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What's the hardest?

Posted by thecowpokepicker on Saturday, May 15, 2010

Some people say that the violin or fiddle is the hardest instrument to play. Having gone through learning it (and still going), I do not agree. I think banjo is harder. It seems like I can learn songs on fiddle so much faster than on banjo.

I think the strings class of instruments is the hardest to play, and also to maintain- all that tuning, restringing, cleaning, adjusting..

What do you think the hardest instrument to play is?


3 comments on “What's the hardest?”

Bill Rogers Says:
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @7:08:57 PM

No question the fiddle is harder. You have to find the notes. Playing up over the body with accurate noting is much harder than playing up the neck on the banjo. Bowing is another difficult trick to master. Pedal Steel is darn near as hard to play as the fiddle. The Uilleann pipes take years to learn well. I've read that the Oboe is also very difficult to learn. The player is much more responsible for creating the tone on wind instruments (and the fiddle) than on the plucked string instruments.

thecowpokepicker Says:
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @7:17:28 PM

Oh, pedal steel is hard too. I've tried that little rat before. All those dang pedals and stuff. Therefore, I can't say it is harder because I've never really played it in extent.

I don't know, I still find fiddle easier! Sometimes I swear I can note the fiddle faster- well, it is right in front of your face, anyway.

nykyly Says:
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @12:13:26 PM

I have played the banjo from childhood(6yrs old) and played the fiddle since I was 11 years old. I am much more proficient on the Banjo. I agree with Bill, I think the fiddle to be more difficult. But the banjo is quite difficult as well.

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