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Old 14 Feb 2011
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It's a Pignose 3/4 size battery-powered electric with built-in speaker for me...

...but not this one as it was nicked. It's about an inch shorter than the width of an AT with the boxes on, which is nice when you bung it into some gravel.

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I would LOVE to have my guitar with me..

I tried in South America with a nice Martin backpacker guitar but the shape made it very hard to play and carrying it was a NIGHTMARE !!

One for the 4x4 owners I think..

I'm tempted to learn the harmonica !
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Take something to make music!

Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
I'm tempted to learn the harmonica !
Yep, good choice. Versatile and ideal on a motorbike.
This is what could happen:

In Sudan, we three (on small Yamahas) met a cycling couple, Huila and Eva, pedalling Cairo to Nairobi. Huila had a couple of small drums, a didgeridoo in sections, a cow bell and other stuff, on his ...... bicycle!

My son-in-law, Beau, plays drums and had a small hand drum.
We camped together at the Blue Nile Sailing Club, where a senior member manages a local band. He overheard Beau and Huila playing one night, invited them to play at a wedding in the suburbs and then put them on the stage at the Costa restaurant near the Sailing Club.

Beau in white shirt, Huila in yellow.

Beau was invited to the University music dept. "Hardly any western musicians visit us."
Within two days Beau had requests for private workshops from the students.
A couple more days and he had organised a group of students to play at the Sailing Club in a gig organised by the band manager we had met the week before:

An offer of a job followed: "We have a position for lecturer in Western Music - it's never filled - it's yours if you want it."

Beau's wife (my daughter Caroline), teaches English, and quickly found a job with a British NGO.

We all eventually departed Khartoum, arrived in Nairobi months later, and Beau's job offer was still verbal.

But it was quickly confirmed. Working visas were arranged in a week or so. Flights, freight for belongings, living allowance, accommodation, all followed.
They've been living and working there since July last year, the possibility of earning enough to eventually continue on their bikes to Cape Town, all courtesy of a couple of drums carried on motorbike and bicycle.
(Huila and Eva had other plans, and returned to live in Berlin after Narobi).

It's a funny old life, you never know what's round the corner, so take some equipment for the unexpected!
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Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
I would LOVE to have my guitar with me..
I'm tempted to learn the harmonica !

I have tried to learn Harmonica for years now, ............without much improvement!!!

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Always have my gob iron (mouth organ) in my jacket pocket, great way to break the ice.

Recently started to play the ukulele, I can recommend this cheap little friend. Try one from ebay for £15. Small enough to fit on top of any bed roll. Very easy to play.
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I regularly travel with a fiddle strapped across the pillion seat.
Am heading to a festival in the south of France with it next month.
For purely biking trips though, with no actual musical plans included, I would prefer a guitar but always thought it too bulky. After reading this thread though, I'm going to get a smaller one and take it. Thanks for the nudge.

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Baby Taylor. Sounds great, good padded cordura case with strap and three D-rings. 880mm X 360mm.
Find it and lots of other temptation at Official Taylor Guitars Website | Taylor Acoustic, Taylor T5 Electric Guitar
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jews harp gets my vote.
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