Most Underrated Instruments

Everyone wants to play electric guitar. Everyone wants to sing. But these are the instruments few people understand and appreciate.

The Top Ten

1 Bass Guitar

Without a doubt when I ten I saw this and picked it up and found the Magic in it. Everybody looks to guitar but the bass lays out the real groove. Look at any police song or Red Hot Chili Peppers song

Bass is BY FAR the most underrated instrument. Bass is what holds the entire band together (often), and keeps the rhythm going. People do not understand the importance of Bass Guitar.

Duh it's a bass, that feeling when you play a song with your band, words can't even describe it! Bassists gets so little attention. Why?

Without bass, music is literally just sound

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2 Viola

Violas (in my opinion) actually sound better than violins, (they aren't so screechy) but they NEVER seem to get the main melody and can't be heard well because they're in the middle of the orchestra. Violas are actually harder to play than violins because they are larger but they're always forgotten about.

The viola is just as great as the violin. I would consider that to be a fact! However, personally, I think the viola is BETTER than the violin! The alto clef is based around middle C, the fingerboard is much more comprehensible than the violin, and the overall tone is just more elegant in my opinion. I think it's the perfect instrumental combination of beauty and theory, right behind the piano.

3 Drums

I know, I know. A lot of people do want to play drums. But few people understand it's importance in the band. Even when the drums are simple, they still move the song foward.

4 Keyboard
5 Tuba

You'll be surprised by how many times I've heard the term "big trumpet"

Tubas are probably the most underrated instruments in bands and symphonys providing a strong bass line supporting a band to a great extent. Why they are underrated is beyond me. Perhaps a similar reason to bass guitars.

I play a tuba in B. L. Gray Jr High band and we are told to be the most important instrument of the whole band but nobody ever seems to focus on us

In marching bands tubas have to switch to sousaphones, which weigh around 40 pounds. Also, tubas usually just play long tones through an entire piece, which isn’t just boring, it take a ton of air and is very tiring. The tuba may have easy notes, but it really is a difficult instrument to play, and is sooo crucial to a band!

6 Organ
7 Rhythm Guitar

Rhythm Guitar isn't an instrument. It's a playing style. Lead guitar has all types of notes. But rhythm guitar is mostly based on few chords and strumming/picking. Plus, rhythm guitar isn't underrated. Some rhythm guitarists are underrated but rhythm riffs are quite popular. - zxm

Everyone admires the lead guitar, but Rhythm guitar can be important as well.

8 Trombone

Easily one of the hardest instruments to play, yet can sound beautiful when played right. Take Wycliffe Gordon for example.

It has a SLIDE! COME ON!

9 Harmonica

The only thing on here actually underrated. Bass guitar and drums are really known, but harmonica rules. - Rydershady2001

10 Ocarina

Ocarinas sound majestic if you know how to play one, but most prior to ocarina of time didn't even know it existed.

It was an ancient instrument, of course it's underrated and it's so small, but that's why we love it so much.

The Newcomers

? Recorder

What in God's name possessed the government to hand these intruments to children? It truly irks me that such a fantastic instrument should be robbed of it's true worth, history and value all because people think that it's "easy". If you cringe when you hear it, you're playing it wrong.

The Contenders

11 Sitar
12 Euphonium

This is the king of the brass secton yet cannot even be in a traditional orchestra.

13 Clarinet

No one likes them lol even though they sound really nice

why not

14 Melodica

The Melodics is a beautiful sounding instrument. I hadn't heard of it until the release of "Gorillaz - Broken" when the album "Plastic Beach" was made public. I loved it, and just had to buy one to add to my instrument collection, and it is a beautiful addition. Please check out the song, and then vote for melodics.


People Just Doesn't Understand that it's sound and meant to be play alongside accordion. And use it to any pop songs just ruins the song. That's why people left this instruments.

But MASA MATSUDA can combine both sounds together such as in his performance With Kiyoshi Takeda on 2009. Profing that the sound capable on japanese jazz as long as you still using the right frenchie-european tone

15 Bassoon

Most majestic sound of the wind family, and has arguably the most famous solos in orchestras.

This instrument is extremely versatile and you can play anything with it. Beautiful instrument

16 Saxophone Saxophone


17 Theremin

While people talking about bass, drums, viola... There are only few talking about this music instrument. It has beautiful human voice like sound, but seems that not too many song using it.

18 Harp 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.

Everyone forgets its an instrument but it's so pretty!

19 French Horn

It's so underrated that it wasn't in the list in the future first place.

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

The only reason people don't like them is because they haven't heard a GOOD bagpiper play them.

21 Didgeridoo
22 Mandolin

If a violin and a guitar had a child that took after their gradpa lute, this would be it!

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

Hehe NOO

24 Flugelhorn
25 English Horn

Has arguably the most majestic solos in the orchestra. Look at Djorvaks new world symphony

26 Cymbals
27 Double Bass Double Bass

Provides a deep and rich tone, yet it not as popular as violin

28 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.
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