Hardest Instruments to Play


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103Contrabass Flute

A few months after I picked up the regular flute, my teacher let me try the Alto and Bass flute. At the time it was easy since I wasn't blowing hard enough into my normal instrument. A few months ago I tried those two again, and it was extremely difficult. I can't imagine what the Contrabass would be like! Plus it is huge and would be hard to carry around. It might be better for beginners who haven't played concert flute and before.

It's huge it takes a ton of air it is very difficult

This instrument is very difficult to achive a nice sound in, let alone its enormus!

104Goblet Drum

Logicaly saying: if you bring 2 piano/violin/drums players Who have been playing for 10 years.. 10 hours of practice each day, The only difference between these players would be the style of playing... Or if you bring an instrument played wih sticks... It would be the same sound but different style... Unlike percussion players that plays with there fingers, if you take 2 darbuka players, or riq players... Or whatever percussion instrument, and both plays for 10 years, 10 hours each day... The difference wouldn't only be the style, but it would be also the sound of the slap... Because my fingers are different than the other player... No one has the same agility/strenght fingers... Also no has the same smoothed fingers...


What even the hell is this instrument?!

Haha this is a kind of ancient Asian instrument


Genius instrument, impossible to play though

It's super hard - not!

107Student TromboneV1 Comment
108Twelve String Guitar

Double the strings ten times the difficulty. Comparing apples to apples, playing Bach on a 12 string guitR is nigh near impossible, but if accomplished, sounds like a harpsichord. Yes strumming a 12 string is a minor accomplishment, but playing one to the guitar repertoire's full potential has to be incredibly difficult.

109Steelpan (Steel Drum)
110Portuguese Guitar
112The Electric Euphonium

I can only play it in my dreams and it electrocuted me

113Tin Whistle

Easy to learn and play, and you can start playing songs on your first day. When you try to play outside of Mary had a little lamb, trying those traditional songs that actually sound good, and you start to realize it isn't that simple. They play tricks with their flute that you can barely see since their fingers move so fast.

The flats and sharps are hard, but I was able to pick up tin whistle in a matter of hours. Possibly because I've played a wind instrument for a long time. I would recommend it as practice for someone trying to pick up flute.

I play it for 2 years. Fingering is easy, but is hard to master and play ornaments correctly.


I have gone to an advanced school for cowbell for six years now, and play at an intermediate level still. Deceptively simple looking, but don't let anyone tell you you don't need to work your @#$ off to get it right. It takes weeks or more to master even the most simple songs. - airbb

You have to learn how to play a different part than anyone else. And also you have to be able to play the part loud. I played the cowbell in a song that I had a solo in and I had to play it as loud and fast as possible. And then no one was playing at all at the same time as me. You have to be able to go with the rythym and play it loud as possible.

Everyone always needs more of it! - maclancaster

The cow should be using the bell not you anyway!

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This instrument is sort of a mixture of a harmonica and an accordion. It can get very difficult, especially since it is similar to an accordion, which is also difficult to play. But unlike an accordion, you have to blow into it and play it like a harmonica. A harmonica can get difficult also. A mixture of two difficult instruments is very hard indeed,


First of all I agree partially with many people that think The harmonica is the easiest instrument because you can easily produce a good (well, not bad) note on it. It's fun to play the harmonica, trust me you will enjoy it because whereever, whenever you want to play music, you can get it from your pocket and play it instantly. The tricks are you should be able to breath sufficiently to play, you should know when to blow and when to draw in the right holes. If you play the chromatic you should also master the button.

There are so many techniques in chroms. They are: bending, slide jab, vibrato, chord playing, toungue blocking, octave blocking, etc. Playing a long draw note and playing many draw notes are very hard on harmonica. I think playing a good music with dynamics and all aspects of music is very hard (but can be done of course) on harmonica. You can try the harmonica especially the chromatic one and learn to play the classical pieces (watch on youtube: classical ...more

When I found this site, cowbell beats harmonica? Bull.

Harmonica is incredibly difficult. Newbies whine about even getting single notes to sound clearly -- and this can go on for months. After that comes bending notes -- that can take months to even get it to happen (it will sound terrible, but it happens). Then there's the effort of getting that bent note to sound proper. Holes can bend one, two, or three half steps. This all happens on the lower end of the harmonica because the upper end requires another technique called blow bending. This will also take a long time to even get it to happen -- let alone make it sound good. Slide back down to the lower end, and you can do something called overblowing. Slide back up to the upper end and you can do overdrawing. Then there's vibrato, warbles, double stops, chords, octave stops, and a whole slew of other techniques.

A cowbell is not harder than this.

To play this instrument is one thing. To play it well is something else entirely. A single hole in a 10 hole Diatonic can play up to 5 different notes that can be achieved by bending. Bending a note requires lots and lots of practice to change the flow of air in your mouth as is passes through the harmonica. Other techniques such as vibrato require absolute control over one's breathing and even posture (much like a vocalist). Even playing a single note can often sound shabby without necessary practice. There may be harder instruments to play, but this is one of the hardest to master in my opinion.

You can't see the hole you blow and it's kinda difficult. Breath control is difficult too,

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Much more difficult than the forks you have to work on technique before eating meat with these things -Donald Trump

Cows make a lovely and pure sound when you stab them with this instrument, more so than the fork. After years of attempting to master this wonder, I still struggle to evade or even come close to cows without being charged and impaled therefore resulting in my death. This makes performances much more challenging than any other instruments on this list.
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I love eating with these things. So far I have managed to impale thousands of dead pieces of cows and sheep.

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Wow where do I start. Well firstly lets start of with its history. Started by the Illuminati the triangle is propaganda in its purest form. The Illuminati would enslave children do to their darkest deeds and to brainwash them into it their trigger noise was the ping of this malevolent instrument. Galileo Galleli himself created the instrument, because as being a reincarnation of Pythagoras he realised that the equilateral triangle conducted for more evil karma then the right, isosceles or scalene. To this very day children today are still part of this deviant practice. Mainly practiced in Communist countries but also in primary/elementary schools children are forced to "play" the three (hence a triangle and Illuminati) most dark instruments ever created: The recorder, tambourine and the Triangle. However when they "play" the instruments it is actually act which symbolises that they have given up their souls to the Illuminati.

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I used to go to triangle lessons - I started when I was six years old, but unfortunately ended up quitting my lessons aged 15 because it is such a difficult instrument and it was taking up a lot of my school time and was eating into my social life. Maybe in a few years when I don't have so much going on I may start music lessons again. I hope one day I will finally master the ability to play such a beautiful and complex instrument.

Such a hard instrument. I am currently playing it and just can't the hang of wacking something so delicate with a stick. It traumatises me. I am currently preparing for my grade 100. I can't play for that long as my arms get tired. This is well harder than anything else hear. I am shocked no one has voted for it.

I hit mine once and it broke in half... Okay, maybe I shouldn't have used an axe but that's besides the point... It's super difficult to play if you don't have the right tools and don't know what you're doing.

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Good tonality on a recorder is difficult to achieve. A player must blow at a constant pressure in order to achieve a reasonable pitch. Also, to achieve satisfactory dynamics a user must know his/her instrument very well as a fluctuation in strength of blowing, the pitch can change. It takes a lot of skill to play a recorder well.

I know the recorder gets a lot of bad press, but any plastic instrument played by children under the age of 10 would sound terrible.

This was hands down the absolute easiest instrument I've ever played in my life time!

Not too hard. I played as a kid. Have to be careful not to blow to hard and to cover finger hole but this should definitely be above the triangle!

I thought Singing was the hardest

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