Hardest Instruments to Play


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81 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.

82 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.

83 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

84 Mridangam

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

85 Electric Triangle

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

86 Pyrophone V 1 Comment
87 Erhu V 1 Comment
88 Indian Flute

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

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89 Nose Flute

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

90 Kora - West African
91 Citar
92 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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93 Zither

This is the only instrument I have not been able to play with some sense of accomplishment. I am a guitarist (classical and jazz trained) and have been a lifetime musician and educator. The zither requires an independence of fingers that stands alone in the musical world. It not only requires one to have a fretboard knowlledge but also a technique similar to a harpists. Most people are not aware of what this instrument is and how difficult it is to play.

94 Tar (Lute)
95 Dangubica
96 Contrabass Saxophone V 1 Comment
97 Marriba
98 Kecapi
99 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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100 Bugle

Pretty damn hard to get the octaves.

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