Most Versatile Musical Instruments


The Top Ten

1 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.

No offense to guitarists, but... any melody, any chord, anything you play on a guitar, you can play on a piano. The same applies for almost ANY instrument. Sure, it doesn't have the twang of a guitar, the soaring air of a violin, or the sexiness of a saxophone, but this list is for most versatile, not best-sounding! - PetSounds

Keyboards/piano can play any genre. And can cover all the musical bases if played solo bass, rhythm, harmony, and melody, all at the same time.

While the guitar is great for portability, the piano can have multiple persons playing any assortment of notes at the same time, creating brilliant pieces of music.

I would replace the piano with the Bowed Psaltery- the instrument is normally strung (sounding like a violin), but can be plucked (as a zither/harp), and hammered as a dulcimer (sounding like a hapsicord/piano).

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2 Guitar

It has a wide range of tones, from high to low, you can play melody, rhythm or both at the same time. You can play all styles of music, from classical, country, jazz, blues, pop, rock to heavy metal and many more! You have a wide range of techniques to use and you can play classical etudes and heavy metal solos and latin music, etc... and it has a rich sound. You can even play on your own and make it sound like there are two or three guitars.

For the piano it could be said the same, but I go for guitar because you can take it wherever you want to go and jam with it no matter with whom or in what place, while piano you really can't bring anywhere with you if that place does not provide you with another piano to play on. So I say guitar!

Classical, Country, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal... You can play Absolutely any Genre with the Guitar!
End of Story! - Nirmal1991USA

Totally agree with 'Nirmal1991USA'.
You can use the Guitar for Any style of Music...

If it can be played then the guitar can play it.

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3 Clarinet

Great instrument for me after I was good at playing the recorder love this Instrument because it has a great quality sound easy to tune if you are sharp or flat on a single note.

This awesome instrument has a wide range of tones styles and notes

It is just totally amazing what a range of moods the clarinet can express. Listen to Klezmer music if you want to understand what I mean.

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4 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.

I'm not saying it is a bad instrument, but you can only play Classical and Country pretty much. - SuperCharged

From classical to bluegrass.

This is a beautiful instrument. You create,the notes, not just play them. Even though this is true to some extend with all instruments it is especially true with string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello,and base.

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5 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 everywhere - classical music, jazz, rock (Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, Camel, Genesis), celtic music (can you find sax or clarinet playing Irish tunes, for exemple? ).

6 Drums

Come on, what is music without a beat?

Where would music be without drums

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

Piano Guys!

8 Voice/choir

The only thing the human voice cannot do is chords, other than that it can do everything. And it is certainly the most versatile when it comes to timbre.

9 Bass

Take away the bass from any song of any genre what are you left with? An empty sounding song with no heart and soul. Sometimes you are left with absolutely nothing. It's the foundation for any great song.

Take away the bass from a song and what are you left with? An empty sounding song with no heart or anything driving it along. It's the foundation for any song

This is the instrument dumbass

Once a musician said, "It's like a layer of all instruments". But its more than that. - zxm

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10 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.

The range of emotions a good trumpeter can bring to fruition outstrips probably any other wind instrument. It's ability to seamlessly transition from raw power to muted sorrow puts this one up behind piano.

Not only is it versatile and used in many genres, it is prominent in many genres. Jazz, blues, symphonic, orchestral, chamber, and marching.

Concert, jazz, rock (haven't you seen the half time show? ) Blues, spymphanic. It sounds great too.

The Contenders

11 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.

An underrated instrument that is second only to the guitar in versatility. The one thing that the Uke has over the guitar is its greater degree of portability. If I were backpacking anywhere in the world. I would carry my Uke in comfort and ease. The guitar would be waiting for me when I arrived back home.

It is hugely under used when instruments like saxophones that sound as a cat has had its tail stood on are favoured.

My favourite instrument to play. Comes in 4 sizes. Basically a baby guitar with 4 strings.

12 Organ Organ

Why have an orchestra when you can have an organ. It plays loud; it plays soft, and it can imitate almost any sound in existence in a lovely way. And the thing that makes it so beautiful is that it just never grows weak or lets up.

Be it church, theater or electronic organ, this instrument is definitely the most versatile instrument!
It has the widest range all instrument (sorry, pianists), and has an enormous variety of registers (flutes, trumpets, oboes, strings, clarinets, along with some exclusive sounds like celeste and organs' principals - even human voice is present! ) that can stack in every possible way (which synths can't do do at all), making it basically a one-instrument orchestra. By combining these, you can have loud, full sounds or very soft voices; you can also play several notes by pressing a single key (if you press C3, you can hear C1, C2, C3, C4, G4,C5, E5, G5, all at the same time).
A good organists can play up to 6 voices at once, using the pedalboard, but it is also used as accompaniment instrument (every note can be sustained indefinitely, which makes it perfect for voice accompaniment, either solo or in choir) or as melody+accompaniment. And even if you say that a piano does that ...more

13 Accordion Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.

Just listen to all the things Weird Al Yankovik can do with it.
And that kid who played Vivali's Summer. - Torchpost

14 Synthesizer

Can emulate and faithfully recreate virtually all of the instruments out of this list... And create lots and lots of new, previously unheard sounds. Sonic capabilities of the synthesizer are endless.

Combine theory and pracitice from playing the piano, and knowledge in sound engineering and you got arguably one of the most versatile instruments in our modern world.
With a synth, the sky and your own creativity is the limit.

15 Ocarina

It should be number 1 because you can use it to travel through time, teleport to places, change the time of day, and summon storms.

16 Euphonium

I play the euphonium. In each piece our Wind Ensemble plays, my part is a combination of everything from low brass, to trumpets, and even flutes. I also find my self playing notes several lines above and below the scales. The euphonium is my favorite instrument because of its warm sound and versatility.

17 Trombone

I've played trombone in marching band, classical beand, jazz band, orchestra, show choir band, and even a ROCK BAND. I've never played something that doesn't sound good on a trombone.

Jazz, pop, rock, concert band, pep band, marching band, ballads, epic backgrounds to movies, Trombone has it all. including Glissing! )

18 Harmonica

Very lightweight, portable, and cheap, the harmonica is used in many genres such as blues, jazz, rock, pop, classical, folk, country, etc. It may not be as versatile/popular as the guitar, drums, or piano, but aside from that I believe it beats almost all the other entries on this list.

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