Popular Opinion Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?  

Elise Hennigan
1.5k votes 124 voters 40 items

List Rules Vote up the instruments you really wish you could play, if you could play any instrument

Do you play a musical instrument? If you're under the age of 24, there's about a 20% chance that you do. Sadly, this percentage drops off dramatically the older we get - 11% of 25 to 34-year-olds play an instrument and the number continues to dwindle from there. For the 80 to 90% of us who never learned, what are the instruments you wish you played? A lot of us have probably dreamed of being in a band at some point or mastering our favorite rock songs on the electric guitar, but - in reality - putting in the work to achieve mastery over an instrument is tough. If your parents didn't force you to practice when you were young, there's a good chance you never picked it up. 

Say you did have the grit to stick it out and you put in the hours of practice. What would you be playing right now? Would you adorably jam out on the ukulele like Zooey Deshanel? Would you rock the harp like Joanna Newsom? Maybe you'd play the bass guitar like some of your favorite rock stars. Or, instead, perhaps you'd pick up an acoustic guitar and serenade the ladies like every freshman male in college.

Vote up the best instruments to learn below! And, hey - if you have a spare 10,000 hours, maybe you could put them to good use and make your dreams come true!

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1
57 8
Piano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Keyboard, Struck string instruments

2
50 12
Acoustic guitar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Guitar, Plucked string instrument

3
42 14
Electric guitar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

4
41 15
Violin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
String instrument, Bowed string instrument

5
39 16
Drum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Drums Percussion

6
36 16
Cello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Cello Bass, String instrument, Bowed string instrument

7
31 17
Bass guitar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bass Guitar Guitar, Bass

8
28 18
Saxophone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

9
24 19
Ukulele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Ukulele Plucked string instrument

10
22 19
Accordion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Keyboard

11
22 19
Keyboard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

12
22 19
Bagpipes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

13
23 22
Flute is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

14
20 24
Trumpet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Wind instrument, Brass instrument, Valved brass instruments

15
16 19
Banjo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Banjo Plucked string instrument

16
20 25
Harp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
String instrument, Plucked string instrument

17
15 19
Mandolin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Plucked string instrument

18
17 22
Organ is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Organ Keyboard

19
20 27
Clarinet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

20
14 19
Sitar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Plucked string instrument

21
16 22
Harmonica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

22
12 17
Horn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Brass instrument

23
14 20
Synthesizer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Keyboard, Electronic instruments, Electronic keyboard

24
12 18
Oboe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

25
11 18
Didgeridoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Natural brass instruments

26
11 20
Viola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Viola String instrument, Bowed string instrument

27
11 20
Snare drum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Percussion, Drum, Classical percussion

28
12 22
Cymbal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Percussion, Classical percussion

29
13 25
Tuba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bass, Brass instrument

30
11 22
Bass drum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Percussion, Drum, Classical percussion

31
10 21
Marimba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Percussion, Classical percussion, Tuned percussion

32
11 23
Bongo drum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Percussion, Drum, Classical percussion

33
6 20
Gong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Gong Percussion, Classical percussion

34
7 23
Tambourine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Tambourine

35
3 15
Kora is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Nymphrodell added Kora Plucked string instrument

36
2 12
Skin Flute is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Skin Flute

Wood instrument

37
6 24
Bell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bells Percussion

38
4 22
Bassoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

39
4 25
Triangle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Triangle Percussion, Classical percussion

40
3 25
Recorder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument, Duct flutes