I am hoping to learn to play a musical instrument (I cannot play anything as yet) that is easy on fingertips and am looking for some suggestions, please. I have psoriasis on my fingertips and it usually spreads to just above the first knuckles. I also get it at the base area between my fingers. I am unable to put too much pressure on my fingertips most days or they will split and bleed, and the same goes for stretching.
I tried the piano, but maybe this was the worst thing to first try, and I then tried guitar. I have been left disappointed and annoyed with myself for even trying to think I could do that one! (I tried these two as I had access to them.)
I am wondering about saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, or maybe flute. If anyone who has experience with these instruments would like to share thoughts on how hard these are on your fingertips I would be most grateful. I am especially wondering if I could play trumpet using my first knuckles rather than fingertips.
I would like to learn for only my own pleasure as I have no desire to make a career of it or ever play in public, so if I am mediocre at it, I really won't mind... I will be happy with the achievement for achievements' sake!
Thank you all very much for the wide variety of suggestions, there are many ideas that I just never considered. You have all given me a lot of food for thought and the 'out of the box' instruments look very interesting and fun. Regarding the drums, does anyone know how hard the steel drums are on your hands? I looked at YouTube to see some players and the sticks look quite loosely held and not involving the fingertips very much. Finally, can anyone tell me how important the tension/grip is for the mallet instruments? Could they be played with padded gloves or would that mess up the sound? Thank you again.