Musical Instruments for Shaky Hands

Certain types of musical instruments are great for people with shaky hands. Learn about musical instruments for shaky hands with help from a professional singer and violinist in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Violin & Viola 101

Video Transcript

Hello there, I'm music teacher, Kendall McGuire and today I'll be giving you some ideas for musical instruments for shaky hands. These ideas can come in handy for someone with a disability or perhaps an elderly person or even a child or someone that has issues or trouble maintaining consistency or smoothness of fluidity in their musical production. The most common and simple instrument that would be wonderful for someone with shaky hands is something in the percussion family. Alright, so if they're shaking, okay they could get a rhythm going so you could have that person on like the moroccos or maybe even the chimes if they could just shake it and they could get off of it, the drums would be really great for that person. I would not recommend a string instrument because you really need that smoothness in the bow on a violin, viola, cello, or double bass, okay? I would not recommend like a woodwind or a clarinet or something like that because you're going to need that accuracy like a flute or something okay? But something like a pipe, you know, like a penny whistle may not be bad because they're doing that up and down so much anyway, it might add a bit of artistic creativity to it. So, percussion is my highest recommendation, something with claps and rhythms would be really neat to experiment for someone with shaky hands. I'm Kendall McGuire.

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