What's the most difficult instrument you've ever tried to learn or play?

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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I haven't tried, but i'm thinking anything with double reeds. Oboe, bassoon, contrabassoon. double reeds take time
 
Trumpet - I was able to produce a total of two shaky notes. The remaining two hundred sounds were barely audible or just terrible. I only tried it once but I developed a lot of respect for trumpet players that day. The learning curve feels like a brick wall in the beginning.
 

GetAgrippa

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Trumpet - I was able to produce a total of two shaky notes. The remaining two hundred sounds were barely audible or just terrible. I only tried it once but I developed a lot of respect for trumpet players that day. The learning curve feels like a brick wall in the beginning.
I call bullcrap! I've seen you play a dozen instruments-and now a best selling author. I got to see you play the trumpet to be convinced LOL. Just kidding Swiss but you do have a lot of talent man. I feel better you can't play everything-I was getting envious.
 

GetAgrippa

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jansara

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the Mijwiz - double-reed Middle East flute, requires circular breathing1585156033442.png
 
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I sold my electric guitars (only 2) when I got back into drumming in order to buy more drum gear. I do NOT miss them much at all. I liked guitar. I would have been a decent rhythm guitarist with TONS of practice. I just didn't want to put the time and effort into it. I hadn't played them in over a decade, there was no point.

Tried quads in marching band back in 85/86. I had a lot of difficulty with the instrument, mainly because of the weak left hand not being able to keep up with the doubles action. I ended up quitting that year. But because of doing stupid teenage stuff, not because of the quads. Wish I had stuck with them.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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Most authorities on the topic agree that oboe and French Horn are the hardest orchestral instruments.

I would also add bassoon (embouchure and the thumbs thing) and English Horn...
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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For a month I tried to play the Chapman Stick. I may try again, but it is not as easy as I thought it would be.

yeah...that is a world of it's own. I tried to play one back in the early 90's, and just did not have the mental capacity to put to learning it...I was trying to get the handle of a normal 4 string bass, let alone that
 

Auspicious

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I bought a 88 keys living room piano a couple of years ago.

I already sucked on the drums trying to learn jazz.. now with the piano I could not even learn children's songs, I got rid of it for the same price. Learning jazz on the drum AND on the piano was simply a dumb idea. I prefer to suck less at only 1 thing. ?

So now I focus all my energy only on the drums.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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I bought a 88 keys living room piano a couple of years ago.

I already sucked on the drums trying to learn jazz.. now with the piano I could not even learn children's songs, I got rid of it for the same price. Learning jazz on the drum AND on the piano was simply a dumb idea. I prefer to suck less at only 1 thing. ?

So now I focus all my energy only on the drums.

I have has a TON of really good piano players say to me:" man, I wish I could drum. It takes sooo much coordination". And I am thinking: " 4 limbs....10 fingers....nah. Piano is much harder...much more coordination"

I took piano for 10 years and hated every minute of it...t'was hard!!!
 

Auspicious

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I have has a TON of really good piano players say to me:" man, I wish I could drum. It takes sooo much coordination". And I am thinking: " 4 limbs....10 fingers....nah. Piano is much harder...much more coordination"

I took piano for 10 years and hated every minute of it...t'was hard!!!

Lol yea that's what I thought also, 10 fingers especially, that's a lot of coordination lol.

I love listening to piano but really I don't see me behind it either.
 
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