Hardest Instruments to Play


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101 Glass Harmonica

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

102 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!

103 Concertina
104 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.

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106 Saxhorn
107 Contrabass Flute

A few months after I picked up the regular flute, my teacher let me try the Alto and Bass flute. At the time it was easy since I wasn't blowing hard enough into my normal instrument. A few months ago I tried those two again, and it was extremely difficult. I can't imagine what the Contrabass would be like! Plus it is huge and would be hard to carry around. It might be better for beginners who haven't played concert flute and before.

It's huge it takes a ton of air it is very difficult

This instrument is very difficult to achive a nice sound in, let alone its enormus!

108 Goblet Drum

Logicaly saying: if you bring 2 piano/violin/drums players Who have been playing for 10 years.. 10 hours of practice each day, The only difference between these players would be the style of playing... Or if you bring an instrument played wih sticks... It would be the same sound but different style... Unlike percussion players that plays with there fingers, if you take 2 darbuka players, or riq players... Or whatever percussion instrument, and both plays for 10 years, 10 hours each day... The difference wouldn't only be the style, but it would be also the sound of the slap... Because my fingers are different than the other player... No one has the same agility/strenght fingers... Also no has the same smoothed fingers...

109 Hosho

What even the hell is this instrument?!

Haha this is a kind of ancient Asian instrument

110 Gong

Genius instrument, impossible to play though

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111 Student Trombone V 1 Comment
112 Steelpan (Steel Drum)
113 Portuguese Guitar
114 The Electric Euphonium

I can only play it in my dreams and it electrocuted me

115 Tin Whistle

Easy to learn and play, and you can start playing songs on your first day. When you try to play outside of Mary had a little lamb, trying those traditional songs that actually sound good, and you start to realize it isn't that simple. They play tricks with their flute that you can barely see since their fingers move so fast.

The flats and sharps are hard, but I was able to pick up tin whistle in a matter of hours. Possibly because I've played a wind instrument for a long time. I would recommend it as practice for someone trying to pick up flute.

I play it for 2 years. Fingering is easy, but is hard to master and play ornaments correctly.

I feel like people don't take the tin whistle seriously, consider what rachmaninoff said about the piano, he basically said that just doing a few songs doesn't make you a good pianist. the same is with the tin whistle. Don't get me wrong, the piano is harder than the tin whistle, but you need skill to be able to masters

116 Cowbell

I have gone to an advanced school for cowbell for six years now, and play at an intermediate level still. Deceptively simple looking, but don't let anyone tell you you don't need to work your @#$ off to get it right. It takes weeks or more to master even the most simple songs. - airbb

You have to learn how to play a different part than anyone else. And also you have to be able to play the part loud. I played the cowbell in a song that I had a solo in and I had to play it as loud and fast as possible. And then no one was playing at all at the same time as me. You have to be able to go with the rythym and play it loud as possible.

Everyone always needs more of it! - maclancaster

Mo' cowbell!

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117 Melodica

This instrument is sort of a mixture of a harmonica and an accordion. It can get very difficult, especially since it is similar to an accordion, which is also difficult to play. But unlike an accordion, you have to blow into it and play it like a harmonica. A harmonica can get difficult also. A mixture of two difficult instruments is very hard indeed,

118 Harmonica

First of all I agree partially with many people that think The harmonica is the easiest instrument because you can easily produce a good (well, not bad) note on it. It's fun to play the harmonica, trust me you will enjoy it because whereever, whenever you want to play music, you can get it from your pocket and play it instantly. The tricks are you should be able to breath sufficiently to play, you should know when to blow and when to draw in the right holes. If you play the chromatic you should also master the button.

There are so many techniques in chroms. They are: bending, slide jab, vibrato, chord playing, toungue blocking, octave blocking, etc. Playing a long draw note and playing many draw notes are very hard on harmonica. I think playing a good music with dynamics and all aspects of music is very hard (but can be done of course) on harmonica. You can try the harmonica especially the chromatic one and learn to play the classical pieces (watch on youtube: classical ...more

When I found this site, cowbell beats harmonica? Bull.

Harmonica is incredibly difficult. Newbies whine about even getting single notes to sound clearly -- and this can go on for months. After that comes bending notes -- that can take months to even get it to happen (it will sound terrible, but it happens). Then there's the effort of getting that bent note to sound proper. Holes can bend one, two, or three half steps. This all happens on the lower end of the harmonica because the upper end requires another technique called blow bending. This will also take a long time to even get it to happen -- let alone make it sound good. Slide back down to the lower end, and you can do something called overblowing. Slide back up to the upper end and you can do overdrawing. Then there's vibrato, warbles, double stops, chords, octave stops, and a whole slew of other techniques.

A cowbell is not harder than this.

To play this instrument is one thing. To play it well is something else entirely. A single hole in a 10 hole Diatonic can play up to 5 different notes that can be achieved by bending. Bending a note requires lots and lots of practice to change the flow of air in your mouth as is passes through the harmonica. Other techniques such as vibrato require absolute control over one's breathing and even posture (much like a vocalist). Even playing a single note can often sound shabby without necessary practice. There may be harder instruments to play, but this is one of the hardest to master in my opinion.

You can't see the hole you blow and it's kinda difficult. Breath control is difficult too,

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119 Spoons

Much more difficult than the forks you have to work on technique before eating meat with these things -Donald Trump

Cows make a lovely and pure sound when you stab them with this instrument, more so than the fork. After years of attempting to master this wonder, I still struggle to evade or even come close to cows without being charged and impaled therefore resulting in my death. This makes performances much more challenging than any other instruments on this list.
Ghost of Christmemes Past

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120 Forks

I love eating with these things. So far I have managed to impale thousands of dead pieces of cows and sheep.

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