Most Versatile Musical Instruments

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1Guitar

It has a wide range of tones, from high to low, you can play melody, rhythm or both at the same time. You can play all styles of music, from classical, country, jazz, blues, pop, rock to heavy metal and many more! You have a wide range of techniques to use and you can play classical etudes and heavy metal solos and latin music, etc... and it has a rich sound. You can even play on your own and make it sound like there are two or three guitars.

For the piano it could be said the same, but I go for guitar because you can take it wherever you want to go and jam with it no matter with whom or in what place, while piano you really can't bring anywhere with you if that place does not provide you with another piano to play on. So I say guitar!

Classical, Country, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal... You can play Absolutely any Genre with the Guitar!
End of Story! - Nirmal1991USA

Totally agree with 'Nirmal1991USA'.
You can use the Guitar for Any style of Music...

I say guitar as it can be used for pretty much every genre (I'm struggling to find a genre you can't play on guitar.) The only problem with it is that you can only play 6 notes at time but you can get 7, 8 and 9 string guitars.

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2PianoThe piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

No offense to guitarists, but... any melody, any chord, anything you play on a guitar, you can play on a piano. The same applies for almost ANY instrument. Sure, it doesn't have the twang of a guitar, the soaring air of a violin, or the sexiness of a saxophone, but this list is for most versatile, not best-sounding! - PetSounds

Keyboards/piano can play any genre. And can cover all the musical bases if played solo bass, rhythm, harmony, and melody, all at the same time.

While the guitar is great for portability, the piano can have multiple persons playing any assortment of notes at the same time, creating brilliant pieces of music.

Can you play the fast and heavy metal solos on a piano

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3Clarinet

Great instrument for me after I was good at playing the recorder love this Instrument because it has a great quality sound easy to tune if you are sharp or flat on a single note.

This awesome instrument has a wide range of tones styles and notes

4ViolinThe violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

I'm not saying it is a bad instrument, but you can only play Classical and Country pretty much. - SuperCharged

This is a beautiful instrument. You create,the notes, not just play them. Even though this is true to some extend with all instruments it is especially true with string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello,and base.

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5Flute

Flute is everywhere - classical music, jazz, rock (Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, Camel, Genesis), celtic music (can you find sax or clarinet playing Irish tunes, for exemple? ).

6Drums

Come on, what is music without a beat?

Where would music be without drums

7Cello
8Voice/choir
9Bass

Take away the bass from any song of any genre what are you left with? An empty sounding song with no heart and soul. Sometimes you are left with absolutely nothing. It's the foundation for any great song.

Take away the bass from a song and what are you left with? An empty sounding song with no heart or anything driving it along. It's the foundation for any song

This is the instrument dumbass

Dubstep that is all that is needed to be said

We are talking double bass, bass guitar, etc. Not that electronic stuff. - BigBadBeast

10Trumpet

The range of emotions a good trumpeter can bring to fruition outstrips probably any other wind instrument. It's ability to seamlessly transition from raw power to muted sorrow puts this one up behind piano.

Concert, jazz, rock (haven't you seen the half time show? ) Blues, spymphanic. It sounds great too.

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11Ukulele

An underrated instrument that is second only to the guitar in versatility. The one thing that the Uke has over the guitar is its greater degree of portability. If I were backpacking anywhere in the world. I would carry my Uke in comfort and ease. The guitar would be waiting for me when I arrived back home.

It is hugely under used when instruments like saxophones that sound as a cat has had its tail stood on are favoured.

12Accordion
13Synthesizer

Can emulate and faithfully recreate virtually all of the instruments out of this list... And create lots and lots of new, previously unheard sounds. Sonic capabilities of the synthesizer are endless.

Combine theory and pracitice from playing the piano, and knowledge in sound engineering and you got arguably one of the most versatile instruments in our modern world.
With a synth, the sky and your own creativity is the limit.

14Ocarina

It should be number 1 because you can use it to travel through time, teleport to places, change the time of day, and summon storms.

15Saxophone

Jazz, Concert, Symphonic, Rock, Blues. The sax has it all

Can be played in many different genres along with different styles

Rock, concert band, gospel, jazz, salsa, it can play them all

16Euphonium
17Viola
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19Trombone

I've played trombone in marching band, classical beand, jazz band, orchestra, show choir band, and even a ROCK BAND. I've never played something that doesn't sound good on a trombone.

Jazz, pop, rock, concert band, pep band, marching band, ballads, epic backgrounds to movies, Trombone has it all. including Glissing! )

20Harmonica

Very lightweight, portable, and cheap, the harmonica is used in many genres such as blues, jazz, rock, pop, classical, folk, country, etc. It may not be as versatile/popular as the guitar, drums, or piano, but aside from that I believe it beats almost all the other entries on this list.

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