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.

I play the violin and it is very easy when you start playing and has a beautiful sound

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.



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2 Guitar

Its versatile and quite easy when compared to something like violin or piano, a close competitor is probably ukelele because of its size, but guitar has more notes and pitch varieties because guitars has more frets

I'm being kinda biased right now because my dad plays guitar.

Versatile, portable, and addictive.

You can play lots of tunes on it.

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

SO deep and rich

I love low-pitched instruments. Double bass is cool and all, but it is large. Cello has good range for its size. It can be used in all kinds of music.

The Best

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.

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4 Viola

The viola is really nice, especially with how you get the low sound of a cello and the high sound of a violin at the same time. You could get melodies that include lower and higher pitches. Having all of this in one instrument is amazing, and I don't regret choosing to play the viola one bit, despite what basically most violinists say about it.

This instrument is a beauty. It has high and low strings. It even has the same strings as the violin except MORE! To make it EVEN better, its heavier weight than the violin makes it more exercise. Plus, the violas bigger size than the violin makes you stretch your arms. In my opinion, I think the viola is the best instrument in at least strings. It also has a pitch range. I play the viola for two or three months and I'm already LOVING it. Now I'm learning the song Dreidel. Posted 12/18/2018

Viola's are amazing and mis-understood instruments.

The viola is a lovely instrument. It has a great sound, and you can switch between the bass and the melody in songs, or even get your own part.

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5 Ukulele 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.

It makes good sound

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.

It's really nice and easy to play. Also, like other people, I feel like Tyler Joseph

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6 Bass

I am a Bassist now. I started in my early childhood as a keyboardist, all the way through to senior secondary school. I love the double-bass (aka upright bass) and also the acoustic / electric bass guitar. Most people would agree how much of an impact the bass will make to a song that was written to include it. I love using a bit of silence to drive home this point (and to allow the other performers some attention). Essentially, without the bass, the performance is generally more intimate; and with the bass (played by a talented bassist) it can be very lively.

Especially if this is talking about the Double Bass

It makes everything sound cooler

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

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7 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.

The Piano just is the most beautiful instrument I know. When you read all about the violin or the guitar being the best instrument, nobody realises that all of what was said to those instruments are true also for the piano. Plus on the piano you can play all alone without sounding thin or boring. When you improvise, it is the best instrument, because all of the music that is in your head, you can put out and play. You can play rhythmically, you can play with feelings, you can play like if you were singing, as you can with a violin. And still you can play in any genre as the guitar can. And with the modern evolution with all the keyboards and synthesizers, there is nothing, that tops the piano and its related instruments. I love being a pianist and I never wanted to play another instrument, because with a piano, you can sound and play like any instrument can.

The sound of a piano soothes the mind, relaxes, takes you to a tranquil place. You can also be demanding, exert yourself, be strong then in a split second your sweet, soothing, calm as an ocean breeze.

It is percussion and string

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...

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8 Harp 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.

Love the instrument

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.

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9 Banjo

The banjo is my favorite instrument to play!

It has such a nice unique sound and tone to it that makes you want to keep picking it up, and many people of all ages will certainly enjoy hearing you play it!

Some instruments are associated with a certain country (like sitar for India, classical guitar for Spain, and Mandolin for Italy), for the Banjo its sound spells out America!

The Banjo has long been a source of entertainment for many people throughout history. The instrument was based of similar instruments from Africa when black slaves came over, eventually the design was improved with more European instrument traits. That I think shows the melting pot American culture is. It’s great to see the banjo nowadays reach far beyond America and have its great sound spreaded across the world.

If you want to play a string instrument, but want to play something unique, the banjo is certainly a instrument to look at!


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

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10 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.

The most melodious instrument

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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

I love this instrument as it sounds like a velvet. Melon


13 Lute


14 Dobro

Sustainable notes great for slide,blues and swampy songs use open tunings GADDAD to begin with Jim my Page


15 Pipa

I play pipa. it sounds awesome and strong and powerful

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

I don't even know what a Pipa is

I think pipa is a good instrument

16 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.

It sound really funny

This has a weird name

I swear somebody is making these up...

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17 Fiddle

I play the violin and I love the sound of it. It's so melodious. Love the violin. Violists should really switch to the violin.

Viola is the worst instrument. It has an ugly c string, never has solos and is boring. I highly recommend you switch to violin, violist. - Uche1

I like fiddling with my fiddle.

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

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18 Chapman stick

Beautiful sound.

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

Common people, look it up...

I love the sound of this instrument!

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19 Oud

You never get wrong on it

20 Bazantar


21 Zither

Die wiener philharmoniker have a musician playing the Zither. The zither is played in many traditional places in Austria and the Alpine countries. A sound that pulls on your heart strings, so to say. It is a wonderful accompanying instrument to traditional folk songs.

22 Veena

It is awesome

23 Hurdy Gurdy

A sound like no other!

24 Bouzouki

The best

25 Bass Guitar

Bass usually means bass guitar. So its kinda duplicate here. Double-bass is different - zxm

26 Dulcimer

Best sound of all the strings

Love the sound

This has such a soothing, mezmerizing sound, and I love it.

27 Mandocello
28 Double Bass

My first instrument was the viola, and we already never get any fun parts. But my orchestra class for my grade, didn't have a bass, so I started playing that too. Even though of course it gets the harmony, those parts are fun too. Playing the instrument that no one wanted to is great

29 Sarangi

King of emotions.

30 Sarod
31 Erhu

I am Marianne and this instrument came from where my ancestors live in.

32 Hammered Dulcimer

An awesome instrument tat can play melodies and accompaniment together (like a piano). Definitely check these out on UTube (Check out Mary Jensen,original music and standards). Very resonant and beautiful.

33 Autoharp
34 Psaltery

Ronald weeks

This sounds awesomazing!

35 Ukelin
36 Octobass

Deepest of the string family

37 Alto Violin

The violin section is not the saxophone section. It is called a viola. - Uche1

38 Mandola
39 Morin Khuur

This instrument sounds incredibly distinct and sometimes rather eerie, nothing compares to it

40 Demicil
41 Banjitar
42 Wheelharp

It's a combination of a violin and piano 🎻🎹

43 Surbahar
44 Rabab

Known as the lion of instruments is one of two national instruments of Afghanistan and is the ancestor of the south Asian Sarud/Sarod/Sarood. It is the first instrument used by the Sikhism.

45 Shamisen

A distinctive three-stringed instrument. Hear it and think of Japan

46 Puerto Rican Cuatro

This should be on the top 5 (to be conservative)

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