Popular Opinion Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?  

Elise Hennigan
1.7k votes 132 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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63 8
Piano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Keyboard, Struck string instruments

2
54 13
Acoustic guitar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Guitar, Plucked string instrument

3
47 15
Electric guitar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

4
45 16
Violin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
String instrument, Bowed string instrument

5
44 17
Drum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Drums Percussion

6
41 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
38 17
Bass guitar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Bass Guitar Guitar, Bass

8
33 19
Saxophone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

9
26 19
Keyboard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

10
27 21
Ukulele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Ukulele Plucked string instrument

11
25 21
Bagpipes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

12
26 24
Flute is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

13
24 22
Accordion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Keyboard

14
24 26
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
20 22
Harmonica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?

16
23 26
Harp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
String instrument, Plucked string instrument

17
18 20
Mandolin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Plucked string instrument

18
18 21
Banjo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Banjo Plucked string instrument

19
15 18
Horn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Brass instrument

20
17 21
Synthesizer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Keyboard, Electronic instruments, Electronic keyboard

21
19 24
Organ is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Organ Keyboard

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

23
22 30
Clarinet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

24
14 20
Oboe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Woodwind instrument

25
13 20
Didgeridoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Instruments Do You Wish You Could Play?
Natural brass instruments