10 Best String Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Violin 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.

The violin is the best instrument because it has a way of expressing music like no other instrument can. Even out of the string instruments, I would say that it is the best because it has a rich, smooth sound and a little uniqueness that just makes it the best. Expressing emotions and such are very easy to do on the violin, as the force of the bow, the position you are in, and the way you finger the strings (harmonics, pizzicato, etc.) can very easily change the feel of a certain piece of music. All in all, I would say that the violin is the best because of the expressions, and tones of the violin.

I love the violin it sounds so beautiful, in fact I used to play. Its beauty of tone and its outstanding range of emotional expressiveness make it an ideal solo instrument!

Vote for violin!

The ONLY reason guitar has the top spot is because it is now more popular than violin...and also more accessible. There are now far more guitar players than there are violin players, probably because guitar is much easier to play as a beginner. It takes much more practice to coax beautiful music on the violin, but a worthy pursuit to be sure. There is just no other instrument quite like it for the soloist, and it is truly the greatest stringed instrument of all time.

Violin is awesome

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2 Guitar

So many ways to play it. Anything from Classical Guitar to Thrash Metal. I can't imagine modern music without it. - VADERtheIMPALER

I like playing Guitar, and my favorite song that I played is the Thousand Years Part 2

Playing guitar is just so much fun, you can do (almost) every type of music with it, it is just a very versatile instruments

Best on here. You could strum it, pull it, tap on it, sweep on it, even you can slap on it. - zxm

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3 Cello

Cellos are awesome and they totally deserve to be in at least the top five. They set a strong tone, deep and nice, but not high and sometimes squeaky like that violin.

Cellos are THE BEST instrument in my opinion. Such a rich sound and so much emotion can be expressed through it! I play the cello and it is my therapy, I love my cello dearly - it is so gorgeous and I think of it as a human, that is how much emotion it shows. (Not to say that other instruments aren't good).

Don't listen to those stereotypes! Cellists are not dumb hicks! I play the cello, and I have skipped three grades in math and two in all of the other subjects. Take that!

I love this instrument! My friend plays the cello and it's so beautiful.

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4 Viola

When I first decided that I was going to play the Viola, I was a bit worried that the diversity of the different kinds of music that could be played on this instrument would not compare to the Violin. However, once I learned, I fell in love with the beautiful, rich tone of the Viola, and as I learn even more challenging pieces, I fall deeper in love with the wide range of notes that can be played by this instrument. Another perk the instrument has is that colleges and specialty schools usually have a surplus of Violin and Cello players that apply and audition, but not as many Violas. This means that you have a better chance of making it into a music school.

I think the viola is the best string instrument out there, it has a more full sound than the violin and its registration is like a bridge between cello and violin, it is very underrated when it comes to solo music, but you can adapt much of the large violin repertoire to the viola and like me you can compose some of your own solo music for it, besides everyone wants to play the violin and the viola is a more original and in my opinion best choice

The viola has a deeper sound, so it's better in contrast to the violin's nails-on-a-chalkboard sound. They're also not too tiny like a violin or too big like a cello. They're right in between. Without violas, the orchestra's songs wouldn't sound as good; they wouldn't have the harmony that pulls it all together.

Viola has a deep, beautiful mellow sound compared to (Nice-sounding, but high) sound of the viola, or the menacing sound of the cello, it's the perfect in the middle instrument. Definitely deserves to be higher on the list

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5 Ukulele

I own a ukulele and I have become so popular at school. It is so easy to play and I would recommend it to any people looking for a start in string instruments.

I play, and it's so easy to get into and fun and beautiful and soothing. Also I feel like Tyler Joseph.

I don't have a ukulele but I have to do this worksheet and I have to use string instruments

It's so fun and quite simple and it's an instrument of peace

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6 Bass

I'd put guitar at number 1 because its such a versatile and badass instrument that is used throughout multiple genres and violin at number 2 because of its sheer difficulty and history. But I voted for bass because of its highly underrated and really does make good tones and spreads good vibes to those who listen to it. You disagree? Listen to soul to squeeze by RHCP and you'll see that the bass can be a melodic and cool instrument. I just love the way a bass feels under my fingers as I'm doing a lick... Even though I'm primarily a piano player. I use finesse when playing the keye, but with that bass you really gotta manhandle it with a big screw you. Bass is awesome lol

Really I believe it is one of the most important out there for a band and it's the best and coolest. I'd like to learn. I love bass and every band needs it no matter what!

In most modern music, it's absolutely necessary and sets a foundation for what all of the other parts R. It's also powerful, and in my opinion, equally as versatile as guitar (and I play both).

Many people don't know the importance of bass in music ( I also didn't know). Turn of the bass from your song. And then you'll know how much important bass guitar is. Especially in metal songs. All the instruments will sound weird. - zxm

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7 Sitar

Classical Indian music is incredible, in the sense of buildup and release, it is very much like metal.

Very old, but some of the best songs ever played long ago were from people who played the Sitar. Not the best, but it is one of the most legendary. - booklover1

I play the sitar, and trust me, the only reason it's not number one is because it is a little known instrument.

Best of the best instrument in the world no other instruments can reach its hight

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8 Piano 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.

There are so many beautiful piano pieces that I just love to listen to because they take me somewhere. It has such an amazing range of sound and is such a thrill to play. Other instruments often require piano accompaniment which is a true testimony to the quality of this instrument

...even if it is technically a percussion instrument...

The piano is not a stringed instrument; yes it has strings, but you use hammers to strike the strings, therefore it is a percussion instrument.

Piano is a unique instrument. It's a little sad that it's so large, therefore, difficult to carry around, but it's really beautiful.

Great instrument.

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9 Harp

Harps are amazing! They are the soothing sound of silk

The sound is just lovely and it doesn't do super high pitched, irritating sounds and ugly stuff. It's just so soothing and calm! I may have never played a harp but I know it is good. Wish I had it...

It just takes you to an alternate universe when you here the beautiful sound.

When I hear a Welsh harp being played,I become calm and emotional straight away.Also a male voice choir unaccompanied.

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10 Banjo

Banjo music makes me feel fun and alive. It is the epitome of the American spirit. In Teluride Colorado they have a Bluegrass Festival that is amazingly fun and the most featured of all the instruments seems to be the banjo along with the fiddle.

I love playing the banjo after a hard day of work on the farm

Banjo has a cool sound most string instruments can't make.

You should differentiate between 5 string (blue grass) and 4 string (tenor/folk) banjo's...big difference. I'm one of the few that play's the four string & I tell ya...it's just plain fun to play and as easy to play as an ukulele. The tenor banjo is usually played by strumming like a rythym guitar, although it can be picked as well. Just a fun, versatile, instrument that may make a comeback some day like the ukulele has. There is also the "banjolele".

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The Contenders

11 Mandolin

It is really cool instrument to play

My favourite instrument. Beware for playing melodies

Best instrument from super Asia

Only good string instrument

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12 Lyre

It is really cool instrument to play

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13 Pipa

A Pipa is a Chinese lute with a strange but great sound. Plan on learning somehow.

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14 Balalaika

The Balalaika has a very distinctive Russian/slavic folk sound, it is by far my favorite instrument but unfortunately many Westerners can't appreciate it. The Balalaika is not easy to learn with the limited resources available compared to similar instruments but that's one of the things that makes it so unique and mystical.

I swear somebody is making these up...

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15 Chapman stick

Beautiful instrument, rivals the guitar easily despite it's less conventional shape.

I love the sound of this instrument!

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16 Fiddle

I like fiddling with my fiddle.

This is the same as violin why is this even here?

17 Dobro
18 Lute
19 Bazantar V 1 Comment
20 Oud V 1 Comment
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