Best Musical Instruments


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1Electric Guitar

Defiantly guitars, I mean let's try to make this realistic, who really plays the bagpipes?

Wow I just laughed really hard, you are hilarious.. I know this comment has no point but just had to put that out there!

The most flexible instrument in the world. Whilst other instruments such as bagpipes and violin are beautiful in their own right, electric guitar can master sounds like rock, jazz, blues, classical sounds etc... Although I do like bagpipes... I respectfully crank my guitar and max distort in your face

The electric guitar can do so much. From Jazz to Heavy metal, clean sound to super distorted. You can create your own sound and style. You
Can play really simple, fun riffs or technical solos. It's mind-boggling how many different ways there are to play. You can bend, tap, use the whammy bar (if you have one), scratch etc. And don't even get get me started on different effect pedals and tunings. Basically, the electric guitar is the best instrument ever.

Electric guitar is "smash it in your face" violin is much more fun and a better instrument.

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It sounds beautiful! It's wonderful!

I play piano, and it's very fun, simple, and, once you've been playing it for a few years, people think you're awesome.

This is the one that sounds beautiful and awesome! The songs sound so nice! The piano is the instrument that gives everyone the happiness and joy EVERYDAY!

Piano is awesome. I've been playing since I was 4, and now I'm 10. At first piano is easy, but as you get to a more advanced stage, and you get to play more complex songs. You can also do piano tests. I'm doing Trinity piano tests, and just recently did the grade 6 piano examination. If you're looking for an instrument to play, I seriously recommend piano.

- Angie, aged 10

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Drums gives a rhythm to every piece of music. The beat is very powerful, and the it makes every song sounds even better.

A cool instrument! Rock on!

Drums give rhythm and sound to every song - IceCream

Drums is so cool and so energetic and so fun to play! I play the drums and I have my best times while playing!

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Good luck and I play violin and it is so so fun I love it but I reckon violin could of made it to the top 3 but I don't get why the bag pipes are number 1 no body I know really has a bagpipe or even play the bagpipes! But I see their point

Violin is good accompaniment in heavy music, melodic metal, even hiphop. Dracula's favorite instrument.

I am in 4th grade and I will be in 5th next year and there is band next year and they don't have the violin and that is what I wanted to play I am very mad to play the violin is my dream

The violin haves a good sound it's very nice and cool

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The saxophone is different. Sure, you meet many people who can get beautiful tones on the clarinet or flute, play the drums or bagpipes, but the saxophone speaks for itself. The electric guitar might be able to do a lot, and classical instruments like the violin, viola or cello, but the sax (alto, in particular) is so satisfying, relaxing and lovely. It's not about difficulty at all, for example, do you ever feel hesitant about getting out your instrument and playing it? The sax isn't like that. Never. It's obviously not hard to see how it can capture so many people's hearts. I used to play classical, and felt that as much as I liked it, I wanted to try jazz. And I did. And it made me realise that whilst I had been complaining about the task of practising, I had been missing out on so much that is so useful, and brings joy to people. So to all you saxophone players out there like me - keep on playing and don't give up. The saxophone has a world of its own, of jazz, waiting to be ...more

The saxophone is jazzy, can be loud, soft, and can sound like a brass or woodwind instrument. It is the instrument that balances out brass and woodwind. This is why I like it so much.

Saxophone is by far the most romantic and sexiest instrument and its not merely any instrument its number 1 for me and I've met a lot of people with the same opinion. I really think that everyone can enjoy good sax and jazz songs cause they can be also chill out songs.

Classiest instrument

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6Bass Guitar

Bass guitar is probably the most underrated and underrespected instruments out there. And it's also one of the best sounding! Electric guitarists get all the fame because they make it look easy but the fact is it IS easy (compared to bass or acoustic). Bass players on the other hand, deserve far more respect than they get. If you disagree that bassists get disrespected just go to The Uncyclopedia and look up bass guitar.

Poor John Deacon is so underrated and really, all of them are, but he is my favorite. If I had to play an instrument, this would be it. But I already play drums. (I am not that good. ) But anyway, I REALLY love the sound, it sounds so cool... Listen to "Invisible Man" by Queen, and it sounds AWESOME. Also, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". BASS FOREVER

Far more important than electric guitar. A band can survive with just bass and drums, guitars, keyboards or even saxophones are merely the decoration on the musical cake that is the rhythm section. - Christian.H.Mills

Bass Guitar can actually make every rock and metal song great. It's sad that this Instrument is underrated. - Mumbizz01

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7Acoustic Guitar

Absolutely. It's harder than bass and electric, so it produces a clearer sound. I play instruments from all the categories and guitar is easily the best.

It's like no other sound. It refreshes that need for sound quality. I love playing acoustic guitar.

This is a very modern guitar! Very cool!

As common as dog doo, but an instrument worth the challenge of learning...It will never be mastered.

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Flute definitely deserves to be on this list because it is the hardest of the woodwind instruments to master. 60% of a flute players air doesn't even make it into the instrument. If you have ever made a noise by blowing across a beer bottle... It is way harder. I play this instrument in a symphony setting and get paid more than most of the other instrumentalists.

I would put the flute over any woodwind instruments. It is definitely the hardest woodwind instrument to play. It doesn't have a reed which makes it harder to play because it requires more air, not to mention the fingerings. But once you've mastered the flute, it is an amazing instrument to play.

I'm ten and have been playing flute for about a half a year. It's pretty easy once you have learned the basics of making constent sounds, but it can be challenging. I think flute is amazing, fun, and makes beautifull sounds.

I'm ten too, and I just started band this year. Once you master blowing into it and moving your fingers, it's really fun!

I play the flute it is awesome!

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(Yes I know ELP is my favorite band, and they didn't have guitar. )

I love all guitars so I couldn't jut chose electric or acoustic, they are fun to play and are used is so many genres. I love the guitar

I don't understand how there is guitar, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar splitting the votes three ways and piano still came in second.

Yeah I know the 4 guitars should come in top 4 with the drums in 5th, because let's face it. Who needs piano when they have guitars? - zhuoran

It is very nice musical instrument

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Trumpet is the bomb in any latin band. It's also important in any big/show/stage band. It can also can also rock a seedy jazz bar. Honestly it's like singing just better. =D

I have played the trumpet for 4 years and it is an amazing instrument to play. You can reach a range of all different notes with it and it can handle all genres.

Trumpet is probably the best instrument because it sounds, just beautiful. I love the sound of the trumpet. The trumpet is DEFINITELY the best instrument!

I play the trumpet and in my opinion the flute is the worst band instrument

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The Newcomers

?Electric Viola

Like a viola but silent and can play different styles with great ease. can be connect to a speaker, too


Delightful like a ukulele but also has a substantial amount of volume produced by its ten strings. This South American string instrument allows for accompaniment and virtuosity.

The Contenders


For fans of bags and pipes alike!

I mean you can't get any better than BAGPIPES!

Bagpipes are #1 but I also play guitar

Nothing like the skirl of bagpipes to get the blood up if you ask me.

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The clarinet is the best instrument ever. It is right in the middle of the flute and saxophone yet is small and lightweight. It has the largest range of notes music styles and dynamics of any woodwind instrument. It is also the most important instrument to any concert band's sound. The clarinet has the largest range of different members of its family. The clarinet can be used in marching bands, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, big bands, latin jazz, rock n roll, pop, commercial music, country, samba, or salsa music. The clarinet Iis one of the most expressivec and flexible instruments ever created, having a tone and range closest to the human voice. It can sound expressive as a solo instrument or as a section. CLARINETS ARE AMAZING.

The clarinet is the pathway to learning basically any woodwind instrument. When you learn the clarinet, that makes it easy to learn any saxophone, flute, any other kind of clarinet, etc. With the clarinet there is no limit as to how high your range goes - you can define your range by how far you are willing to go, which is a unique and great quality. The clarinet sounds beautiful and has a full, dark, and rich tone. You can also play a variety of different styles of music on the clarinet. Although the clarinet embrouchure is perhaps the hardest to develop correctly, the instrument is otherwise not terrible to learn. I fell in love with the clarinet, have you?

It's a hard woodwind instrument to play. When you master it it makes it less difficult for you to play other woodwind instruments.

I play clarinet and it is a beautiful instrument

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Keyboards are extremely passionate sounding. They can change styles, and create various moods. They also taste like chicken fajias. Have you ever tried grilled bankers> Keyboard sucsk! But, if you are interested in cheese, on the other hand...

I kind of think this is pretty much a more modern and cheaper version of a piano and the only difference is you can't look inside it for the strings and it's electrical but same sound and stuff.

It's a retro version of the piano with a lot of different settings!

Basically a better version of a piano, which everyone loves

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The cello is an amazing instrument, that has the perfect tone. It has a sound that no band instrument can compete with. A cello can accompany virtually any instrument, while it can also play beautiful solos. This instrument, is the best instrument ever invented.

The cello allows me to express myself in ways that I could have never imagined. It has taken me places I could have never dreamed of going, and it has given me the chance to see things that I had never noticed, both musical and non-musical.

There is no musical instrument on planet Earth that can be as expressive as a cello.

The cello has a ways with words no other instrument can emphasize enough. It can mimic the sounds of human laughter, or the sadness of our tears. The cello is the best instrument.

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The ukulele is awesome instrument to learn and is really fun to play along to songs and sing with as well. It makes an amazing sound and easily cheers up anyone on a very bad day! It is easy too learn too, and is very good if you want to learn the guitar and definitely easier to learn if you already know how to play the guitar. UKULELE = TOTAL OWNAGE

Ukuleles can play all genres and are hugely under appreciated. They are suitable substitutes to most overused instruments and deserve to be at the top of this list.

The Uke is an amazing instrument for a beginner. You can start with a very low investment and work your way up as you improve. The size is right for travel, you can take it anywhere. In fact I bought a travel Ukulele that fits in a back pack. It stands well on it's own but it is the best gateway instrument out there!

I had to use a ukelele before in my music class and today I feel like buying some because ukelele is the bomb

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You know why no one takes the xylophone seriously? It's because the only types that are ever seen are baby toys. It is so much more than how it often appears to us. Also, it's great to make and makes a fun project!

Those sound pretty and are easy to play.

I love xylophones! They sound like skeletons!

I have a xylophone

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Where on earth is the harp on this list? To me the most beautiful sounding instrument. Wont do for every situation but for the right song nothing does the job more beautifully.

I have always wanted to try the harp before I got my flute! The sound is just so romantic and beautiful that I fell head over heels when I first heard it! :D but the problem is that they could be really hard to play and they are SUPER EXPENSIVE! I would not recommend them to any family with a tight budget because they can be anywhere up to 1,000,000 Dollers or sometimes even more! With their beautiful sounds but expensive prices I would prefer just 'borrowing' one from someone and try it out. Try your local music shop and see what they recommend.

The most beautiful instrument on this planet!


In complete honesty, if you hate the sound the synthesizer makes then you must hate music yourself. How is it not #1, it can do anything! I know the guitar, piano and violin are all very traditional, but this may be the instrument of the future, if not already the instrument of the time. It can be used right, it just isn't being used right with popular music nowadays. - Donut

Synthesizer should be #1 on this list because they can make literally ANY SOUND. Guitar? You got it. Piano? Yep. Violin? Absolutely. You name the instrument, a synth can emulate it.

No instrument can spread over as many sounds as a synthesizer. Keys are much easier to start playing than strings, and in that way a synthesizer beats all other instruments

It is literally every instrument on this list and more... definitely number 1 for me

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19Bongo Drums

I have only ever met 1 person in my life who plays bongo drums and is actually good at it. I think this instrument is hard because I couldn't keep a beat to save me life

Easy to play it is a instrument if you cannot get a hang of the drums you play the bongo's all you have to to is hit it with your nuckels and palm and job dune


It's great for the blues! If you're looking to play some great but sad song then the harmonica is all yours

Understated. Does everything you want/can think of. From Jazz and blues, to rock and roll if you stick a pedal and an amp on it. And if you get bored, practice beatbox and play it making your own baseline!

This instrument is handy. You can play anywhere, and anytime.

Great music + its easily PORTABLE!

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