Hardest Instruments to Play


The Contenders: Page 4

61 Mellophone

Mellophone is hard do to the reason it is just basically a marching French Horn, so it has all the difficulties of a regular French Horn but marching as well.

I am a French Horn and Mellophone player and I have to disagree. The Mellophone is piss-easy when compared to the French horn.

The mellophone is super easy because it is pretty much a bigger trumpet.
But I think the French horn is SO HARD.
So I have to agree that the mellophone is piss-easy compared to the French horn.

I'm thinking od playing this

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62 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.

No it's not it's one of the easiest instruments I've ever played! Look I didn't even take lessons I got lessons of the Internet and my parents were very impressed I was already picking and my dad plays guitar and FYI almost all the instuments in the world are on this list

After you get the moving your fingers to different strings part, its pretty easy.

It is really easy because it only four strings, and it is small.

Ukulele is super easy. If you can play violin pizzicato, you can play uku.

63 Soprano Sax

Although it is easy to learn because fingering is simple, tuning is very hard. I have played soprano for about 3 months now and embouchure is very tight. It is also very hard to play quietly.

Number 1 hardest instrument

Intonation is very tricky.

This instrument is realativly easy

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64 Shakuhachi

End blown Japanese Flute, VERY hard to even get a constant sound out of it.

I have been playing the shakuhachi for a year and a half now.
All though I have not been practicing regularly, I still think that it is easily one of the hardest instruments ever.
The reason it is so difficult is because it goes out of tune if you do not play it precisely at the right angle and with the right amount of air.

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65 Contra Alto Clarinet

It is so big that no one can play it.

I think it should be at the top 50

66 Lute

The lute should be up with classical guitar at 3 maybe even 2. The lute is like having the classical guitar but with 8 courses (a course is 2 strings with the highest being 1 so 15 strings). Not only that but chord structures are much much harder to get a hang of than in classical guitar. Getting used to picking 2strings not just one with nails by itself is harder than many instruments in here. I started with acoustic guitar and learned over the hills and far away by ear in 20 minutes. It took me 2 weeks to learn el noi de la mare which is relatively simple in classical guitar (been playing almost a year) and it's a known fact that playing the lute at the same level a classical guitar is much more difficult. The lute deserves a wayy higher place on this list.

The lute has way more strings than a guitar, and keeping one in tune is a bit of a nightmare (no geared tuning pegs like a modern guitar). The notation for lute tablature is also much more complex than guitar tablature. Playing double strings simultaneously with a nice tone is also much harder than on a guitar. I have managed to become reasonably proficient on all instruments I have attempted to learn: classical guitar, flute, piano, and have only admitted defeat with one: the LUTE!

67 Synthesizer

Why is this so low? Sure its not hard to PLAY, but Good GOD is it hard to get the sound you want. There are so many knobs and stuff on it.

I can imagine this would be a nightmare to perfect. But those who play them are massively talented. - PositronWildhawk

68 Electric Trumpet

I tried to learn this but electrocuted my lips in the process.

I just think this is hilarious

Wait, there's an ELECTRIC trumpet?!?! I GOTTA TRY IT OUT! SCREW THE POCKET TRUMPET! - Metalhead1997

69 Veena

Indian stringed instrument: its heavy, playing is highly nuanced, and volume hard to play. It takes years to master the fingering and tone, especially getting the nuances right and fluid. There are frets, yes, so you don't have to go hunting for the right note, but there are 22 different notes! Depending on the Raaga and the nuance you are trying to play, you gotta get it just so, or it sound like a different raaga altogether! Plucking has to be perfect and not purcussive, posture has you seated for hours without pins and needles... and the deep pulls and strikes will have your playing fingers cut to the bone in no time.. tell me what's harder!

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70 Contrabassoon

Pitched a semitone higher than a pianos lowest note, reeds cost a fortune, huge etc

Contra bassoon Is basicly just the next level of bassoon, more random keys in more random places

Awesome and low. Require 5x more breath, being a contrabasson player myself.

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72 Bajo Sexto

I have been playing the bajosexto for 1 year and its easy to play for me but I have seen a lot of people struggle

73 Uilleann Pipes

Uilleann pipes take 21 years to completely learn. It has two octavesfull of notes, three drones as well as regulators which sound chords as you play. A full set of uillean pipes can require three things to be done at the same time. Pumping the bellows, playing the chanter, and playing the regulators. Also most pipers learn by ear ( without written music and just by listening to a piece) which is extremely difficult. Also before you learn the pipes you must first master either tin whistle, low whistle or trad flute.

The Irish or Uilleann pipes should be at the top of this list.

I can't imagine how in the world anybody could play this instrument.

74 Bells

The ringing part (of handbells) is easy but the technique is hard to master. And you do need a lot of people to play a song - with 3-5 octaves of bells, you'd need more than just a person to manage it all! It's great group work.

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75 Hammered Dulcimer

Ah man, the Hammered Dulcimer. The board of strings that have to be hit perfectly or else they suck. - NymeriaWaters

76 Erhu


77 Contrabass Saxophone

Very hard to play almost impossible to make sound good


78 Tenor Horn

This probably isn't so high due to its lack in popularity

The Tenor Horn is in fact the hardest brass instrument to play in tune. While it doesn't require an as tight embouchure as the trumpet for example, the notes are nearly all very sharp and flat. No other brass instrument requires as much lip adjustment as the Tenor Horn. Whilst the instrument has a very beautiful and melodic tone, beginner players find difficulty in producing a mature and refined tone particularly in the lower register.

I play the tenor horn and I love it it's not hard at all it just takes a lot of practice.

79 Kecapi
80 Electric Triangle

The god of all instruments, destroyer of worlds, that's why it's the hardest to play.

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