correctly. Combining the sound and playability of a brass instrument with the lightness and durability of plastic, our range of plastic brass instruments are the perfect companion for your next journey.  

pBone and pTrumpet instruments are perfect for children and adults alike. Whether you’re just learning to play, or you want a portable alternative to your pride and joy, you’ll love the lightweight nature of these instruments. Bass players needn’t miss out on the fun either - check out the playLITE Hybrid Euphonium by Gear4music and playLITE Hybrid Tuba by Gear4music. And if you can’t do without the feel of a brass mouthpiece and valves, check out the pTrumpet hyTech – a combination of brass and plastic for the best of both worlds.

pTrumpet Plastic Trumpet, Red
pBone Plastic Trombone, Green
playLITE Hybrid Euphonium by Gear4music, Yellow
pTrumpet hyTech Trumpet, Silver

Shop now | pTrumpet Plastic Trumpets

Shop now | pBone Plastic Trombones

Shop now | playLITE Hybrid Brass Instruments

Electric Violin by Gear4music, Natural

5. Electric Violin

Travelling with a violin? Why not save some weight and go for an electric model? With no resonant cavity to worry about, these futuristic instruments are well suited to your next holiday. Yes, you’ll need an amplifier to hear yourself fully, but don’t worry; we’ve got a great selection of battery-powered amps built for this very purpose.

Shop now | Electric Violins

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Aodyo Sylphyo Wireless Electronic Wind Instrument, Snow Edition

6. Electronic Wind Instrument - Aodyo Sylyphyo

When you’re travelling, you may not fancy taking your prized saxophone or clarinet with you on the road. Corrosive salt water and premium alloys? No thank you!

The Aodyo Sylphyo is an electronic wind instrument that is ideal for reed players on the move. With a range of built-in sounds and a 6-hour battery life, you can perform with the Sylphyo straight out of the box.

For players travelling with a laptop, the USB connection allows MIDI control of software instruments, opening up a world of sonic potential.

Shop now | Electronic Wind Instruments

Yamaha reface Keyboards

7. Keyboard

Question: what’s the key to portable piano performance? Answer: battery power! The Yamaha Reface series features miniature keys and a lightweight, battery-powered design. Don’t let the small size fool you, though; these instruments are serious tools with pro-grade sounds. Once you’re done travelling, hook it up to your full-size MIDI controller and use it in your studio as a fantastic piano sound module.

Casio CDP S100 Digital Piano, Black

Got a little more room in your luggage? Check out the Casio SDP S100 digital piano. Battery powered, 10.5KG, full size hammer-action keys; the SDP S100 offers full-size performance that you can take with you to any outdoor stage.

Shop now | Yamaha reface Keyboards

Artiphon Instrument 1, Black

8. Artiphon Instrument 1

Strum it like a guitar. Play it like a keyboard. Tap it like a drum machine. The Artiphon Instrument 1 is the ultimate MIDI controller! Connect it to a multitude of portable devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops, and take your music with you.

If you’re travelling with a laptop, tablet or smartphone, the Instrument 1 lets you perform expressively and control your digital setup. For producers and song writers on the move, the Instrument 1 is a highly versatile MIDI controller.

Shop now | Artiphon MIDI Controllers

Korg Volca Ult. Analog Machine Bundle - Bass, Beats and Keys

9. Korg Volca

A synth setup you can power by batteries and perform with wherever you go? You betcha. The Korg Volca series is designed for affordability, versatility, and portability. With a range of compact synths and the Volca Mix analog performance mixer, you can create a complete synthesizer setup and perform wherever you travel.

Shop now | Korg Volca

Numark DJ2GO 2 Portable DJ Controller

10. DJ Controller

If you’re a DJ travelling with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, the Numark DJ2GO 2 Portable DJ Controller is the perfect pocket-sized controller.  Don’t be fooled by its small size; the DJ2GO 2 is jam-packed with features including an integrated soundcard (which eliminates the need for an external mixer or interface).

The Hercules DJControl Compact is also worth your consideration for your next holiday, and if you’re looking to brush up your skills, check out the Hercules DJ Control Starlight with its range of inlcuded tutorials.

Shop now | DJ Jog Wheel Controllers

Zoom Q2n-4k Camera for Musicians

11. Audio / Video Recorder

Ok, here’s the #11 wild card. We know; it’s not really an instrument at all. But when you’re out on the road with your travel instruments, how will you capture those performances? The Zoom Q2n-4k is the camera aimed at musicians. With a stereo microphone setup and 4k video recording quality, you’ll be ready to capture those important memories wherever you go.

Shop now | Audio and Video Recorders

Find Out More

Looking for more gear this summer? See our complete collection of Festival Essentials here.

Thinking about going busking? Read our Busking Guide.

Festival Essentials
Travel Instruments

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By Matt Wilkinson

Posted on 3 Jun 2019 09:05 to category : Instruments News

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