Top 10 Best String Instruments

The Top Ten
1 Guitar

Guitar is the greatest instrument ever. Chords, melodies, picking, strumming, rhythm, lead. There is such a wide range of what you can play on guitar from the calm acoustics of Johnny Cash to the orgasm-inducing sounds of The White Stripes to the dirty grunge of Nirvana to the sophisticated riffs of Franz Ferdinand and Pink Floyd. The uses are limitless.

Firstly... You should love the instrument you play... Because when you love it it will love you and you will make a wonderful duet... However, every single instrument has its own sound and music... But I PLAY CLASSICAL GUITAR! I'm a beginner and I think that guitar could take the place of any other musical instrument... But if you are playing another instrument, keep on playing it because it won't be fun if the whole world played guitar.
Oh and I love VIOLIN and GUITAR! Fortunately, I play guitar.

Not only string instrument, but guitar is undoubtedly the king of all the musical instruments! It provides the peace of mind like no other; it's easy to use and with its great variety it can make any kind of song...from classical to rock and roll to hip hop! It represents the word 'music'. So hands down, guitar is THE BEST. Thank you.

I love the guitar. The sounds and styles varry so much, even the styles. It's a great beginner instrument and is one the main reasons that I'm now trying to learn all of the common string instuments. I highly suggest this instrument for to any musician, young or old.

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.

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.

Okay fine, harps sound like angels descending from the sky!

Very relaxing, soothing. Puts you in another realm. Love it!

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.

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.

Violins are by far the most lovely string instruments and the most lovely instruments in general! I'm surprised that guitar has surpassed violin, wow! The violin and its family has this vibe to it- this elegant, refined, beautiful vibe that no other group of string instruments can ever compete with. The violin is so historical and one of the most important instruments in music. My vote will forever go out to the violin and its family.

Most expressive and gorgeous instrument. One of the most challenging instruments to be played which is what makes it so much more satisfying to play. There aren't many violinists left in today's world which is a pity for this instrument is definitely the most beautiful sounding when played properly.

4 Morin Khuur

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

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

Cellos are perfect for tall people like me. Bass is too big, viola and violin are too small. Cellos you always sit down. They are not that high and not that low. I think they are perfect... And they are sometimes called "the key of the orchestra." They do not sound unstable like band instruments, but I feel like you can control Cellos throughly.

It is my first year leaning a string instrument. I started with violin, but then I realized that the violin is not the instrument for me. It has to much pitch. Bringing a cello places make it more convenient but it it is worth it. I like cello songs like pavane, ode to joy. I also like YO YO MA. Cello is truly a good instrument.

The deep soulful voice of the cello just melts me. It's so emotive and has a beautiful range that can be low and rich and also reaches relatively high melodies. Doesn't hurt your ears to listen to like the violin and doesn't sound too low and dark as the bass sometimes can. My perfect instrument - love at first sound!

Cellos are the most beautiful instruments I have ever heard. I listened to Gabriel's Oboe (cello version) amd I cried for the first time. The deep, rich, and mellow tone is beautiful. The cello can express so many emotions. It's amazing what the cello can express with just four strings. I would literally marry the cello if I could.

6 Tovshuur

What the heck is it? Literally never heard of it before. Just wanted to put a comment 'cause it was empty.

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 it's 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 it's 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 keys, 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.

Bass is just so amazing. You pour the cement to the foundation of a song, you also find bass in technically all types of music out there, you can't beat it, it's so relaxing and just so much fun to sit there and play jazz, and them some metal.

8 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.

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

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.

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.

9 Mandolin

My favourite instrument in the string family!

10 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.

I have 1 and it is just amazing. Once you can play guitar you can play this.

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

The Contenders
11 Dobro
12 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...

It sound really funny

This has a weird name

13 Bazantar
14 Sitar

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.

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

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

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

15 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!

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".

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.

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

16 Lyre
17 Lute
18 Pipa

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

19 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.

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

I like fiddling with my fiddle.

20 Oud
21 Chapman stick

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

I love the sound of this instrument!

Common people, look it up...

22 Hurdy Gurdy

A sound like no other!

23 Bouzouki
24 Veena

It is awesome

25 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.

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