10 Best String Instruments

The Top Ten 10 Best String Instruments

1 Guitar

Ah yes, guitar with top spot. As expected, too. It actually deserves this. Unlike violin. To bad sounding and popular. This is just so beautiful.
Vote guitar! - Idkcats

I play guitar and it is SO fun. It's also pretty impressive to play one.

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

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

2 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.

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.

Harp sounds the best! It instantly calms me when I play.

3 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.

No, hun. I'm sorry but-- violin is not a rich or good instrument in general. It has a nice way of expressing music yet it lacks the ability to have the beautiful tone that it needs. While the violin is alright, there are so many other instruments that deserve this spot. - Idkcats

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.

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

4 Morin Khuur

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

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

Very Bold with a strong taste of classical music (and of course other songs too)

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).

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.

7 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.

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

I play the bass for my school orchestra and truly fell in love with the instrument. it sounds great with many genres such as classical, jazz, metal, pop, and folk. something great about it is that I've never met a mean bassist in my life. I feel like most people that chose bass have a lot in common with each other. I like to have friends in the bass section that get me and understand that the bass is underrated and don't get all snobby about how they're instruments are "the most important" like the violinists do.

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).

8 Viola

I LOVE PLAYING THE VIOLA. The Viola to me is so rich and has the most classical sound. The Viola is like a Cello and a Violin at the same time. I also feel like the violin is one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play. I've learned how to play 7 rings with my orchestra class and I can't wait to learn something else as well.

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.

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.

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

9 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.

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

The ukulele is by far my favorite string instrument, because it's easy to pick up and it feels very cool to play it

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

The Contenders

11 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

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

12 Mandolin

It is really cool instrument to play

My favourite instrument. Beware for playing melodies

Best instrument from super Asia

Only good string instrument

13 Lyre

It is really cool instrument to play

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


14 Lute


15 Dobro


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16 Pipa

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

I play pipa. it sounds awesome and strong and powerful

17 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...

18 Fiddle

I love the fiddle my friend plays it I go to sea isle elementery but I play cello it might be hard at first but practs and you will be beter - INDIA SHOLAR

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.

I like fiddling with my fiddle.

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

19 Oud

You never get wrong on it

20 Chapman stick

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

Common people, look it up...

I love the sound of this instrument!

Beautiful sound.

21 Veena

It is awesome

22 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.

23 Bazantar


24 Bouzouki

The best

25 Hurdy Gurdy

A sound like no other!

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 Psaltery

Ronald weeks

This sounds awesomazing!

33 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.

34 Ukelin
35 Octobass

Deepest of the string family

36 Autoharp
37 Mandola
38 Alto Violin

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

39 Demicil
40 Banjitar
41 Wheelharp

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

42 Surbahar
43 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.

44 Shamisen

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

45 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 is NOT a string instrument.

46 Puerto Rican Cuatro

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

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