When I tell people that I am a professional violinist, very often they will say, "Oh the violin - that is the MOST difficult instrument to play of any instrument!"
Is it? Or are there other instruments that are more difficult than the violin?
Certainly, it's a subjective question. For me, the violin always felt very intuitive - it made the most sense to me. That's not the same as saying that I found it "easy" - I didn't. But I found other instruments to be much more difficult for me personally. This is probably why I am a violinist!
With the piano, I found it difficult to play different notes with both hands. Maybe even more difficult (don't laugh!) but I tried to play the flute, and I just could not do it! It took me a good long time just to learn to blow into it and make a sound - which I did accomplish. But then, what buttons do you push down to make what notes? To me this was a total deal-breaker. My brain just would not do it!
My travails aside, the violin pretty much always makes the list, when it comes to "most difficult instruments to play." What is your perspective on this question? What you think is the most difficult instrument to play, and why?
For the vote, I'm limited to 10 choices, so I picked 10 instruments that are notorious for their difficulty. However, I'm aware that I've probably missed quite a few (including my nemesis, the flute!), so if you have another instrument in mind, please choose "something else" and then tell us about it in the comments.
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