I put in my pre-order for the Striso and now I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to learn to play it. For my background, I’ve played various breeds of flute on and off for years, so I have a very basic grasp of music theory and can read sheet music so long as it’s in treble clef. I spent a bit of time on guitar, but never got past the basics.
So, my start point is roughly zero. My target is:
- Very short term: Be able to play a couple of simple tunes with a single melodic line.
- Short term: Be able to play both melody and simple harmony.
- Mid - long term: To be able to play reasonably skilled solo & accompaniment.
From past experience I learn best from:
- Doing, pick a song and try to master it, even if it’s “twinkle twinkle little star”
- Drills / Etudes
So, the question is, what existing instrument will translate easiest to the Striso? The most common comparison I’ve seen with most isomorphic instruments is the piano, which I have no experience with, so have mostly speculation. The piano has a much larger range, so I would suspect there would be a fair amount of twiddly work transferring between the two as soon as I got to the short term goal.
The lap harp has about a 3.5 octave range, but as far as I know is not chromatic, so it’s more constrained, but would get me to short term pretty quickly, so I’ve looked at song and method books like:
I’d be interested in approaches other people are considering, or have used for similar classes of instrument.