Best Musical Instruments

The Top Ten

1 Piano The 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.

Piano has an Ensemble Sound all on itself when play a certain way which is pretty awesome(surround sound). It can hold notes at different times for different effects which is also a plus. The sound can be real good so for certain it is either Piano or Guitar as one of the best instrument.

Piano, the actual best music instrument and a lot of volume inclusive dense richness as there is more combinations and distinct behavior than the rest of the music instruments. The hammers attaching from the buttons to the insides add another dimension, more to wonder and imagine is it a percussion or string instrument - or perhaps both. There is tempo also, and use of feet is possible for even more good sound. It is a perfect complete bundle of a musical gift. There comprising 5 or more eras of history on the piano to go with it even too. It has Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, then final with Modern...all to present times and beyond. A well respectable choice.

Of course there are tons of variety of instruments in the world and each instruments has it's own beauty. But piano, It is not only sound such so beautiful but very unique.. In every songs I heard, every time when piano kicks in, the song began to breath life. The sound of piano has invisible hand that just drag my mind and soul flying like an eagle in the mist of my thoughts. in my opinion, It should be call the father of music instrument along with it's younger brother Guitar as the Prince. Now's day, if you have good keyboard and good piano talent and skills, in my opinion you can get away with buying any other instruments just to hear the good sound. If you can play piano, you basically can play other instruments with piano keyboard. So, yes, Piano deserve number 1 top for me. Thanks!

Versatile, flexible, the biggest repertoire out of any instrument, the most useful composer's weapon of war (the other being his/her head), able to be a stand alone instrument rather needing an orchestra or group to accompany you. literally the ONLY downside to this instrument is that a piano is not easily movable but with modern instruments such as the Keyboard and Keytar, and etc, the piano REALLY is the best instrument in the world. There are a lot of people who play this instrument (vs other instruments ex. Bassoon) which makes the industry very competitive.

I am aspiring to be a composer and I will never forget the days that I played the piano in my youth that gave me the tools which drew me into music and composition. Sadly, my music teacher in school convinced me to play the horn and from there on my composition output has decreased in the past 3.5 years of high school. Now I don't know if it is just that I want what I "don't have", or I really love piano and miss it a ...more

2 Electric Guitar The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable ...read more.

Electric Guitar All the way! True I respect any musician who is good at their instrument, and bass guitar is incredibly under rated. But no other instrument has as much versatility as the guitar. A lot of people have a go at the electric because its easier to play (which makes it better anyway) but that means you can do so much more with it compared to anything else and if it wasn't for amazing guitarists like Eddie Van Halen or Paul Gilbert, we'd still be snoring to Beethoven who was brilliant in his own right, but lets face it. Incredibly mundanely Boring.

I'm playing the electric guitar for almost 25 years now (2017) and it is never getting boring. If I would have played the piano or some other instruments, it would have got boring (maybe not drums, but that wasn't my instrument) for me. On the piano you just can hit buttons and use the foot pedals. But to play the guitar is so much fun and still challenging, because there are so many techniques, like bending, dead notes(which musicians, else than guitarists are using them? Maybe drummers...), sliding, tapping, sweep picking and so on...
I've respect for any musician who is dedicading his life to his choice of instrument and it doesn't really matter, which instrument you've chosen, but if I would have learned any other instrument than the electric guitar, I would already have stopped practising it, because it would have become boring to me. With all its possibilities the guitar is just the best instrument for me and I can't think of a better one.

Unfortunately the kind of people who vote on this kind of site aren’t cultured and experienced enough to know that the electrical guitar is an abhorrent instrument. Although I sometimes use it for a bass line, the electrical guitar, or the guitar in general is an ugly sounding instrument. The genre of rock is not elegant or pleasant sounding. Although some Spanish ACOUSTIC guitar collections are pleasant, this instrument makes an uncouth and ugly sound. Along with most brass instruments, the guitar does not deserve such a place on this list. The piano, flute and violin are all examples of beautiful sounding instruments. Some people have commented about the versatility of the instrument (of course they did not use these words, as seeing as they consider this instrument to be superior to any other I assume them to be of low intelligence), but the harsh synthetic sound made by the electrical guitar can only be used in bad genres.

No question, ugh and the picture is a schecter! Guitar is a wonderful instrument, very expressive once you know how to think a tune and know exactly how to play it as well as having the technical skills to play pretty much anything. My mom plays piano and I love the piano as well, sax and drums are also really interesting but this is hands down my favorite.

3 Drums

People will say that drums are the backbone of every song, and talk about their main reason for being is to control the time and tempo. But don't underestimate the variety and flexibility of percussion instruments, they can be as quiet, as loud, fast or slow, technical or simple as need be.

Very important, very intense, very fun instrument.

With it's solid heart-shaking kicks, striking rollings which can be done on snare, and it's king-like appearance, drums definitely can be said to be the king of all musical instruments. Drums make people feel that music is very cool. The thrashing sound can only be done on no other musical instrument except the cymbal of drums. Long live drums. Whenever I play you I gain so much peace that I cannot express it in words. Drums is my favourite musical instrument.

John Deacon is the most underrated person in the industry. He simultaneously created some of the greatest songs of all time while being the most underrated player of all time. How does that happen? The only person that even compares to that level of unfairness is George Harrison.

Ah wait this is the Drum section. Roger Taylor falsetto, Ringo great dummer

The best musical instrument that has ever been created on the earth. No musical instrument was, has been or will be created ever like drums. Because of its tight sounds on kicks, snares and toms and thrashing sounds on cymbals and open hi hats drums definitely deserve the top position in this list.

4 Bass Guitar

A lot of people don't like the bass because it is "barely hearable" and "just root notes on the first two string" and "guitar for the stupid". I tell you it definitely is not those things and the bass is an incredibly hard and awesome instrument. From great rhythms (David Ellefson, Geddy Lee) to lead bass (John Entwistle, Flea, Cliff Burton), it is all possible. The bass can make or breake the band, Iron Maiden, Metallica, they wouldn't be this great if it wasn't for the bassists. Still don't believe me bass is important? Go listen to: Anesthesia pulling teeth, YYZ, The Chicken, Portrait of Tracy, Eagle Fly Free (helloween), The Trooper, Metropolis Part 1, Coffee Shop, Under Pressure or Another One Bites The Dust

As a bass player myself for over 6 years now, I can safely say that we do not get nearly as appreciated as other band members. What people don't understand about bass is that it's not supposed to be played like a lead electric guitar, but instead hold down the groove and provide a support structure for the rest of the band (especially with the drummer). Also, bass is such a versatile instrument too, for its ability to handle so many different musical styles (reggae, pop, metal, classic rock, alt rock, jazz, funk, you name it). I believe that one of the greatest bass players of all time is James Jamerson, as if you listen to any of his legendary Motown bass lines, you will notice the full beauty and complexity that will overthrow the stereotype that bass is easy or boring.

its not only the melody that has fun playing songs and its mostly easy to memorise their parts too. It's quiet enough when it's not pluged in so you can rock'n roll in the night without your family waking up!

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.

5 Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

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

Saxophone is truly amazing. The noise it makes is just fantastic and it works with anything. It's most well known for its appearance in many amazing jazz classics and honestly, music wouldn't be the same without it. It works with so much, you can even play it with classical songs and it still sounds fab! I know from experience that it is actually fairly easy to play once you get the hang of it. After you know all the notes and how to create a good sound it is pretty easy to keep going. Also, it is like so many other instruments; if you learned recorder in school but never really enjoyed it, saxophone is easy to pick up afterwards since it has similar fingerings and notes are almost the same. I just love saxophone so much and I believe it could get higher than this. GO SAXOPHONE!

Who wouldn't choose the saxophone? It can go from a wide range of jazz and rock, to romantic and slow. Flutes and clarinets are mostly used for classical arrangements and the bagpipes are for... oh. But seriously, the saxophone, when played right, has a beautiful sound that comes out of the horn and deserves its place in the rankings.

I started playing the saxophone since I was 10 years old. When I first got it, I hated my instrument. But then I started to have a great crave for it. Although the saxophone is a fantastic instrument, it is VERY difficult to play. There is so much buttons on it and you could easily press the wrong one. So you have to make sure you understand your notes so it could prevent you from making the wrong sound. Also, some of the songs I play are fast so I have to move my fingers to that tempo and my arms are not that long. It's a big struggle but I will always love the SAXOPHONE. It is a beautiful instrument!

6 Violin The violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

One of the most beautiful sounding instruments. One day, I wish I can find someone who plays the violin so I can do a piano-violin duet with them

I've always loved the violin, even since I was a little girl, and I've been taking violin on and off the past 5 years now (I am 11 now) I'am now taking lessons, and in 8 weeks I can play SO MANY PRETTY EASY SONGS! If you are talking classical, I would say that violin is by far one of the best and easiest instruments to play. If you play it right, you get a clear, beautiful sound. It is really pretty looking, too so, if you are interested in learning to play a classical music instrument, I would say go with violin. There's also the electric violin...but I don't know too much about it-except that it's really cool and modern looking (in my opinion).
The only thing that I find hard about the violin is not making a squeaky sound when you switch strings, and making sure that your bow doesn't get into the bridge section or fingerboard. Other than that, I'd say that the violin is really easy to play.
Rock on, Violin!

Violin is a versatile musical instrument. Expressive, elegant, solemn, and virtuoso, one has to be really dexterous to be able to perform a variety of difficult techniques or strokes. "Indeed, the violin seems to lend itself to virtuosity more than any other instrument (its only possible rival is the piano)." I am both an apprentice luthier and a violinist for a few years now so I have an amazing bond with this instrument. Once one has mastered this instrument, each play is euphoric!

Violin, along with others such as Mandolin (In my own opinion deserves to be at the top with Acoustic Guitar) are the best. I am a little bias though. I prefer instruments such as reeds, string, and piano simply because of the versitile nature of them. I would be more specific as to those that I mentioned but it would make this passage too long winded. Also, I would recognize the ukulele as a top instrument because of it is an excellent beginner instrument and it sounds wonderful once you master it.

7 Acoustic Guitar An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically - by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air - as opposed to relying on electronic amplification.

Acuostic guitar are the best of all instruments... The biggest advantage of such guitars is that you can take them anywhere you want because no electricity is needed... It is also the hardest instrument so very less people can play it...Therefore guitarists are more popular than pianists.

The sound of acoustic guitar is the sweetest sound that I have ever heard in my entire life. When one plays it from string 6 to string 1 consecutively, then it produces such a powerful effect that it can even make a mourning person smile.

You can go any place, at a barbeque, campfire or any other place where you and friends come together. Just pull out the guitar and you'll be a hit at the party and from personal experience, ladies really likes a good guitar player.

Acoustic all the way mate, it's a boss my friend. Pick up and play, once you've endured, and you will be the most versatile man in town. Electric? Ph, acoustic will make any day with the natural sounds and drums and piano are a strong competitor but, na mate

8 Trumpet A trumpet is a blown musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family.

Think. What would do in almost any type of band without the trumpets? You wouldn't be a real band. Trumpets are the heart of most bands and those who practice it can do basically anything in music

Best instrument every! Very patriotic and makes a great sound. Its vial in bands and orchestra. Many scholarships are offered for it. The trumpet can play just about any song. Handles ALL genres (Classic, jazz, etc.)! Its not easy but its fun. Go Trumpet!

The trumpet is a very versatile instrument. The tone can be manipulated to be either soft and almost flute-like or a blasty, striking brass sound. The instrument usually leads the jazz band or orchestra with it's striking tonal qualities.

It is the most powerful and best sounding instrument when played correctly. It also handles all genres nicely and has a beautiful range. On top of that, there are almost no other high brass instruments, making it unique and quite popular.

9 Flute The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

I play the flute, it’s has such a clean and pure sound.
At first it takes time to get your embouchure, but then you get it and viola! You become the classical musician you wanted to be.

Flute is my main instrument but I also play piano and baritone saxophone on the side. I really enjoy playing flute because, when played correctly, it produces a very pretty sound, particularly in the lower octaves. It takes a lot of air to make a sound on flute, but is fairly simple when you know how to play it. I love flute because it's easier to produce good tone and sound quality than some brass instruments, but there is no extra hassle or struggle that reeded instruments come with.

Everyone is all like flute is so tiny and so easy. WELL GUESS WHAT!? It's the hardest woodwind instrument to play, so back off. And it takes A LOT of air to play the flute, fast and strong air. And not all of the air you blow will make it into the flute. And we don't even have a mouth piece, we have a head joint with a hole in it that we blow into. And when the PERFECT amount of air is blown into the flute, you'll hear the most beautiful sound ever. - A Fellow Flute Player

I think flutes deserve at least a 3! I've played for 4 years so far, and it helps me play piano; by changing my fingering a lot. I play in school band and practice about 20 minutes EVERY DAY at home. At least. The sound range is pretty nice, you can go really high. It is rather difficult to get the sound right sometimes, but it's not nearly as pricy as some other instruments. I carry my flute around nearly all day and it is so light and portible. I LOVE MY FLUTE!

10 Guitar

I respect all instruments and musicians because it takes skill to play any instrument but with guitars you can play so many different types of music and they have had a huge influence in modern music.

The guitar can soothe any song you like. Take an example of hip hop or pop which you like you can play. There are 4 types of guitar- Bass, Electric, Nylon, Acoustic.

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?

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

The Contenders

11 Keyboards

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.

Keyboards are practically the same as pianos and they are more fun because you can try out different sounds, if you can play the key board you can play anything!

They make most of the other best interments in one. I love it more than even a guitar. I recommend you try a keyboard because I love it hope you will to

12 Clarinet

I've been playing clarinet for four and a half years after switching from brass (trumpet and baritone), and from my experience in my school band (for my school it starts at grade 7 and ends at grade 12), the clarinet does not sound good at all when the grade 7 and 8 students play because they are still learning technique and the squeaking is awful. However, usually around grade 9, the clarinets sounds amazing, and out of all the instruments I've played, the clarinet has always been my favourite, and I'll forever be addicted to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Sid Phillips for as long as I live because of my love for the clarinet!

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?

Clarinet is for Male Musicians Instrument, more than 50 notes to play and a lot of different combinations and almost limitless styles of breathing life through the mouth piece. Slower or Faster, Intervals far apart or just continuations less often with a rest. There is also trills, sharps, flats and natural notes plus stratagems. Can also jam out the gut feeling or mood are in at the time and the sound ends out normal anyways. A Beautiful Way to Jump in a Musical Mode of Expression and at the end more than not is real Satisfied of a Feeling Remaining With. Good invention, and one of many variations and models of the Clarinet are still to be aught about. The future is always bright with clarinet, hope the wild does not feel poor of such a beautiful musical instrument creating the time to feel real good about music and what the soul or heart might desire as well.

13 Voice

I am a big singer and have been singing for about ten years. It can be loud, soft, and can copy any sound. It is one of the hardest of all instruments because you can tune a violin or a cello but it is hard to tune a voice. Once you get the hang of it, you can add your own special touches to any song.

The human voice is the most emotional, diverse and natural instrument in the world. The possibilities can be infinite since you never know what you're going to get. Also, it can be altered like other instruments with machinery. An instrument anyone can play!

There's no better instrument than the voice, singing is like a talent that same people are good at and some people are not but not like other instruments the voice is natural and gives more chances. It is peace to harmony.

Voices are the best. To be able to sing out words and all that is the best. It gets everyone emotional. Instruments can do that, but voices can tell words and stories with words.

14 Cello The cello or violoncello is a bowed or plucked string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

It has a very resonant sound and a massive three clef range, so it is very diverse, it fits as the backbone to string quartets and adds so much to orchestra's and other set up's. The cello also is amazing as a solo instrument because of the range and styles it is played(Bow, Pizz., Col legno, Spiccato)

The cello is truly an amazing instrument. Out of most instruments, it's the easiest to get tone out of, and after mastering it, you get a beautiful timbre that speaks more than any instrument. The cello also has the easiest fingerings to remember, until you get into thumb position. This instrument also has the greatest octavial range, reaching from C2 all the way to a C6, where violins have to shift into 3rd position in order to reach. Of course, that might not be the best sound, but if you master it, you can play something that no other instrument can play or express. I also like this instrument, because it goes high enough as to not break your eardrums, but not low enough to not be able to hear it. The cello definitely deserved to have a place on this list.

To me, the cello is a perfect way to play like a violin, viola, and maybe even bass. Right now, I have been learning to play it for about 2 years now. For the beginners who have started orchestra or people in middle school who are thinking of orchestra, do the cello. it has one of the richest tones out of all the instruments, and can be easy once you've gone done with the first year of learning it. of course, you always have the option of not playing the cello, But in my opinion, go for it if you want to be playing, any genre; or really want to impress and make the violins, violas, and even bass jealous because you have the most scales, harmonics, and notes out of the instruments in orchestra. So if you are thinking of playing this instrument, I'd do it!

The cello is very underrated in my opinion. I think this is because cellists are a little few and far in between, but they're super cool. I love playing it. When I was in sixth grade, I didn't know if I made the right choice of instrument in orchestra. Now I know I did, and I am a proud cellist who has been playing for over a year and and a half. It is so unique and its not too high of a pitch (violin) or too low of a pitch (bass). And, you are required to sit down to play, a total plus when you're as lazy as me.

15 Synthesizer

A lot of the comments on the synthesizer are super misinformed, especially the people bashing it.

For starters, you need to keep in mind synthesizers come in many shapes and sizes. It could have a keyboard, it may not have a keyboard (such as a modular synthesizer). It takes a lot of knowledge to understand how to fully utilize one. Claiming that it's "laughable" to compare it to the instrument it's trying to emulate isn't exactly a great argument either, as often they aren't used to mimic certain instruments.

To say it "killed" music is completely wrong and makes you look like you have a very limited knowledge and taste in music, and it's also a stubborn take. To say that is completely discrediting all electronic music (and I'm not just talking about EDM, electronic covers way more than just EDM). Consider all kinds of electronic music. How about ambient music? Think of all the amazing things that the synthesizer has allowed. Think of all that would be gone without the ...more

Not a big fan of synthesizers, especially when they're used as the lead instrument. They were originally used to harmonize with the lead instruments to produce nice harmonies and add something extra to make the music sound more complete. Then around the 80s, bands decided "Hey, let's take this background instrument and make it a lead instrument while taking the old lead instruments and either pushing them to the back or getting rid of them altogether." Synthesizers killed music by replacing musical instruments with machines made to emulate music.

You're completely discrediting the entirety of electronic music and beyond with this statement. Synthesizers did not "kill" music, they helped music thrive and evolve.

The synth is the future of music. It represents the untapped potential of the imagination. A good analogue synth is not used as an emulation of other instruments, but rather as a means to creat never before heard sounds. It can be used as the lead, backup, and vocals of a song. At the same time. A true symbol of human ingenuity.

The synthesizer is the ONLY instrument where YOU get to create the sound it produces. Guitars, Drums, Pianos, and every other single instrument all sound relatively similar in some regards. For synthesizers, that's a different story.

16 Ukulele The ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

What can't you do with a Uke?! This has to be one of the best instruments out there. Go anywhere with it. Play anything with it. The only downsides to it are what size Uke will I take with me? Sopranissimo, Soprano, Concert, Tenor or Bass. Will I use a standard gCEA tuning or do I want to go with a low G string or with a Bass Uke and its guitar like bottom four strings? The plus to all that is I love my Tenor in standard tuning. It goes nearly everywhere I go (along with my Harmonica and a travellers 3 piece Irish whistle). A persons got to have music after all.

The ukulele is such a versatile instrument. Hands down the best instrument to play on chill and relaxing days. It relieves one's stress with just a couple chords. While you can't get the raw power of an electric guitar, you get more of melodic, comforting sound. Definitely belongs in the top three, not rank 15 (how did the bag pipes get a better score haha)

The ukulele puts a smile on everyone's face! Playing it is like a mini-vacation to the islands. It's an under appreciated instrument and is as versitile as your playing skills allow. Listen to Jake Shimabokuru: he can play any genre on it! I've played violin, piano, bass violin, guitar, but now I love the ukelele. The uke is very portable, too. Who takes their piano on vacation with them?!

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

17 Organ

I love the pipe organ, and not just simply because it is the instrument my theme is played on. No, because it is the one instrument that can accurately play for anyone. It can be dark, beautiful, sad, emotional and the like. The sole instrument that focuses on every emotion.

Most of the people would say the best 3 musical instruments is the Piano, Violin & Guitar. But for me I disagree for this. Because I feel this is unfairly. Due to our world had many types genre of music such as classical, jazz, rock & pop. In here I would using Classical & Jazz(include popular music) to describe which is the best 3 musical instruments in classical & jazz. Due to some of musical instruments are good in Jazz some are good in classical way. In classical music the top 3 musical instruments is the pipe organ, violin & classical guitar. And the Jazz music would be the Piano, Soprano Saxophone & Archtop Guitar(Jazz Guitar).

By far the Pipe Organ is really the best musical instrument in the classical music. I have listen both musical instruments(Organ & Piano) performs in classical music I found out the Organ richer & glorify sound that the Piano is can't be conquer. So I think the Piano is more suitable for modern music not for classical.

Any instrument is powerless against the pipe organ just like a man is powerless against a god, it is so versatile and complex, it can create any sound and it is just as powerful as an orchestra, the reason it is in churches is reminds people of god. It is by far above any instrument, anyone who says otherwize is because either they haven't heard Toccata und Fuge or they are crazy. The greatest composer of all time was a master of organ JSB, and Mozart called it the king of instruments, but for me it is more like the god.

The organ is a general group of instruments. So in this comment in going to speak about the theatre organ, also known as the mighty Wurlitzer. Designed to accompany silent films, it is in a way, an acoustic synthesiser, a one man orchestra. It is capable of playing music of any genre. From organ classical, orchestral, light classical, pop, rock and dance, it'll do it all. It even has real instruments such as xylophones, glockenspiels, piano, drums etc inside. It should absolutely be in the top 10!

18 Harp The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers.

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.

I was at a wedding once and at the reception an attractive thirtysomething woman was playing the harp. I was very drunk and stood about five yards away from her, mesmerized, The next thing I remember, I was wrestling my second cousin on the lawn. He had heard I slandered him and was giving me what for. The woman harp player got up and broke up the fight. I love the harp.

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.

The harp is a beautiful sounding instrument, but over summer holidays I just "forgot" to play it as I am very impatient and it is quite hard...

19 Bagpipes Bagpipes are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.

I quit playing guitar because it's boring and every pimple faced high school freshman plays "in a band" I took on bagpipe and it is the most wonderful instrument ever! It takes heart, dedication, practice, patience, persistence, maturity, and more. To the fellow who commented "who really plays bagpipes? " Thousands of talented people play world wide, there is even competitions and different grades of players. Bagpipes are an ancient instrument that have seen its share of war and peace time, competition and just playing for self fulfillment and enjoyment. I find it a bit disheartening to see the celestial bagpipe ranked below the cereal box instrument know as the ukulele.

I've played several instruments but the bagpipes, by far, take #1 (and deserves a much better picture on this site). No other musical instrument has the history going back thousands of years because, evokes more emotion from its listeners, takes such a dedication to practice and tuning to play well with its complicated anatomy which is sensitive to so many environmental factors, has such a unique, intense and beautiful sound, is mentioned several times in the Bible, was played solo on the front lines at war time and the Spartans used several in band form in battle, still widely played today with competitions throughout the world for both young and old and players are increasing, etc.. I played jazz trumpet through college, greatly admire the influence and diversity of guitar and piano, and highly respect all instruments. However, no other has these many unique qualities, history and overall impact on society while still being played by young and old. Bagpipes #1.

Bagpipes have more relevance as a recreational instrument than many other more "traditional" instruments. Time was when communities, factories, and other organizations sponsored marching bands, brass bands, and concert bands, but as unions and other sponsors of those bands have reprioritized funding the ensembles have gradually disappeared. Pipe bands have taken on a similar and growing role in society, but the pipes have the added advantage of being a strong solo instrument, which means their appeal extends to both the individuals who prefer to pursue music on their own and those who enjoy an ensemble community.

In my opinion bagpipes are the greatest instrument made. It is the ONLY instrument to have ever been banned by a foreign government as an "Instrument of War". Due to the feelings generated simply by its sound. I.e. Fear if you're the enemy, or "never say die" by those whom it's meant to support. It is also one of the most complicated to master. There's an old saying by the writer Neil Monroe: "To the making of a piper go seven years of his own learning and seven generations before."

20 Trombone

I am the only trombone player in fifth grade band. The world was a better place when the trombone was invented. The trombone has 7 slides which is why I picked trombone in the first place! I have one question I want you to answer in the comments below. What is your favorite instrument? That is what we should be asking yourself every-single day. Mine is of course as you can tell the trombone. Now ask your selves that question every-single day till you die not even. Stay strong and stick with the trombone. WE NEED MORE TROMBONE PLAYERS IN THIS WORLD!. If not a trombone player become one NOW!

Nobody ever gives the trombone any credit but it is without a doubt the best instrument. It has a sound like no other as it is the closest sound to the human voice except at least I think better than any vocalist out there. The trombone is just as versatile as any instrument on this list and also makes sound no other brass instrument can recreate because of the slide. I can make my trombone sound like a trumpet, I can make it sound like a tuba, I can make it sound like a French horn, but god damn nothing can sound like a trombone.

I play it. Not many people choose it though. Too many people choose the other instruments in band. I agree that guitars and pianos are better due to the majority of songs they can play but, trombone will always be the best in my heart.

I play Trombone, without it I would be lost in the world of music, pop, rock, Jazz, etc. It's a wonderful and enjoyable instrument and I don't know who I would be without it. Not a lot of people play it, it's a great instrument to learn and I hope I could teach more about it to people who think it's not easy. But they haven't tried the beautiful sounding instrument like some of us had

21 Xylophone

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!

The Xylophone often appears as a toy for babies - however, there is much more to this instrument than many think.
"Ragtime Robin" is a prime example

I love xylophones! They sound like skeletons!

Those sound pretty and are easy to play.

22 Viola

The viola is the BEST INSTRUMENT EVER but very underappreciated. It has better sound than a violin and viola parts are often harder, but still the violins take all the credit! :( My opinion is probably biased because I play viola, but YOU SHOULD PLAY IT! I have endured harsh comments about my instrument and been the only viola player in my class, but it's worth it because of the beautiful sound, and you are unique because you dared to play an instrument not many people play. For all violin players reading this: the viola was Mozart's favorite instrument (after the piano) so HA! PLAY THE VIOLA! YOU WON"T REGRET IT. VIOLAZ!

People make to many jokes for Viola when they never heard it. So please, Viola jokes people, do us all a huge favor, and please, stfu. The only instrument you ever heard was probably the cello or violin. But Viola is an alto, meaning it can play right in the middle. Cello's are equally amazing, and the cello players can play Viola, as the cello and Viola have the same strings.
This should be number one.
-An angered Viola player.

BEST INSTRUMENT EVER! It has mellow tones, not squeaky like violins, and not too low like a cello or bass. It's perfect because it's right in the middle. Plus, violas have the prettiest harmonies EVER! This instrument really does NOT get enough credit at all.

Wonderful instrument! It is not squeakily high like the violin, but it is not super low and it is a lot easier to carry than a cello or a bass. We violas are maybe not the ones with the melody most of the time, but the orchestra needs us and we still know how to rock it out!

23 Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.

The world music instrument, par excellence, central to dance traditions everywhere. The accordion can be played very, very simply or with incredible sophistication. The United States, with a few local exceptions, may be the only country in the world that doesn't take the accordion seriously. That is changing but, in the meantime, the accordion is still exotic enough in most settings to be cool!

Probably the most misunderstood instrument out there, when really it has more potential than many think. It isn't just for Serbian folk music. So please people, understand that the accordion is just like any other instrument and stop hating it.

You can have a Melody, then a bass line accompaniment. Then you can accompany your self at the same time! What's not to like?!

Outside of the us the entire world uses this instrument. The accordion can also be used as a one man band, who doesn't like it?

24 French Horn

The French horn is THE BEST instrument ever! It has a rich, mellow sound, and a golden tone that brightens the sound of the band. It is not rich and dark like other bass instruments; rather, it has a rich, bright sound that blends with bands and, if played well, does nice solos. Sure, other instruments can switch notes quicker, and the woodwinds sound really exotic, but the Horn has an unreal, inverted tone that sounds magical. No wonder it plays the theme of Harry Potter! Its tone is rich, yet very clear, especially in the higher register. It has a unique, rich sound, with a delicate feel, making it good for harmonies. It blends well with woodwinds and brass alike, making it quite compatible. Baritone and Sax can mimic its sound a bit, but will never match the Horn's pure, friendly tone. The French Horn is by far the best instrument.

French horn. Big range. Curlywurly. Look awesome. On almost every poster for orchestras. Has a great noise. Baffles the string section. Used in every great film soundtrack. Is extremely hard to play (trust me). Rare. Everyone needs to try this instrument to truly see and feel its true beauty and how you need to be a master to play it.

The French horn is the best because of many reasons... It is the connector between woodwind and brass, it looks cool, it's the longest, it has the best tone, etc. Also, for all you woodwind players that think that nobody uses the horn, look up John Williams. If you don't know who that is, get a life

Please. French horn is EASILY the best sounding instrument when played right. They are extremely hard to learn unlike most of the instruments in the top 10. Just listen to any movie soundtrack and they are loaded with horn solos. That's for a reason, by the way.

25 Tuba

I am a former Trombone player and I switched to the Tuba in band. I LOVE low brass! Everyone thinks our parts are so easy and the instruments (for lack of valves/keys) are considered "easiest". Out of all low brass, (even though we're all awesome) my favorite is my own Tuba. My Best Friend is a clarinetist and we always argue over which instrument is better or harder, TUBA>CLARINET

The Tuba is just as capable as any other brass instrument, even if it is large, heavy, or cumbersome. This being said, I believe it has a beautiful unique sound that resonates with everyone's hearts; literally, as it can mean the world's difference in a concert hall, as to whether or not the bass line is ever heard above much louder instruments. Tubas are not easy to play, for it takes skill, as all instruments do, to be able to produce several octaves' worth of notes with three or more buttons and the human soul.

The tuba is actually an extremely verisitile instrument and is not super easy to play. For example it is usually playing a bass part but it is a great solo and duet instrument. To see some examples of this look up Canadian brass (the song "the saints hallelujah" is a great piece to show case the tuba)

The tuba affords the big fat male nerd an opportunity to be part of something special in high school. Without the tuba, many big fat male nerds would be at a loss for extracurricular activities.

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