Top 10 Best Musical Instruments

The Top Ten
1 Electric Guitar The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable... read more

Electric guitar all the way! True, I respect any musician who is good at their instrument, and the bass guitar is incredibly underrated. However, no other instrument has as much versatility as the electric guitar.

A lot of people criticize the electric guitar because it's easier to play, which, in my opinion, makes it better anyway. This ease of play means you can do so much more with it compared to anything else. If it weren't for amazing guitarists like Eddie Van Halen or Paul Gilbert, we'd still be stuck listening to Beethoven.

While Beethoven was brilliant in his own right, let's face it, his music can be incredibly boring.

2 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.

The piano is truly the best musical instrument, offering a lot of volume and a dense richness. It has more combinations and distinct behaviors than other musical instruments. The hammers connecting the keys to the insides add another dimension, leaving one to wonder whether it is a percussion or string instrument - or perhaps both.

Tempo is also a factor, and the use of feet is possible for even better sound quality. It is a perfect, complete bundle of a musical gift. The piano's history spans five or more eras, including Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and finally, Modern, continuing to present times and beyond. It is a well-respected choice.

3 Drums

With its solid, heart-shaking kicks and striking rolls, which can be done on the snare, drums can definitely be said to be the king of all musical instruments. Drums make people feel that music is very cool. The thrashing sound can only be made on no other musical instrument except the cymbals of drums.

Long live drums! Whenever I play you, I gain so much peace that I cannot express it in words. Drums are my favorite musical instrument.

For a long while, I thought the electric guitar was the greatest instrument. It was the sound that represented both rock and metal music. But the moment I started drumming, I completely changed my mind.

Never have I wanted to play a musical instrument for hours and hours and hours. If I were to play something like the violin, it would instantly become boring. But there's something about playing the drums that makes me feel so satisfied and happy.

4 Bass Guitar

As a bass player myself for over six years now, I can safely say that we do not get nearly as much appreciation as other band members. What people don't understand about bass is that it's not supposed to be played like a lead electric guitar. Instead, it should hold down the groove and provide a support structure for the rest of the band, especially with the drummer.

Bass is also an incredibly versatile instrument, with the ability to handle so many different musical styles: reggae, pop, metal, classic rock, alt-rock, jazz, funk - you name it. I believe that one of the greatest bass players of all time is James Jamerson. If you listen to any of his legendary Motown bass lines, you'll notice the full beauty and complexity that completely overturns the stereotype that bass is easy or boring.

5 Acoustic Guitar An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically - by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air - as opposed to relying on electronic amplification.

Acoustic guitars are the best of all instruments. The biggest advantage of such guitars is that you can take them anywhere you want because no electricity is needed. It is also the hardest instrument, so very few people can play it. Therefore, guitarists are more popular than pianists.

The sound of the acoustic guitar is the sweetest sound that I have ever heard in my entire life. When one plays it from string 6 to string 1 consecutively, it produces such a powerful effect that it can even make a mourning person smile.

6 Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

The saxophone is truly amazing. The sound it produces is fantastic, and it works well in any musical context. It's most well-known for its role in many classic jazz pieces, and honestly, music wouldn't be the same without it.

The saxophone is incredibly versatile. You can even play classical songs on it, and it still sounds fabulous! I know from experience that it's fairly easy to play once you get the hang of it. After you learn all the notes and how to produce a good sound, it becomes quite straightforward.

Additionally, the saxophone has similarities to many other instruments. For example, if you learned to play the recorder in school but never really enjoyed it, you'll find the saxophone easy to pick up, as the fingerings and notes are almost the same. I just love the saxophone so much, and I believe it deserves even more recognition. Go saxophone!

7 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.

The violin is a versatile musical instrument. Expressive, elegant, solemn, and virtuosic, one has to be incredibly dexterous to perform a variety of difficult techniques or strokes. Indeed, the violin seems to lend itself to virtuosity more than any other instrument. Its only possible rival is the piano.

I have been both an apprentice luthier and a violinist for a few years now, so I have an amazing bond with this instrument. Once one has mastered it, each performance is euphoric.

Violin, along with others such as the mandolin - in my opinion - deserves to be at the top, alongside the acoustic guitar. I am a little biased, though. I prefer instruments like reeds, strings, and piano simply because of their versatile nature.

I would be more specific about the instruments I mentioned, but it would make this passage too long-winded. Also, I would recognize the ukulele as a top instrument because it is an excellent beginner instrument and sounds wonderful once you master it.

8 Keyboards

I learned to play the synth when I was a teen, and I have to say, it was a pretty cool instrument to learn. Keyboards just sound way too brilliant. I actually learned to play Flash Light by Parliament, I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder (even though I don't like that song), and Take On Me by A-ha. Let's just say that I learned many '70s and '80s songs on the keyboard.

I kind of think this is pretty much a more modern and cheaper version of a piano. The only difference is you can't look inside it for the strings, and it's electrical. But it has the same sound and stuff.

9 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.

I, personally, am a flute player. It's a really good instrument and is much older than all the other instruments. It is also much more complex than people realize. Also, when one beatboxes into a flute, it sounds really good.

Flute is my main instrument, but I also play piano and baritone saxophone on the side. I really enjoy playing the flute because, when played correctly, it produces a very pretty sound, particularly in the lower octaves. It takes a lot of air to make a sound on the flute, but it is fairly simple when you know how to play it.

I love the flute because it's easier to produce good tone and sound quality than some brass instruments. There is also no extra hassle or struggle that reeded instruments come with.

10 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.

I have been playing the trumpet for two years now and love it. It's usually challenging at first, and you keep learning. They are pretty sound and loud.

I love to play high notes, and I am currently on the professional trumpet.

I voted for the trumpet because of its versatility. I play the trumpet, and it sounds unique for each player. You can master an embouchure, but mastering the instrument is another challenge altogether.

Unlike baritones, trombones, tubas, or the French horn (which isn't actually French), the trumpet can play high notes and often leads in marches. It's the reason wind and percussion instruments have moved away from the orchestra setting, and it is the only brass instrument that reads treble clef.

The Contenders
11 Clarinet

The clarinet is the pathway to learning basically any woodwind instrument. When you learn the clarinet, it becomes easy to learn any saxophone, flute, or any other kind of clarinet. With the clarinet, there is no limit to how high your range can go. You define your range by how far you are willing to go, which is a unique and great quality.

The clarinet sounds beautiful and has a full, dark, and rich tone. You can also play a variety of different styles of music on it. Although the clarinet embouchure is perhaps the hardest to develop correctly, the instrument is otherwise not terrible to learn. I fell in love with the clarinet. Have you?

12 Synthesizer

A lot of the comments on the synthesizer are super misinformed, especially those from people bashing it. For starters, you need to keep in mind that synthesizers come in many shapes and sizes. They may have a keyboard, or they may not (such as a modular synthesizer). It takes a lot of knowledge to fully understand how to utilize one.

Claiming that it's "laughable" to compare it to the instrument it's trying to emulate isn't a great argument either, as they often aren't used to mimic specific instruments. To say that synthesizers "killed" music is completely wrong and makes you appear to have very limited knowledge and taste in music. It's also a stubborn stance.

To make such a claim is to completely discredit all electronic music - and I'm not just talking about EDM. Electronic music covers much more than just that. Consider all kinds of electronic music, such as ambient music. Think of all the amazing things that the synthesizer has allowed. Without the synthesizer, game music and sounds for other old consoles would be non-existent. The synthesizer doesn't just affect music. It influences many other mediums as well.

The synthesizer didn't kill music. It evolved music.

13 Voice

I am a big singer and have been singing for about ten years. The voice can be loud, soft, and can mimic any sound. It is one of the hardest of all instruments because you can tune a violin or a cello, but it is hard to tune a voice. Once you get the hang of it, you can add your own special touches to any song.

The human voice is the most emotional, diverse, and natural instrument in the world. The possibilities can be infinite since you never know what you're going to get. Also, it can be altered like other instruments with machinery. It's an instrument anyone can play!

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

The cello is truly an amazing instrument. Out of most instruments, it's the easiest to produce a tone with. After mastering it, you achieve a beautiful timbre that speaks more than any other instrument.

The cello also has the easiest fingerings to remember until you get into thumb position. This instrument also has the greatest octave range, reaching from C2 all the way to C6. Violins have to shift into third position in order to reach those notes.

Of course, that might not produce the best sound, but if you master it, you can play something that no other instrument can express. I also like this instrument because it goes high enough not to break your eardrums, but not so low that you can't hear it. The cello definitely deserves to have a place on this list.

15 Bagpipes Bagpipes are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.

I quit playing guitar because I found it boring, and it seemed like every pimple-faced high school freshman was playing "in a band." I took up the bagpipe, and it is the most wonderful instrument ever! It requires heart, dedication, practice, patience, persistence, maturity, and more.

To the person who commented, "Who really plays bagpipes?" thousands of talented people play worldwide. There are even competitions and different grades of players. Bagpipes are an ancient instrument that has seen its share of war and peacetime, competition, and playing for self-fulfillment and enjoyment. I find it a bit disheartening to see the celestial bagpipe ranked below what I consider to be the cereal box instrument known as the ukulele.

16 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.

What can't you do with a uke? This has to be one of the best instruments out there. Go anywhere with it. Play anything with it.

The only downsides are: what size uke will I take with me? Sopranissimo, Soprano, Concert, Tenor, or Bass? Will I use standard gCEA tuning, or do I want to go with a low G string or with a Bass Uke and its guitar-like bottom four strings?

The plus to all that is, I love my Tenor in standard tuning. It goes nearly everywhere I go, along with my harmonica and a traveler's three-piece Irish whistle. A person's got to have music, after all.

17 Organ

Most people would say the best three musical instruments are the piano, violin, and guitar. However, I disagree with this because I feel it's unfair. Our world has many types of music genres, such as classical, jazz, rock, and pop. Here, I'll use classical and jazz, including popular music, to describe what I consider to be the best three musical instruments in each genre.

Some musical instruments excel in jazz, while others are better suited for classical music. In classical music, the top three musical instruments are the pipe organ, violin, and classical guitar. In jazz, the top instruments would be the piano, soprano saxophone, and archtop guitar (jazz guitar).

The pipe organ is undoubtedly the best musical instrument in classical music. I have listened to both the organ and the piano perform in classical settings, and I've found that the organ has a richer and more glorifying sound that the piano can't conquer. Therefore, I think the piano is more suitable for modern music, not for classical.

18 Harp The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers.

I've always wanted to try the harp before I got my flute! The sound is so romantic and beautiful that I fell head over heels when I first heard it. However, the problem is that harps are really hard to play and they are super expensive.

I wouldn't recommend them to any family on a tight budget because they can cost up to one million dollars or sometimes even more! Considering their beautiful sounds but expensive prices, I would prefer just borrowing one from someone to try it out. Visit your local music shop and see what they recommend.

19 Harmonica The harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed brass instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in blues.

It can help a person do something active without using electricity. Also, the instrument is easy to carry because it's pocket-sized. It is also a nice instrument to play anywhere, and Europeans from countries such as France, Germany, Spain, and Italy have different languages to say harmonica.

Understated. It does everything you want or can think of - from jazz and blues to rock and roll. Just stick a pedal and an amp on it.

And if you get bored, practice beatboxing and play it, making your own baseline.

The harmonica is a great instrument. It can do anything imaginable, and it's portable. You can take it out whenever you feel the urge to play!

20 Viola

People make too many jokes about the viola when they've never heard it. So please, people making viola jokes, do us all a huge favor and shut up. The only instruments you've probably ever heard are the cello or violin.

But the viola is an alto, meaning it can play right in the middle. Cellos are equally amazing, and cello players can play the viola, as the cello and viola have the same strings. This should be number one.

- An angered viola player.

The viola is the best instrument ever but is very underappreciated. It has a better sound than a violin, and viola parts are often harder, yet the violins take all the credit! My opinion is probably biased because I play viola, but you should play it!

I have endured harsh comments about my instrument and have been the only viola player in my class, but it's worth it because of the beautiful sound. You are unique because you dared to play an instrument not many people play. For all violin players reading this: the viola was Mozart's favorite instrument (after the piano), so ha! Play the viola! You won't regret it. Violas!

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

The accordion is the world music instrument par excellence, central to dance traditions everywhere. It can be played very simply or with incredible sophistication. The United States, with a few local exceptions, may be the only country in the world that doesn't take the accordion seriously. That is changing, but in the meantime, the accordion is still exotic enough in most settings to be cool!

Probably the most misunderstood instrument out there, the accordion actually has more potential than many think. It isn't just for Serbian folk music. So please, people, understand that the accordion is just like any other instrument and stop hating it.

22 Trombone

Nobody ever gives the trombone any credit, but it is, without a doubt, the best instrument. It has a sound like no other, as it is the closest to the human voice - except, at least I think, better than any vocalist out there.

The trombone is just as versatile as any instrument on this list. It also produces sounds that no other brass instrument can recreate because of the slide. I can make my trombone sound like a trumpet, tuba, or French horn, but nothing can sound like a trombone.

23 French Horn

The French horn is the best instrument ever! It has a rich, mellow sound and a golden tone that brightens the sound of the band. It's not rich and dark like other bass instruments. Rather, it has a rich, bright sound that blends well with bands and, if played well, produces nice solos.

Sure, other instruments can switch notes more quickly, and the woodwinds do sound really exotic. However, the horn has an unreal, inverted tone that sounds magical. No wonder it plays the theme of Harry Potter! Its tone is rich, yet very clear, especially in the higher register.

The French horn has a unique, rich sound with a delicate feel, making it good for harmonies. It blends well with both woodwinds and brass, making it quite compatible. The baritone and saxophone can mimic its sound a bit, but they will never match the horn's pure, friendly tone. The French horn is by far the best instrument.

24 Xylophone

You know why no one takes the xylophone seriously? It's because the only types that are ever seen are baby toys. The instrument is so much more than how it often appears to us.

Also, it's great to build and makes a fun project!

The xylophone often appears as a toy for babies. However, there is much more to this instrument than many people think. "Ragtime Robin" is a prime example.

I love xylophones! They sound like skeletons!

25 Recorder

This is my instrument, which I learned to play myself from a kit (not in school). Recorders can be traced back to the 12th century, are described in Shakespeare, and come in a great range of sizes and pitches. I play alto, soprano, and sopranino. They have a pretty, dove-like tone.

Really easy, but fun to play! I already know all the notes!

It is great for beginners like me!

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