Reply To: Melodica in Roots Rock Acoustic Setting
Yes Quetscher, holding the melodica against you body takes some getting use to. It is not easy at first. It feels really foreign and awkward as does any new experience: riding a horse, trying to play a trumpet, using a new software package.
However, when you do push yourself for a time period to come accustomed to it, the physical connection starts to feel good and I don’t think any mechanical means is going to provide the range of expression, modulation, and feeling you can get from a full-body/melodica interface experience. There are scores of variables and variations.
I would not discourage you from trying another means of course. Do explore. Maybe a better idea exists. But don’t give up too fast the Bootay technique. It is simple and effective and most expressive. It feels good.