Worst Musical Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Recorder

Next to the kazoo, the recorder has got to be the most basic musical instrument ever. We all learned it in elementary school, but seriously- who has played it since then?

My Opinion but this instrument got the most irritating sound ever. I play this instrument ( rarely ) only because I have to do something or I want to annoy someone. Good for irritating other people and learning is easy. Bad for sound that gives you head ache even if you are using it good.

Why must we all learn this in elementary my brother just got his and he WONT SHUT UP

You here this instrument in Try Not To Laugh videos. That is how cringy it is.

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2 Triangle

There are no bad instruments. Any instrument can be great if used in the correct way and at the correct time. Any decent musician knows that.

I don't understand...Every instrument has its own beautiful sound...they all sound beautiful when played together or alone - Ananya

Oh God... I can't play it. I seem to possess an unfortunate, innate lack of rhythm, and I can't even hit the triangle at the correct points. I remember when I had to play it during a school concert, and...

Forget. Forget.

... I'll be crying in the corner with the poster below me.

Recorder shouldn't be #1 cause at least it can play different pitches! And the Kazoo is really just a toy... The Triangle however is just stupid, that's why the always put the kid with it in the back! They don't want to humiliate him/her!

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3 Kazoo

Annoying little thing you sing and spit into. Why is it even called a musical instrument?

My brother never shuts up!

Why Is This Classified As An Instrument? It Is Just A Worthless Spit Blowing Kazoo That Is All It Is.

I hate this instrument

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4 Harp Harp

I think the harp has the most beautiful sound on the face of the earth. Why on earth is it on this list?

The harp sounds so pretty. I can't even imagine why it is on this list.

The harp was used in ancient times as a musical cure to the Kings' boredom. It is a legendary instrument and a parent to today's variety of instruments.

What, why this is in the list?!

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5 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.

This is a very underrated instrument, people need to play it before complaining about how bad the sound is. It's actually not bad.

It's great instrument that so underrated if anyone thinks differently please just look up Accordion Beethoven

I actually like this and the bagpipes.

My roommate lives with this instrument and 3 songs on constant repertoire

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6 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.

Seems like people are voting based based on their inability to play the instruments. It's your fault, not the instrument's. The flute was used by many rock bands such as Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Camel and it sounded great.

If you are somehow able to make your flute squeak, then you have accomplished quite the feat. Flutes are designed to be played in orchestras/bands; not marching bands. Piccolos should be used for marching band. Tuning, squeaking, "I CAN'T MAKE SOUND!," and complaints about dynamic control mean that YOU are the problem, not the flute. All musical instruments deserve respect, be it a flute or not.

The flutes are annoying metal sticks you can blow air through to make a screechy sound. It never sounds right and the sound comes in and out. Ruins entire bands. You can play the flute at the bottom of a trumpet's valves so there's no point in this dumb instrument.

Worst instrument ever, super hard to make even a noise, boring sounds horrible. Would not recommend.

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7 Glass Harmonica

The glass harmonica is a beautiful instrument and it takes a lot of effort and talent to play. It's not as easy as it looks.

Spell check. It's glass armonica.

God awful.

8 Banjo

Maybe, but bass clarinet is definitely not. The bass clarinet is beautiful.

A gross sounding (best way I can put it) instrument that should be confined to bluegrass

Umm.. What?!?! Listen to Mumford and Sons. That will make your opinion sensible

Banjos aren't really that redneck.They take a lot of skill to play

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

There's nothing wrong with this instrument. I could wake up to the sound of bagpipes every day. It doesn't sound like "dying cats". They actually sound really great in rock songs and they have a long history. Don't be hating until you learn about them. TAKE THE TIME TO APPRECIATE THEM.

What do you mean this is the 8th worst musical instrument! Seriosly people this instrument is just awesome.

Bagpipes are awesome! Listen to Korn.

They sound like dying goats

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10 Oboe

These people don't know how an oboe sounds like. It does not sound like an old person farting or a fork rubbing against a plate. It made good sound in uskudar, and is hard to play. That's why people think it sounds like an old person farting or a fork rubbing against a plate.

I play the oboe and it does not sound that bad and it's hard to play

A oboe is like a fork rubbing against a glass plate very annoying

It sounds like screaming screeching goats

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The Contenders

11 Clarinet

I hate how everyone there bases their arguments on a cartoon character or inexperienced players in the high school band. Just listen to Benny Goodman or Woody Herman or Artie Shaw. They all sound beautiful

What about Benny Goodman? He is a great clarinetist - AlbertAngrySami

Clarinet is one of the best instruments if it's played right. If you hate it it's because you've never heard an amazing player. Try looking up any song featuring clarinets. You'll change your mind.

Not only is this instrument squeaky and annoying, it's generally played by gross people as well (sorry). and squidward plays it. no one likes squidward

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12 Keytar

There is no way that this instrument will ever make bad ass. This thing is an abomination of sight and sound. It could even make the coolest of people look like flaming asses.

No, the keytar is basically a synth that you hold like a guitar, it is bad ass if you are a keyboardist

Is a keytar a guitar that can be used for video games by pressing buttons

The stupidest instrument invented.

13 Sitar

The sitar is a fantastic instrument and the Beatles proved it!

What is a sitar

And he admits it

Hudson is gay

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14 Trumpet Trumpet

It all depends on if the person can play it or not and people at my school do not know how to play them and make a good sound so I've just always have had a bad thought with trumpets but they are also really loud and over do it a bit

I just don't think trumpets should have been invented and the people who play them most of the time have the biggest ego. Most of the time you can even hear any other instrument but the trumpets and it's horrible.

This has less to do with the instrument itself, but the people that play them. Or, rather, CAN'T play them. Seriously, they play one note, think they've mastered it, and then do nothing but play in your ear like a deafening mosquito.

Thy should be first because of their high egos

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15 Trombone

Trombone is a great instrument to me it is very unique.

This is really mean. I play the trombone and it is awesome

Everybody treats this instrument like drugs! Ugh.

Bitch one word. Sackbut

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16 Ukulele Ukulele

How is this not in the top ten?! (23 currently.) The ukelele is fine as accompaniment, but hardly any ukelele players understand that and try to make it the star...

Why is this not #1?

The ultimate hipster instrument

One of the most boring yet the worst instrument I played.

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18 Guitar

HA? This is a Joke!
Who Put a Awesome Music Instrument Like This? Or Piano? Drum? Violin? Huh?

Skillful and Bad ass instrument. People that voted this up should be ashamed

It is just to popular for me. In the band's at my school all of the annoying kids play popular instruments - lbelle0527

I have played the guitar for many years in numerous extreme metal and death metal bands and I absolutely love it. The amount of skill required to this or any instrument at a high level is extraordinary, and anyone basing their hatred for an instrument through dumb kids who never put time into their instruments is just plain wrong. Listen to the pros and you will van enjoy any instrument. Besides the guitar so awesome.

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19 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.

Alright, now this top ten list thing is becoming Hilarious... The Violin, The Cello, The Harp, The Viola, The Double Bass, The Guitar, The Flute, and The Piano, are all very Great Musical Instruments that definitely should Not be on a list like this at all... ; Perhaps, it is that, whomever compiled this list does Not understand Great Music... This list is Crazy

I played the violin in my old elementary school and I can play it good, but it's annoying when you have to play a song without the bow. #10 worst instrument.

Why is the Violin on this list? It's an awesome instrument!

It sounds terrible and is hard to play

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20 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.

If you're voting piano please go to the doctor's.

Drum Piano and Guitar are the best

Very hard instrument to master and takes a very long time to get the hang of it.

I play the piano

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