Easiest Instruments to Play


The Top Ten

1 Triangle Triangle

As a percussionist I must disagree with this. Though playing the triangle is not a very difficult instrument there still some difficulties to it. Playing the triangle is not simply hitting it there is a technique to it. A perfect upstroke is required to great a good sound. A steady hand is required to hold the triangle. Moving the triangle may even create fluctuations in the sound for the audience so location is also key. The triangle is not the most difficult instrument but it definitely isn't just hitting a piece of metal.

I am a percussion who strongly disagrees with this. The first time I got assigned a triangle part I thought, "great, the world's easiest instrument". Then my band director showed me how to use it. You have to hit it exactly parallel to the instrument or it sounds bad, not too loud or soft, and you sometimes have to do triangle rolls. On top of all that, you need to mute it. I agree that the triangle is one of the easier instruments, but certainly not the easiest.

Unless you happen to disagree, all you have to do on a triangle is tap the triangle metal. If you want something hard, tap the rhythm. The worst thing is that it is that it doesn't even make the best sound.

"A triangle solo? Surprising." - isaaonrtdmtr

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2 Kazoo Kazoo

To all of you who think playing kazoo is easy let me tell you a story: I'm a self-taught kazooist. My life was changed when I found this great instrument. Every morning I wake up at 5 am to practice. I'm first chair kazoo in the New York Symphony Orchestra and even got the opportunity to play for Obama at his inauguration. One day, I lost my kazoo! I thought my life was over. Then, I went to the music store and bought another one which set me back an entire $0.99!

I think this is the worst, and easy intrumemts. But anyway, I'd like to ask WHY the guitar, piano, flute, clarinet, and saxophone are on here!? The guitar is simple, but does still take a lot of practice. The piano is easy at first, but if you start playing Beethoven or Mozart music, it's hard. And for the clarinet, flute, and saxophone. They are very tough, because you have blow perfectly to not squeak, go flat, or anything like that. But with the kazoo, ALL you do is blow. It's pitiful!

I have been playing the kazoo for 12 years. The constant number sexual offers from women become tedious after a while but that is just the price I have to pay. I am a professional player but it is EXTREMELY difficult to master the correct end to blow through.

This should be number one! All you have to do is hum!

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3 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.

My brother got an ukelele for Christmas, but never used it. I got it out of the closet about a year later, and taught myself how to play. It is a lot easier than a guitar because of its 4 strings, and few notes. I also believe the ukelele sounds similar to a harp.

It's been three weeks since I got my first Ukulele, a soprano one. After some video-tutorials on Youtube, I've learned how to play two songs already and some of the most used chords (with my guitar, I took one month to learn my first songs and chords). It's obviously easier if you already know how to play the guitar, and it also helps playing the later, so I'd recommend trying both.

I remembered, that one day I got My ukulele from the bag and I tried to play something. I've some experiences with a Guitar and really, Ukulele is very light and easy instrument to play. - Mark993

So I saw this them went straight to youtube and watched a ton of tutorials and it looked pretty easy! My mom got me one on friday and honestly it is so much fun to play♡ Its super inexpensive for an instrument, holds an amazing tune, light to hold, and it is so easy to pick up! When I first got it the only thing I had trouble with was tuning it but after I went on YouTube I am fine and can tune kt in my sleep and t only takes like 10 seconds. I have had mine for 4 days and I can already play anything with the chord notes, and I can even play some stuff by ear! This is a really fast fun and easy instrument to learn and everyone should have one - Tab

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4 Trumpet 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.

If someone says that the trumpet is easy to play and they "learned how to play it" in less than a year then they have no idea what they're doing. Trumpet is a hard instrument to learn, especially if you actually want to sound good. The trumpet does not fit on this list and in my opinion you don't know how to play if you haven't completed anything past a level one method book.

The trumpet is way more difficult than it looks. The most common response I get is, "But it only has three valves! The saxophone way more and is therefore more difficult." Let me ask you this: how do you think we play different notes with the same fingerings? The answer: or FACES. Saxophones can learn a new note by practicing it over a weekend, but trumpet players need months or even years to learn a new note, because your lips are muscles, and they must be trained to play more strenuous notes. - stuxnetjr

I agree that it shouldn't be on this list! It is really hard to make a sound that doesn't sound like a foghorn; even after 2 years of playing. Also, it costs a lot to repair it and not every music place can. I don't recommend it for beginners!

Why is this on here? Obviously only people who have never played then instrument or don’t know what they’re doing would vote this in here.

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5 Guitar Guitar

I don't agree with this. I'm being taught guitar at school, and I'm already learning a string instrument but I found it really hard to put my left hand (fingers) on the correct string and correct position whilst strumming the correct beat with my right hand. You really need a guitar pick too. I played without a pick once and I got a blister right at the tip of my thumb.

I can agree with this, of all the instruments I've started learning, guitar was the easiest for me to pick up. Sure, you have really advanced techniques like sweeps, arpeggios, off-timing junk, but overall it's in my opinion the easiest instrument for anyone to pick up and start toying with. Definitely easier than piano or violin, at least for me.

I disagree completely. This instrument was actually the hardest instrument for me to learn. It takes a lot of effort and even gets to the point where if you play to long without being used to it, your fingers bleed! I wouldn't recommend this instrument to a beginner unless you have some great motivation and someone or something to help you out.

I recommend this instrument to anyone. Acoustic or Electric Guitar has a beautiful sound. I been practicing electric guitar for almost 2 years. Every instrument takes practice, dhu!. But for guitar, once you get a hang of it, trust me, you'll never want to stop practicing, and playing. Electric Guitar has volumes and tone controls, and you can buy pedal effects along with if you like.
The reason why I chose electric is because God inclined my ear to the instrument and I liked it. I thank God for that and for training my fingers day by day. God gave us many talents. You can play any instrument. But without a purpose of playing, your doing nothing. All honor and Glory to God ;-) God Bless

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6 Whistle

How is this even an instrument

How is a clarinet easier than a whistle

You mean to tell me that this is harder than a trumpet or a piano?

Why is this on here? There's only one note...

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7 Clarinet Clarinet

Clarinet is hard! It's not just moving your fingers and blowing. You need to curve your lips properly and stretch your hands a lot. The slightest crack in your reed may mean a new one. And don't puff your cheeks! Also try to remember al the notes and keys

The clarinet is easy I am 11 years old and I made a perfect sound in it. if you actually try it is very simple like I always say DENPEILS AND it is so hard to break your reed so you try to destroy every thing if you break your reed and puffing your cheeks is so stupid like this if you agree.

I so disagree on this. Clarinet is really hard! Have you even seen one? All those buttons you need to press. If you chip your reed even a tiny bit, that means you'll have to buy a new one. You have to blow really hard and it takes while to get the sound.You can't puff your cheeks either, and I have learned this from experience, when I tried out the clarinet. Clarinet is very difficult. I do not recommend it. I HATE CLARINET!


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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.

It's all about that learning curve. Piano starts out as an easy instrument to learn. If your just doing basic chords to a 4/4 or even 6/8 (3/4) beat then it's pretty easy. Especially if your within the key of C. However, after you get past SMP (Sheet Music Plus) level 4 it get's pretty hard. With guitar it's a moderately difficult instrument to start, but as soon as you master the basics it's fairly easy to get to a higher level. With piano this isn't the case. You start off with easy basic techniques that 5 year olds can master in days. After that though, you start to reach a level to where it's hardly possible for human's to play. Imagine playing 32nd notes in 5/4 time signature at pp with a BPM of 80. Not to mention the fact that one of your hands can be playing a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT melody then the other. That's hard. Easy instrument? No. Easy instrument to start? Yes.

May I ask what piece you are referring to with the passage you described? Peaking my interest - Charlesman01

I love playing the piano, I have played it for 5 years now and I still find it very fun. You feel really good when you have a polished piece that you can play to your friends and family; or just to yourself! Piano helps you to learn notes quickly and it works well if you sing to. You can play many songs and sing at the same time or you can simply express yourself through playing! It is an amazing instrument!

Piano is NOT an easy instrument to play. Yes, you can learn it in a day or two, but to really actually play the piano (famous pieces) takes years of practice.

I do agree with this 100% I love piano so much its definitely my favorite instrument to play. I have been playing it for 5 years [wow] and it's a lot of fun! It helps a lot to learn it because its like the mother to all instruments. The piano really helped me out a lot with the ukulele, tin whistle, guitar, drums, etc. And once you learn somthing and its perfect you feel amazing! I stopped at level 4 but picked it back up thanks to Jesus and YouTube and now I can play stuff from Les Misérables, Mulan, Hamilton, Pop songs, La La Land, more Disney,.etc. And it is amazing! Hard but so worth it and I highly recommend it♡ - Tab

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9 Harmonica

People only think the harmonica is easy to play because there is no wrong notes to play and it is easily tuned. It is hard to be able to over blow and bend. Many people can't even play a single note and they can only play cords.

So easy but still one of my favorites to play

I really agree with this. I started playing yesterday and I know 16 songs. It's really fun!

I have one and I'm a pro! (I'm only 12)

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10 Tambourine Tambourine

It is like the easiest instruments to play. Al you have to do is hit it, it's like clapping. But unless you play the tambourine crazy (like me), then it will be the easiest instrument.

I have played tambourine for one week and I can play to any song already. I have 8 years experience with piano, 2 years experience with mandolin, and 1 year experience with harmonica. Because of my experience, I can tell you that all that is needed to play this instrument is basic rythym skills.

Very easy to learn to play. Getting the rhythm of sounds does not take long to catch on.

Yes definitely one of the easiest. More percussion should be on the list. I tamborine, when attempting to play guitar. Any instrument that requires multiple refined techniques of body parts, including piano should not be on the list.

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11 Recorder

I remember when we learned how to play songs like "Hot Cross Buns" on these annoying things in 4th grade. - Turkeyasylum

Obviously you guys have never played a tenor recorder

Recorder is very easy, should be number one. Put your thumb on bottom hole, finger on first top hole. Blow. Thumb on bottom hole, finger on first two top holes. Blow. Thumb on bottom hole, finger on first three top holes. Blow. Simple. I just taught you a stupid little song thingy I learned back in elementary school. Very easy, very fun.

Playing the recorder is a very very VERY easy thing. It might LOOK hard, but when you actually start learning, it gets pretty easy, as a lot of the notes can be played with 1 hand. Also, you don't need to blow too much ( unlike it’s cousins the oboe and clarinet) and a good recorder is around 10 us dollars. Believe me, I play the recorder, and it's a fun instrument

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12 Double Bass Double Bass

I've been playing for the last 4 years in school. It takes some skill, being able to pluck and shift fast, controlling the bow and the gargantuan instrument itself. But I also took guitar lessons for a while, and double bass was far easier to learn. Vibrato can be difficult on bass too, and glissando can be painful. By the end of All-County last year, my back was aching, my fingers were raw and calloused, and I could barely stand up straight. It takes a toll on your body, yes, and it's difficult to manage, yes, but as far as mastering the instrument goes, it's actually pretty easy.

I have been playing double bass for quite a while now, and although we get the easiest parts, the instrument is not easy. It is difficult to get good tone from instrument, and requires extremely trained hands to hold down the strings in solo pieces often used for auditions.

I disagree because the double bass is very big and you have to hold up the instrument, control the bow and play the right notes

I have been playing Double Bass for a year now and already play in the community orchestra.

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13 Cow Bell

I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!

This is like the triangle. Clamp it to a stand and teach a 5 year old to play it in a day

More cowbell makes everything better.

I've heard that this is a prescription...

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14 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.

I have been playing the celtic harp (no pedals) for the last 5 years and I find it VERY challenging! One has to think in finger patterns---always putting down 4 fingers before playing the actual notes. And there are many other complicated finger patterns as well. In addition, one is playing different patterns with each hand--often 4 notes per hand and each hand playing different rhythms together as well. As a pianist who has played piano all my life since age 7 with lessons, and with a degree in music as well as being a elementary vocal teacher (now retired), I find harp challenging. When I began, everyone said it would be so easy because harp and piano are similar in many ways--same notation, and using both hands as the harp. A harp is a piano turned on its side. But there's where the resemblance ends! My piano knowledge has been a great help as well as a hindrance as the hand techniques are so different for each one. But... both make beautiful sounds from the beginning and that ...more

Aparantly harp is really hard

15 Flute 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.

Flute is hard for some people and easy for other people. Since I am a flutist, I have experienced everything, and I'd say it's in the middle. And I disagree with the "crazy sheet music" thing. Yes, they're are, a lot of different fingerLINGS, but that's how it is with every instrument. Look at clarinet. You also have to have correct embouchure, yes, but that is an essential part of playing the flute and if you look at clarinet again, you'll see that you'll have to be careful about specific things, like not drop the reed so it doesn't get chipped, and if it does, you won't be able to make a sound. You can't drop the mouthpiece of the clarinet, otherwise you won't be able to make a sound either! You see, if you dent the flute, you can still make a sound. Think before you speak.

Once you get the basics its actually not that hard. Of course for some it takes time to learn to blow into it but in the end its not that hard. The sheet music is simpler than piano in that there are no chords to play and there can only be one line of music you play at once. 205 hours of practice of about a half an hour a day would give you what you need to play in the most common scales. And it quickly becomes fun for you. As long as your not trying to become a professional I would say try a 0% interest rent to own or something similar and for adults you wont need a teacher for a while just to learn the basics! Also if you can play any other flute or the oboe Soprano Flute should be even easier.

I am so mad right now. Who even put flute on this list? It takes years to master the flute. Did you know that only about %20 of the air you blow into it goes in? It sometimes makes me feel faint, because it takes so much air just to make a sound. The person who put it on here, either hasn't even played the instrument and is just judging it by it's size, or is a very good flute player who doesn't remember what it was like. But it has no place on this list, and neither does trumpet.

I've played the flute in my middle school band for about a year now, and for me, it's really not too bad. It's probably because I've been playing the piano for almost 4 years now and can sight read easily. But, there's a downside for me too, like this description said, only 20% of the air blown goes into the instrument..and I have asthma. Sometimes, the flute actually helps with my asthma, but on the other hand, not so much. The embouchure for the flute is a little hard to get at first, you just gotta find the "magic spot" and play your heart out. Hope this helps!
- WolfyCat10

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16 Bongos

Not even kidding this takes almost no skill.

No skill needed at all except for sense of rhythm

Bongos can be very challenging sometimes

i approve

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17 Rainstick

Even though this might seem easy to use, it might be hard to make the right rhythm or go to the right beat.

All you have to do is rotate a stick. Definitely one of the easiest.

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18 Saxophone 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.

I started playing saxophone at Christmas and now I'm doing my grade three, three months later. From a strings stand point, having to learn what keys create what is mind numbing. But once you understand that you just can't guess it, it gets kinda fun to learn sharps

I have been playing for 1 year, the tenor sax, and it is very simple. I can play most pieces at sight, and the fingering is probably more logical than brass instruments (except for sharps and flats.) it is probably the easiest of the woodwinds, as it is easier to get a sound. Your fingers don't have to be that long, and although my teacher recommended an alto, I still do the tenor, even though I am small. Your eumbochoure has to be perfect though, otherwise your G's will squeak and you have to relax your lip otherwise it will be sharp. But other than that, it is easy, as long as you want to play it.

Ha. Looks like my band teacher was right about this being the easiest thing to play. - Transformers234

I think this is instrument is pretty easy. This is my third year playing it. I play the alto sax. The way you hold your moth isn't too hard since you don't have to buzz your lips like brass instruments. Also, all the notes are in order as far as the fingerings on the sax.

Its easy I started even playing it, well, except it can ruin you jaw shape if you have braces. I also taught myself how to play Epic Sax Guy. It's easy! Just blow ans click random buttons. Even the principals favorite. instrument is this woodwind instrument. Well, except you need to buy like a ton of reeds for this thing.

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19 Tin Whistle

Okay the tin whistle is actually kinda hard if you literally want a song to come out. It just takes some practice though. - Tab

So say it's not even funny���"

Tin whistle is very easily there is only the notes B,A,C #,Csharp,D,E,F

I've been playing tin whistle ten years now and to be honest its actually not that easy! Yes the basics like hot cross buns, sally garden, etc are simple but if you want to learn all the notes (Yep there's more than B A G #F E D #C surprisingly) it can be quite challenging! Especially faster songs with a lot of notes :)
(This is coming from someone whos in a trad group and has played for ceile's pretty much their whole lives haha)

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