Hardest Instruments to Play


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81Pan FluteV1 Comment
82Venezuelan Cuatro

I have been playing the cuatro for a number of years and it is very challenging. The speed with which the strums are played in conjunction with the different strum techniques and replacing strums with knocking on the wood is overwhelming. If you can imagine that when mastering soloist songs, each individual strum in a bar of 6 strums plays a different chord in a different position on the neck, then precision comes into play, and missing the position of one finger can ruin the piece. Also, it is a clandistine instrument where no official notes have ever been written for. Before the internet the only way to learn how to play would be from teachers (which are scarse) and counting on the people in your neighborhood to learn how to plan new songs. Give it a try, and listen to some cuatro soloist music from Cheo Hurtado, Jorge Glem or Carlos Camacho and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Enjoy music!


Harpsichords are like a piano just with twice as many keys, and they are expected to be played four times faster to.

Harpsichord is much easier to play well than piano, as dynamics are much less important. The main difficulty with harpsichord is that the keys are so small

84Electric Triangle

The god of all instruments, destroyer of worlds, that's why it's the hardest to play.

85PyrophoneV1 Comment
86ErhuV1 Comment
87Indian Flute

On the Indian Flute it is very hard to swich the notes quickly without the sound craking.

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88Nose Flute

What the hell, nose anything is not a valid entry in this list. Nobody even kbows what it is!

89Kora - West African

This is the only instrument I have not been able to play with some sense of accomplishment. I am a guitarist (classical and jazz trained) and have been a lifetime musician and educator. The zither requires an independence of fingers that stands alone in the musical world. It not only requires one to have a fretboard knowlledge but also a technique similar to a harpists. Most people are not aware of what this instrument is and how difficult it is to play.

91Tar (Lute)
93Contrabass SaxophoneV1 Comment
96Flamenco Guitar

I think this is the hardest after violin and top 3 is:
1. Violin
2. Flamenco Guitar
3. Piano

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Pretty damn hard to get the octaves.


It is a good instrument. But we can only be a master if you have interest in Carnatic Music...

99Glass Harmonica

Well try getting one, that in itself is challenge. Invented by Benjamin Franklin and a master makes beautiful sounds.

100Hurdy gurdy

Because it is a bad known instrument, where you need to play the melody and the rhythm in the same time. It is really difficult and long to master the turn of the wrist which makes the rhythm.And, as an old and folkloric instrument, it is unhappily so hard to tune, and it don't play the same when it's raining or it's too hot and so on... But the result is worth the efforts!

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You can cheat on the violin by sliding into notes
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