Are there any musical instruments you really can't stand?

Are there any musical instruments you really can't stand?
Here it is . . .
83% (101 votes)
Don't have one.
17% (21 votes)
Total votes: 122

Last week we asked about your favorite musical instruments. Now tell us about the ones you hate.

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Christopher's picture

Those electronic keyboards that claim to be able to produce the sound of any instrument. Yeah, right!

Wilson M.'s picture



The indian veena, just cannot stand the sound from it.

al marcy's picture

Drum machines.

Mike Healey's picture

I haven't acquired a taste for pipe organ music. Saint Saens Symphony No.3 makes me want to chew the legs off of my futon. The saxaphone is irritating when it is used to play any type of music other than jazz (classical crossover wears real thin after a few listens). Then there is the harmonica, which really gets on my nerves. There is nothing worse than a bad harmonica player. Finally, I despise the misuse of the human voice for rap (which just sounds like one long fast food commercial) and Gaelic Mouth Music (an audible form of mime).

T's picture

Bagpipes. Need I say more?

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Ray Garrison's picture

I REALLY hate computer "creations" where a program creates a midi sequence that "plays" music; don't have the album in front of me, but on Flim & the BB's CD "Big Notes" I belive cut 4 was Funhouse and was a complete PC-created piece. I can think of nothing more representative of the general decline in the spirit and humanity of our society than the concept that a computer spitting out formulatic note sequences according to algorythmically derived patterns and timing is somehow "musical". I'd rather listen to a bunch of 3 year olds banging on washtubs and blowing kazoos - at least it would have some hint of human awareness.

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Barry Krakovsky's picture

Can't stand is a bit harsh, yet if forced to chose I would say the electric piano, early seventies (like the Fender Rhodes). As a jazz lover I prefer to see the keyboard player playing an acoustic piano rather than an electronic "replica"!

Vance C.'s picture

Lousy Player + Violin = Irritatingly Squeeky Sound.

C.  Simon's picture

Bagpipes! They are the stuff prison riots are made of.

Albee's picture

Bagpipes. Terrible on Polkas.

Federico's picture

I have a problem with most trumpet players that get too harsh. Miles, Lester Bowie and Lee Morgan are three that I LOVE though. Cheesy-ass keyboards get me as well.

erich's picture

Any Opera siner's voice!

Brad - Atlanta's picture

Phil Collins' voice.

Barry Willis's picture

1: Bagpipes. Without a doubt the most horrible sound on the planet---like a dying sheep infested with a million angry bees. Why do Scotsmen walk while playing the bagpipes? They are trying to get away from the noise! 2: The "talking guitar" as used by Peter Frampton, Steve Miller and others. Hideous. 3:Baroque trumpets, as in Mouret's "Rondeau." The most incredibly pompous music ever. Funny, I like Baroque string music, though. 4: Screeching castrati vocalists of pop bands from the '70s and '80s---groups like Boston, Journey, Foreigner. Makes me want to kill.

Emmanuel Fonte's picture

If an instrument is performing within the context it was designed/created for it is fine. Too many times we try to orchestrate or arrange music outside of their range, technical or musical characterisitcs. Even the hammered dulcimer can sound good in context.

Ken Kirkpatrick's picture

Synthesizers of all sorts. I especially loathe the electronic drums. I find the electronic snare most obnoxious. I can see these used for practice, but to record such crap . . . what a waste of time. I play Tama.

Mangoman's picture

The voice of Ethel Merman.

Tony R.  Harrison Sr.'s picture

Anything electric - electric guitar, fender rhodes, etc. they are all un-natural and lack the richness and the warmth that is found in acoustic instruments.

Norm Strong's picture

The recorder, which is just like a Tonette--only more expensive.

Mark's picture

Any instrument that is poorly played!!

Alan Jimenez's picture

Soprano sax: fingernails on a blackboard!

I.M.  Outthere's picture

Jews Harp. Is it really anything more than a serious kazoo?

Todd R's picture

A sappy Country and Western steel guitar. Sounds like a cat getting it's tail pulled! Meyooooooowwwwwww

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

any instrument may be used by a musician to create music worth hearing. Why hate any instrument? But I wager the guitar will be your most hated instrument . . . . . any takers?

Ralph A.  Perrini's picture

Bagpipes. I mean, what did they torture to get that hideous sound!

Chuck H.'s picture

There is no bad musical instrument, only poor playing, recording and composing. Even a jackhammer can make serious music if properly used.