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Top 5 Hardest Instruments to Learn How To Play

Although we genuinely believe there are no “easy” or “hard” musical instruments, some instruments indeed require more experience. Today we will share 5 instruments that you should probably put off learning for later until you have a more extensive musical knowledge.

— June 11th, 2020

In no particular order, here are the 5 “hardest” instruments to learn how to play:

• Organ

One of the most iconic instruments is also one of the most complex ones. The organ is perhaps most recognizable for its ability to produce both the loudest and lowest sounds, as well as the faintest sounds.

But what makes it so difficult to learn? First of all, the organs are massive. You’ll struggle a lot if you have small hands and a weak upper body to lower body coordination.

Because it’s so big, the organ is also divided into different sections. Each of these sections or divisions pretty much acts like a separate keyboard if you will. That means that the note range is massive, and just learning the notes will take you a long time.

• Accordion

Playing the accordion is like a combination of playing the piano, bagpipes, a sax, and a keytar. You need to use both hands independently from each other, learn how to apply the correct pressure to the bellows – the middle component that pushes the air through the instrument.

Plus, you may have noticed that accordions come with plenty of keys and buttons! 

• Drums

Drums are often considered simple to play due to how many popular songs use very simple beats. But did you even watch Whiplash? Now, if that movie doesn’t paint an accurate picture of how difficult it is to learn and master drums, I don’t know what does.

Keep in mind, that even without having to deal with complex odd time signatures and polyrhythms, learning to coordinate both legs and hands to maintain even a simple beat is quite tricky. 

• Harp

Harps have a lot more strings than any other string instrument, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Another thing that’s going to be difficult is learning by feel and ear where to position your fingers to get the right notes.

• Oboe

The first difficult thing to deal with is the almost never-ending string of keys to press. If you have short hands, this will pose an even greater challenge.

Another aspect of playing the oboe is developing proper breathing techniques. Furthermore, breathing won’t be enough if you can’t also manage a proper lip, tongue, and mouth coordination along with your key pressing.


This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “9 Hardest Instruments to Play & Learn – The Difficult Ones” an article published on musicoomph.com

 

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