Fun Instruments….. for the less mature "older" player.
We’ve had similar threads before….. where the validity of instruments has been discussed.
Of course, casual listeners may take a different view https://thesession.org/discussions/10373
Anyway, surely playing all instruments ought to be fun? Also, I know many older players who tackle all types of musical instrument including fiddle, flute, various pipes, squeeze boxes/concertinas and so on. Yes, mandolins, banjos, guitars etc too.
Many of them have been playing for years, of course, and are just getting old. That can’t be helped. However, many of these instruments are also the first choice for adult beginners of all ages.
However, I think when people talk about "fun instruments" for "older players", they are suggesting that these are preferred by the type of person who doesn’t take "the music" too seriously. To be fair, quite a lot of people don’t.
On the other thread, the mandolin was offered as such an example. I’ll not pursue that argument here but I’ve never considered the instrument in this way although, at entry level, it’s certainly more accessible than the fiddle, flute, pipes, and so on.
However, more obvious "fun instruments" would be the ukulele, shaky eggs, various drums, and even the guitar(again easy at entry level but much more challenging down the road). I will also add "the human voice" too. Not to decry singers or singing, although many here might, but it’s increasingly being used for "fun" with the explosion of community choirs performing all genres of song and at all levels.
Arguably, all of the above instruments can still produce great music or be used to good effect but "more serious" musicians are unlikely to spend the time on effort on them. For example, you can play beautiful and intricate music on the ukulele but learning the "campanella" and other techniques may seem too much like hard work for some… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU6SubqBAcw
especially when you can play them reasonably well much more easily on the fiddle, mandolin etc, even the harp, or guitar(which is just a big ukulele, anyway).
Actually, I quite enjoy doing tunes on The Uke and using finger picking techniques rather than strumming even as a singing accompaniment but the majority of those who attend workshops etc just want to enjoy the communal sing/strumalong experience which isn’t for me.
Anyway, what I’m saying is that it is maybe unfair to categorise instruments as "old (wo)men"(old man is actually a bit sexist) or just for beginners. They all have their place and merit albeit with varying limitations, some of the percussive variety excepted, of course. 😛