Have you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, maybe a piano or guitar? It sounds like a great idea, the thought of busting out the guitar for an impromptu sing-along for your family or friends, doesn’t it?
However, the fact is that learning a new instrument can be very time-consuming. It’s generally considered that you need to practice the piano for 100 hours, just to get to a novice level where you might be able to play a few songs.
In our busy everyday lives, you mightn’t have that much time to spare or the motivation to drive you. But fear not, we’ve got you covered with 11 Unique Musical Instruments.
They’re usually much more comfortable to learn, create a great talking point and you can have a lot of fun with them while you increasingly get better. You’ll also find the price is much better while still getting your musical fix.
We had some fun picking out these unusual and unique musical instruments. Check out this list below!
Grover Trophy Humanitones Nose Flute
The Grover Trophy Humanitones nose flute has its origins in Africa and also parts of Polynesia. Similar to a mouth flute which you might be more familiar with, you use your nose to blow air into the instrument.
Initially, it sounds a bit strange, but this is a lot of fun and you’ll quickly learn the tricks to making a nice little tune. Check out the Grover Trophy Humanitones Nose Flute here.
Exquisite Aluminum Alloy Kazoo with Gift Box
This high-quality Kazoo is simple to play and easy to master. Most people would wrongly assume that you blow into it, but you actually hum!
The long hollow body, known as the diaphragm, leads to an opening with a thin membrane that vibrates to produce the sound. The Kazoo is great to whip out to join with another instrument giving a beautiful multi-leveled sound.
Horror Sounds Waterphone Movie Sound Effects
People are always talking about having a soundtrack to your life. If your life is like a horror movie, then this is a must for you! The Waterphone produces some of the most spine-chilling sounds. It’s just awesome! It’s the calypso drum of Psycho, the movie.
Technically a percussion instrument, it’s a sizeable bowl-shaped dome with 30 individual metal sticks at varying lengths. A small amount of water goes in the base, and then you can play away by hitting or gliding over different areas.
L’MS Professional Bamboo Gourd Flute
The Gourd Flute comes to us from China and consists of three pipes that originate from a chamber called a gourd. The central tube has finger holes allowing you to change notes, while the two smaller pipes will give you a very harmonic sound.
The L’MS Professional Bamboo Gourd Flute has been delicately hand-crafted, and you’ll love the beautiful decorations in traditional Chinese stylings. Adding to the high quality, each pipe can separate from the gourd for cleaning through the use of brass fittings.
Overseas Connection Natural Seed Rattle
Percussion instruments are often a great introductory instrument and this fabulous Natural Seed Rattle is ideal! It’s different to a typical rattle as it comes from large Togo seeds bind together using nylon.
It’s easy to play by either shaking or clapping with your other hand providing a sweet accompanying sound while you sing or with another instrument. Better yet, all your friends will be asking about your Natural Seed Rattle.
Siesta Handmade Thumb Piano
History is indelibly linked to music, and nothing says more than owning an instrument that came about 3,000 years ago. You get to have your piece of history with a Thumb Piano.
Thumb pianos come with five or more small tines, and they are plucked giving a rich sound that cuts off quickly. The Siesta Handmade Thumb Piano comes with seven tines allowing you to produce different notes and when struck with a second, you can remarkably harmonize the two sounds.
Legend of Zelda Ocarina Ceramic Flute
The famous video game, Legend of Zelda, incorporated a new style of flute that looks futuristic and sounds incredible. Now you get the opportunity to buy this 12-hole ceramic flute which is likely to become a collector’s item for those into gaming.
Beginners don’t need to be alarmed by the sophisticated design, as it’s easy for you to play from the get-go and you’ll enjoy mastering an instrument that feels like it’s from the future.
Waltons Bodhran Irish with Hardwood Beater
If you’re looking for a stylish, but easy to use instrument, then look no further than the Waltons Bodhrán. A Bodhrán is a small handmade drum instrument, so it’s fantastic for anyone with an ounce of rhythm.
There is a massive selection of Celtic style patterns to choose from. There are varying designs and colors. The bodhrán also comes with a hardwood beater, which is the stick to hit the bodhrán with and not a gateway joke about teenage boys.
Mid-East Donkey Call
As far as unique instruments go, it would be fair to say that the Mid-East Donkey Call has an advantage over all the others for strangeness. You may think that it’s going to sound like a donkey ee-aw but guess again.
It was designed to sound like rattling teeth! In fairness, the original versions did use old donkey or zebra teeth so, and it was rattling teeth.
However, the instrument itself is a percussion instrument with a long metal pipe that bends around with a ball on the end. You can either hit the ball with your palm or directly strike the rattle.
Oberton Pro Tatysh Jaw Harp
A jaw harp is a small metal instrument that you place inside your mouth and pluck the protruding reed with your finger. This is an instrument that only produces one note, but by opening the mouth to different variations will allow you to expand the sound.
Hricane Ukulele with Case
An all-time favorite is the Ukelele. Originating from the Hawaiian islands, this small guitar has been used for many classic songs and inspires a relaxing way of life.
You’ll quickly want to practice the Hricane Ukelele, so you’re prepared for your next fire-pit party. This has been finely crafted with attention to detail and comes with a travel bag.
Pick Out a Unique Instrument for Yourself or a Gift for a Friend
Nearly all of us love music, but our demanding lifestyles don’t always give us time enough to devote to learning an instrument. With any of the 11 Unique Musical Instruments above, you’ll find something to talk about, to laugh about and, to make some life-enriching music.
Your friends and family will undoubtedly be asking you about your unique instrument!
~ Dr. Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician, and NASA Astronaut