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Bass Guitar
20 6%
Drums
24 7%
Cello
10 3%
Piano
37 10%
Guitar
45 13%
Tuba
8 2%
Clarinet
5 1%
Harp
61 17%
Violin
68 19%
Other
80 22%
Voters: 358.
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#1
What is the most difficult instrument to master to be good at?


IMO, Harp.


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#6
i dunno i have not played most of those instruments Has anyone? if anyone has they deserve respect for at least giving that many instruments a try.
#8
Yeah, where's Sitar?
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CLEARLY its the Gong.
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sitar?


That or some third world instrument no one really knows much about.
Violin is pretty damn hard, too, really.
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#11
Piano is hard but no where near a stringed instrument.. With a string instrument you can bend, hammer on/pull off, vibrato, etc. Piano is pretty much jsut push a button to get a sound.
#12
i say harp, sitar would be right up there but harps are mofos
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#13
I would say saxaphone, but i'm surprised at all the people that say piano is the most difficult as most people find it the most intuitive. Anyway i think sax should be in the poll.
#14
In all seriousness though, Organ? You have 3 keyboards and pedals to play all at the same time... look at Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor, its intense.
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#15
Out of ones I've played (trumpet, piano, guitar), probably trumpet.

But a lot of people have a hard time with the flute when they start, since you have to practice a lot just to be able to make noise.
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#16
cello is moderately difficult to learn but it is pretty much the greatest instrument of all time

but piano is hard as **** to learn
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#17
yea i voted harp, that thing has waaaaay too many strings. the accordian is probably hard too, its got all those buttons..... who knows what they do. the oboe is hard too, they had to hire someone to play it at my school band concert because the kid couldnt play the solo
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#18
trumpet


it has three valves so to make a whole like 4 octave chromatic you have to go from loose lips to lips tighter than virgin vagina in order to make it work...and to be professional you gotta hit notes and the top immediately followed by notes at the bottom at 200BPM....its quite a challenge. i can barely get 2 octaves having palyed for a bout a year.
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#19
I'm disappointed that sitar isn't an option.
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cello is moderately difficult to learn but it is pretty much the greatest instrument of all time

but piano is hard as **** to learn

Reading sheet music is the main thing I find difficult about piano. Why must the notes for the bass and treble clefs be different?
#21
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Piano is hard but no where near a stringed instrument.. With a string instrument you can bend, hammer on/pull off, vibrato, etc. Piano is pretty much jsut push a button to get a sound.


But the thing is, is that the noise is made by strings... Making it a stringed instrument
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#23
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Piano is hard but no where near a stringed instrument.. With a string instrument you can bend, hammer on/pull off, vibrato, etc. Piano is pretty much jsut push a button to get a sound.
Well, yeah, but each instrument has their own idea of what's difficult. I'm sure it's much easier to play the notes on a Violin Bach Fugue on a piano, however Piano music has a complexity violin could never reach.

Really, all instruments have their own idea of what is difficult for them. It'd be just as hard for a violinist to learn Paganini as a pianist to learn Liszt.

However, out of all the instruments, Piano probably has the most difficult repertoire. It was difficult as f*ck during the romantic era, it got even more difficult as f*ck during 20th century. All instruments have their difficult as f*ck material, but Piano has Sorabji's music, who's music is considered the most difficult. "Opus Clavicembalisticum" is considered by many to be the most challenging piece of any instrument.

But other than those one or two composers who wrote ridiculously difficult music, I think all instruments have their own idea of easy, intermediate, difficult, and HOLY F*CK!.
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#24
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In all seriousness though, Organ? You have 3 keyboards and pedals to play all at the same time... look at Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor, its intense.
Sometimes 5 keyboards.
#25
violin and cello and this other instrument i forgot. No frets is harder than you think.
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#26
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I would say saxaphone, but i'm surprised at all the people that say piano is the most difficult as most people find it the most intuitive. Anyway i think sax should be in the poll.


Saxopĥone is not a hard instrument. I've been playing it since 1999 and it's cool, yet not really hard.
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But the thing is, is that the noise is made by strings... Making it a stringed instrument


And im pretty sure piano is considered a percussive instrument.
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#28
I voted violin, but how about the "veena" ...
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#32
The Madcap is right.

I put violin down because it took me a hell of a time to learn how to play it correctly. To get any decent sound out of it at all takes so much, most of the people I know quit violin before they got to that level. There are so many different styles of it too, from heavy metal fiddling ( ) to Paganini to blues-country. Its range of sounds is quite astounding, and tone is a huge element in learning violin.

I'm surprised so many people put piano as the most difficult instrument. YES, it gets insanely complex as you move to more advanced classical pieces (as said before), but basically it's a lot of memorization, sight-reading, and coordination. Up until a high-intermediate level, piano is relatively easy, IMO. It was my first instrument, anyway.

I'm only at an intermediate level of rock/blues guitar, but I imagine that classical guitar must be difficult. Up and down the fretboard with six or more strings must get pretty complicated sometimes. I might be wrong, but that's just my opinion.
#34
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And im pretty sure piano is considered a percussive instrument.


True, but I find it very odd. It is an instrument played using the vibration of strings, so I believe it should be a stringed instrument.

Meh... I guess it doesn't really matter what it's called.
#35
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True, but I find it very odd. It is an instrument played using the vibration of strings, so I believe it should be a stringed instrument.

Meh... I guess it doesn't really matter what it's called.


It's classified as percusive because of the hammers hitting the strings.
In an orchestra guitars are put in the percussion section too.


I would say Theremin or Sitars are the hardest to play
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#36
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It's is classified as percusive because of the hammers hitting the strings.
In an orchestra guitars are put in the percussion section too.


I would've figured as much. Makes sense in a way... But I can't be bothered to really care whether or not piano or guitar or whatever are string or percussion instruments in an orchestra or not.

I'd definitely say that the violin would be hardest though (IMO).
#38
Mostly what teh Madcap said. Although, I think many musicologists consider (French) horn to be the most difficult. Horn have to cover a pretty big range, and they have to have excellent control over lip tension to hit the right notes without cracking.
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#39
bagpipe.

But I heard the violin is the hardest apparently, but I have no idea since I play the violin and piano.
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#40
I'm going to say Drums, you're using all 4 limbs all in different ways (usually). the speed that some of these drummers play at is insane, and the technicality............................
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