thought provoking Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?  

Elise Hennigan
570 votes 67 voters 38 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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24 2
Acoustic guitar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Acoustic Guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument

2
28 3
Piano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Piano Keyboard, Struck string instruments

3
23 2
Violin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Violin String instrument, Bowed string instrument

4
19 4
Cello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Cello Bass, String instrument, Bowed string instrument

5
18 5
Electric guitar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

6
11 1
Organ is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Organ Keyboard

7
15 4
Flute is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Flute Woodwind instrument

8
14 5
Clarinet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Clarinet Woodwind instrument

9
16 7
Drum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Drums Percussion

10
11 3
Accordion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Accordion Keyboard

11
11 3
Bagpipes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

12
13 5
Saxophone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Saxophone Woodwind instrument

13
11 4
Ukulele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Ukulele Plucked string instrument

14
14 7
Harp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Harp String instrument, Plucked string instrument

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15
10 5
Keyboard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

16
7 3
Snare drum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Snare drum Percussion, Drum, Classical percussion

17
10 7
Trumpet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Trumpet Wind instrument, Brass instrument, Valved brass instruments

18
10 7
Bass guitar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bass Guitar Guitar, Bass

19
8 5
Synthesizer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Synthesizer Keyboard, Electronic instruments, Electronic keyboard

20
7 4
Banjo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Banjo Plucked string instrument

21
6 3
Viola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Viola String instrument, Bowed string instrument

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22
6 3
Marimba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Marimba Percussion, Classical percussion, Tuned percussion

23
6 3
Oboe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Oboe Woodwind instrument

24
6 3
Sitar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Sitar Plucked string instrument

25
9 7
Harmonica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Harmonica

26
5 4
Mandolin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Mandolin Plucked string instrument

27
7 7
Bass drum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bass Drum Percussion, Drum, Classical percussion

28
9 11
Tuba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Tuba Bass, Brass instrument

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29
4 6
Horn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
French Horn Brass instrument

30
6 9
Cymbal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Cymbal Percussion, Classical percussion

31
5 8
Tambourine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Tambourine

32
4 7
Didgeridoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Didjeridu Natural brass instruments

33
4 7
Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bells Percussion

34
3 6
Gong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Gong Percussion, Classical percussion

35
6 10
Bongo drum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bongo Drum Percussion, Drum, Classical percussion

36
1 6
Bassoon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bassoon Woodwind instrument

37
1 7
Recorder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Recorder Woodwind instrument, Duct flutes

38
1 8
Triangle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Triangle Percussion, Classical percussion