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.


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2 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 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.

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!

This is truly the hardest instrument on Earth. I play guitar and trombone, and it is way harder to get a smooth sound on the kazoo. Wondering if it is possible!

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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

Yes, correct. It is quite easy I started learning on christmas day of 2017 I'm also 11 keep in mind. 6 Months later and I learnt every chord. It is a very simple instrument the only hard thing is plucking patterns.

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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!

I started playing the trumpet almost 2 years ago and I am already in my schools jazz and adv band. (not showing off) this may have just been good luck but its still a very hard instrument to get the hang of. One should not take the role of playing this instrument lightly. If you are just learning, keep practicing you can and will get there

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5 Guitar Guitar

Guitar is in NO way the easiest instrument to learn. You first have to deal with the pain of the strings, especially on an acoustic guitar as the gauge is the highest, and the strings are the roughest. Classical guitars have nylon strings, and electric guitars have steel strings, both of which are more comfortable to play. There are many styles of guitar, and none of them are particularly easy. I have to admit, chords are probably the easiest to learn, but it is difficult to master. Some chords are virtually impossible to play if you have small hands, and some chords require music theory to know and learn, and can be extremely complex. Riffs are extremely hard to learn, as you need to learn to read tablature as well as the actual playing, which could be extremely fast. Classical guitar is difficult because you need to successfully capture the emotion of the song, and you need to know the layout of the guitar in order to play songs.

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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 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?

I don't even know what to say about this

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7 Clarinet

The clarinet is easy to begin on but once you start playing harder pieces it becomes difficult. If anyone things they make a perfect sound on the clarinet they are wrong. You don't just blow. To make a good sound you have to have a trained embouchure and a perfect air flow. Your fingers also have to be light and speedy on the keys, something that takes years of practice. I've been playing for two years. I make a good a sound but it's far from perfect. People playing other woodwind instruments find it very difficult to learn clarinet. But playing the clarinet means that you can pretty much play any woodwind instrument with ease. This is because of the amount of strain playing the clarinet puts on you embouchure. It trains your mouth to become a much better musician than other woodwind players. Also the third register is very hard to learn. The fingering is all over the place. Also to get that high you have to have a very strong embouchure. - HAR0111

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

Excuse me. I've played the clarinet since 5th grade and it's hardly easy to play! The amount of notes and keys that go along with those notes to remember is a lot! There is about 5 different ways to play one note on clarinets! Some unofficial but it is still the same note. Perfect tone is really hard to get and takes a lot practice. It took me many years. It's a rough instrument to learn. Basic notes are a breeze but the high notes take lots of air. Definitely not an easy instrument. Might as well say a Saxophone is easy if you say a clarinet is lol

The clarinet isn't easy. You've heard Squidward play it

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8 Harmonica

If you think the harmonica is an easy instrument to play, you shouldn't be allowed to even think about the name of the instrument.
This is one of the hardest instruments, in all honesty.
I've been playing for four years now, and I can guarantee you that this is not an easy instrument.
If you think you're so good at it after one day of learning Bob Dylan songs, you can go throw away your harmonica, it's disrespectful to the instrument if you keep it. Bob Dylan and Billy Joel etc. are bad players. They shouldn't even be called harmonica players.
Go try something else, you're not going to be successful in music if you think the harmonica is an easy instrument

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

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.

Many people have said this is the easiest instrument to learn and play. I've just started and I'm finding it quite difficult. Still, I'll persevere with it. I'll be bending those notes in no time right? *Sigh* - Britgirl

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9 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.

I've been playing the piano for only a year and a half now but it can be very difficult, especially getting new pieces. All of these people who say that they learned piano easily and can play so many songs because of YouTube is pretty stupid in my opinion, it takes a lot to practice and actually pursue especially if you get a hard piece and you feel like you want to throw the piano out the window but you can't because you don't have muscles because you picked to play the piano in Orchestra instead of P.E. But anywho this is not an easy instrument sure it's easy when you start because the most advanced song you play is Mary had a little lamb but it takes a lot of time and effort to actually know how to play it, almost everybody can just smack keys and call it a song, this is not an easy instrument.

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

This is not correct. Moving 2 hands in coordinated orders pressing keys at a certain time doing it for a while multiple at a time with the pedal and looking at the music while blindly moving your hands is not considered easy. It is learnable but it gets very difficult and not even the best in the world has mastered the piano to its full potential. But John Schmidt from the Piano Guys, for example, finds bizarre ways to use this instrument and you should look him up and watch his videos. - EchoX0

When I failed to play Rondo Alla Turca for half a month. *sigh* not easy when you have to memorize it.

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10 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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The Contenders

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.

Very easy, but retardedly annoying to listen to after awhile.

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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!

More cowbell makes everything better.

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

So easy it's stupid

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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

If you aim to play Celtic style instead of classical style, it is much easier, as Celtic style uses 3 fingers (two and a thumb) on each hand instead of 4 fingers (3 and a thumb) as in Classical,so the actions are quicker and easier and continuity is achieved sooner. This is music for enjoyment, not disappointment and frustration.

Aparantly harp is really hard

15 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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16 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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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.

I am on my third year on alto saxophone and for me was very easy to learn the notes.

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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

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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)

20 Stick Dulcimer

Very e a st to learn

21 Maraca

How is the piano easier than this

This is extremely easy I don't know how this is not #1 because all you literally do is shake. - Tab

I have played a maraca and it is so easy

All u do is shake your hands and dance what

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22 Bass Guitar

The electric bass is not an easy instrument to learn. If you branch out beyond rock and country, you'll learn that there's much more to this instrument than just playing the roots of the chords.
Also, the fewer strings makes the instrument more difficult because you must move horizontally along the neck to reach higher tones. Guitarists have the luxury of being able to move vertically because of their extra strings. Plus, the fret spacings on a bass are much longer than a guitars which means more stretching.

Bass is easier to pick up than Guitar, but harder to master. - Nickelstickman

Guitar But Easier, should be second or at least third

Some percussion instruments are easy in that you don't have to worry about notes, but drumset is still pretty hard... electric bass is one if the easiest instruments with notes...

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23 Drums

A few YouTube tutorials and about four hours of practice, and I can play well enough that I can jam with them without holding anyone back. Maybe it's because I'm already used to playing music, but it was insanely easy to pick up.

I think all the people attacking the simplicity of learning the drums are a little defensive of their craft. Half the peoples argument on difficulty was "You have to hold the drum sticks in a specific way" LOL

As a percussionist, I know that drums are much harder than you think. It takes experience to even do a double stroke roll. Grab anyone off the street to do a roll, and it will fail miserably. Trust me, drums are not easy. - Turkeyasylum

I found playing drums very easy and I picked it up in about 30 minutes in 6th grade and I was able to hold a smooth buzz roll and double stroke roll and transition seamlessly between them within the first week. I am now a junior in high school and some of the fresh meat in the percussion section still can't play a smooth roll.

Stupid instrument that anyone can learn

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24 Ocarina

I LOVE ocarinas! I got mine because I'm a Legend of Zelda fan. If you play the Zelda games, specifically Ocarina of Time, then you know what the ocarina is. It's a very simple instrument, similar to a recorder, but the ocarina sounds different. If you get an alto, tenor, or bass ocarina, the sound is mellow and easy on your ears. If you want a more tin whistle-like sound, go for a soprano ocarina. There are even ocarinas inspired by the Zelda games, so if you're a Zelda fan, those are nice (if you buy one from a good brand, such as STL Ocarina or Songbird Ocarina.)

What is a Oceania?

I watched a tutorial of how to play Lugia's Song on youtube, and it is actually very easy to play! It even shows how many finger-thingies you should place on the Orcarina!

Took me 39 minutes to learn three songs using tabs. I found it easier than a recorder and has a better sound with no shrieks or shrill like a soprano recorder has. I now have three ocarinas two sopranos in key of c and g and one alto key of c. I would recomend an alto in key of c or d.

25 Pan Flute

What is a pan flute?

I love playing the pan flute! I use my piano and violin music for it. If you know how to blow across the top of a bottle and make sound, you can learn basic pan flute.

Bruh the panflute I have one because of my family. They are peruvian, but its kind a hard for me to move my mouth from a specific spot to another and back...

I might try it soon! :D

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

This is definitely not an instrument you can just pick up and play right off the bat. It takes a lot of skill and effort to make a good quality sound with just plucking. When you are skilled enough to use a bow, it gets harder to play just one note without squeaking or making a really sour sound. It takes a lot of determination and effort.

Definitely not an easy instrument. All orchestral instruments take an exemplary amount of precision and focus.

The Cello is very hard! It should not be on this list. Don't listen to the people who put cello on this. They have obviously every played a cello before!

I’ve played cello for about 3 years now and I can say it’s easy to learn but don’t underestimate it. The cello is very expensive with full sizes being any where from $700 to $3000. Play songs you like at first so it doesn’t feel like a chore

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27 Oboe Oboe

Yeah uh no. I'm an oboist and I have to say, your fingers are even centimeters away from the correct note, you sound awful. My band director was honest with my section when we said we wanted to play it, he said, I quote, "The oboe makes your mistakes sound louder. It's unforgiving. You either nail it or you don't." So there's no way the oboe is easy to play. The only thing that's easy is carrying it around and putting it together and taking it apart,

It's very easy to learn; all you really need to do is work very hard. Some people actually call this instrument a hard one to play. But, if you've been playing as long as I have you'll know that it came to you easy.

Its very easy to learn, but to become proficient, it becomes extremely difficult - Charlesman01

I think this should be further down on the list. Why?
1.) It's difficult to make a sound. Double reeds aren't for everybody.
2.) It's hard to make a good sound, especially when you start out (I have only played for 7 months).
3.) There is a lot of technique involved.
4.) There are a lot of fingerings.

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29 Trombone

As a trombonist with a few years' experience I have to say this doesn't really belong on the list. Sure, playing Hot Cross Buns on it may be easy at first, but once you get into 16th note territory, it can easily get lost on you due to how fast you have to move a fairly large slide. If your slide isn't in the correct position, the notes sound awful, and to top it all off, your embouchure (mouth position) matters too, as you have to open up on lower notes and tighten your lips as the notes get higher. All in all I wouldn't recommend this as a first instrument, but it's definitely worth your time if you're dedicated enough.

I remember I had to pick an instrument for fifth grade and I picked the Trombone because my cousin played it. I was good at it but like every instrument you have to keep practicing. Needless to say I hated it because I was being trained to fast.

This instrument is very hard to play because you have to make sure u get the slide in the right place so you hit the right note.

Pretty easy for me. I'm 12 and am better than our high schoolers and we have the best school band in NC.

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30 Mountain Dulcimer

With only three strings, (or four with two paired) the Mountain Dulcimer is an instrument that is simple to use, and easy to learn. Using a noter stick sounds great on it, and the chords are moderately simple. It is the only true American instrument with few ties back to the old country.

31 Glockenspiel

I have played a Glockenspiel on several occasions. It is basically a tiny vibraphone. It is slightly difficult but not harder than a cello.

Half the population doesn't even know this exists. But it's pretty much just the piano with drum sticks.

It is so easy it took me 5 weeks it is not hard

It’s not so easy till if you preform harder music, just like every other percussion instrument.

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32 Baritone Horn

Wouldn't say it's the easiest, but if you played the trombone and figured out what valve combinations coincide with slide positions, it makes it significantly easier. Definitely gets complicated at higher ranges however.

I've played the baritone for about a 2 years and it's really easy to play. I learned 4 songs in about an hour on my second practice 110% would recommend if you want to join band

No way. I play a couple instruments and this is by far the easiest. I got it down in weeks! The trombone is the hardest. It should be farther down than baritone

The bass clef range is easy, lower or higher than that and it gets difficult. 5 years of practice and treble clef baritone still kicks my butt. Also tuning at those high pitches is difficult at best.

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33 Viola

Viola is very similar to violin. The main difference is that it has a deeper string that the violin doesn't have and it also doesn't have the highest string that's on the violin. It's notes are also different because they're written in the alto clef, not the treble clef. Learning the notes to instruments and the finger placings are easy for most people, but making them the correct sounds can take time; it takes longer to make it sound good too.
The deeper sounds on the viola are hard to master, but not as hard as the high notes on the violin. It usually takes years to master the violin by making the right sounds and learning vibrato, it's the same with the viola. So many violinists/violaists takes years to learn vibrato correctly, although others can learn it in a shorter amount of time. I've been playing the viola for three years and I'm starting to get the hang of vibrato. The two chairs above me in my orchestra have been playing the viola for nine years and only learned vibrato ...more

The only problem is learning the alto clef. Other than that it is really easy.

C string on viola not violin and a e string on violin not viola

34 Slide Whistle

Below flute? What? - RalphBob

35 Tuba

Tuba is the Biggest brass instrument. But not the easiest. If you can count notes and read well you'll do good at a high School level. However it it takes years of practice to get a 4, 5 or even 6 octave range. and even longer to gain the warm and bright tones in your notes necessary to be successful at College and Professional levels. This is due to the Large mouth piece and bulk of the instrument. It can be hard to control if you don't practice frequently.

If you go outside the realm of high school band, it's not an easy instrument to play well with whatsoever. Just like with any other brass instrument, it takes a lot of practice, patience, and understanding to play proficiently and even more so to play at a professional level.

I play it currently in school I learned everything about it in six hours so no not really a hard instrument only issue it's pretty heavy depending on the type

This instrument can be easy depending on how much air you can push from your lungs

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36 Castanet

Very easy! All you do is just click the castanets!

37 Bassoon

Legit the easiest instrument out there it took me less than a decade to master it.

Bassoon is really fun but also quite challenging at the same time. I would say the most difficult thing about it is putting the darn thing together- it’s nearly impossible! As an eight year trumpet player, I was able to pick this up in no time, just keep on practicing and you can do it!

38 Electric Bass Guitar

This instrument is BY FAR the easiest string instrument to play. It has big frets, far apart strings, and is tuned in fourths. It can also be directly transposed to the guitar.

39 Rhythm Sticks

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This instrument is the easiest instrument I've ever played!

These were done in Kindergarten and considered a big deal.

40 Piccolo Piccolo

When you get older the piccolo gets harder

This website is a lie. Oboe is harder than a piccolo euphonium and tuba and slide whistle. Never trust this site

It's very hard and I don't even play it.

41 Euphonium

If you know trumpet, you pick this up wicked fast. - PianoQueen

The kids who play it in my school band have trouble because they are trying to make it sound like the tuda

42 Steel Drums

Easy percussion to hit, but the trick is to master the strumming patterns this could take some time based on your rhythmic innate skills.

43 French Horn French Horn
44 Xylophone

It's only easy if you play drums and can read notes

Surely you have heard of this!

Xlto is a lot lot easier than the violin

Super fun and easy. This should be before the piano. It’s almost like cheating with the notes on the instrument.

45 Vibraslap

The band Cake loves this instrument. Sweet Emotion uses the teeth rattle sounding instrument. It can be mastered in a few hours.

46 Toubeleki
47 Marimba Marimba

WHY IS THIS ON THE LIST? The marimba is a very complicated instrument and in order to play, you have to know which key is which note. Playing the marimba is not just hitting random keys, it’s about hitting the right noted at the right time at the right speed!

48 Đàn bầu

It's a unique instrument of Vietnam which has only one string with 6 points (do,sol,do,mi,sol,do). You can make other sounds by manipulating the rod.

49 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.

Whoever thinks the violin should be on the list of "Easiest Instruments to Play" has obviously never played the violin before.

The violin is really hard! WHY IS IT ON THIS LIST!

Violin is not easy to play it is voted number 1 hardest instrument to play on other websites

The violin is much easier than the viola, the violist learn a new clef as well as have much difficulty finding decent sheet music. The viola also has more intense vibrations that the violin

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50 Mandolin Mandolin

I love to play this instrument I have only been playing for two years and the tabliture makes it super fun and easy, note reading takes a little bit of practice but once you get it down it’s easy and fun with only 8 string but they are doubled so really only four.

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