Hardest Instruments to Play

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82 Ney

Ney is the hardest of all. one can't make a simple sound in first 2 months at least. and of course it is not Arabic flute. it's a Persian instruments however it has 2 other varieties in Turkey and Arabian countries which are not called Ney.

Arabic flute. End blown. Been a few months and only now can get sound out of it, but its not a consistent tune. A very simple instrument, anyone could make it, yet it has the hardest embouchure I have ever seen. The trumpet was much easier than this.

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83 Koto

Its not the hardest but its pretty hard to learn and play, it takes A LOT of practice to play well

84 Pan Flute

What is a pan flute?

85 Venezuelan Cuatro

I have been playing the cuatro for a number of years and it is very challenging. The speed with which the strums are played in conjunction with the different strum techniques and replacing strums with knocking on the wood is overwhelming. If you can imagine that when mastering soloist songs, each individual strum in a bar of 6 strums plays a different chord in a different position on the neck, then precision comes into play, and missing the position of one finger can ruin the piece. Also, it is a clandistine instrument where no official notes have ever been written for. Before the internet the only way to learn how to play would be from teachers (which are scarse) and counting on the people in your neighborhood to learn how to plan new songs. Give it a try, and listen to some cuatro soloist music from Cheo Hurtado, Jorge Glem or Carlos Camacho and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Enjoy music!

86 Dangubica
87 Harpischord

Harpsichords are like a piano just with twice as many keys, and they are expected to be played four times faster to.

Harpsichord is much easier to play well than piano, as dynamics are much less important. The main difficulty with harpsichord is that the keys are so small

88 Mridangam

It is a good instrument. But we can only be a master if you have interest in Carnatic Music...

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90 Cigar Box Guitar

This thing comes with double the commitment. Firstly only avid smokers can actually get these things because of the sheer amount of cigar boxes you need to make one. And then playing one - gosh! You can't just use any old elastic bands.

When I started playing I just used a tissue box with some elastic bands from the dollar store but the quality was nowhere near as good as the real thing.

91 Indian Flute

On the Indian Flute it is very hard to swich the notes quickly without the sound craking.

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92 Nose Flute

What the hell, nose anything is not a valid entry in this list. Nobody even kbows what it is!

93 Kora - West African
94 Tar (Lute)
95 Marriba
96 Flamenco Guitar

I think this is the hardest after violin and top 3 is:
1. Violin
2. Flamenco Guitar
3. Piano

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97 Bugle

Trumpet with no valves, but I'd imagine it's HARD to play. - Metalhead1997

Pretty damn hard to get the octaves.

98 Steelpan (Steel Drum)
99 Glass Harmonica

Well try getting one, that in itself is challenge. Invented by Benjamin Franklin and a master makes beautiful sounds.

100 Hurdy gurdy

Because it is a bad known instrument, where you need to play the melody and the rhythm in the same time. It is really difficult and long to master the turn of the wrist which makes the rhythm.And, as an old and folkloric instrument, it is unhappily so hard to tune, and it don't play the same when it's raining or it's too hot and so on... But the result is worth the efforts!

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