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Nearly everyone who has heard of a musical instrument before in their lives has heard of the piano. It is really the staple instrument by which all other instruments are judged. It is both a percussive instrument that is capable of producing tone and dynamics, but it is basically a stringed instrument as well. The next most common instrument is probably the guitar; both of these instruments have semblance to each other and if you can play a piano well, you only need to learn the mechanics of a guitar before you start strumming away.
Once you leave the realm of these common instruments you are shocked to see just how many “out there” instruments exist as well. Take a look at steel drums for example. They look like a drum but sound more like vibraphones. Out of all the absurdly shaped instruments the ocarina comes in near the top. It gets its design from, well, a sea shell. But it serves as a reminder that sounds are natural, and shapes that are produced in nature would serve well to produce natural sounds. This happens to be a MIDI device, but it definitely has some performance value that cannot be had with others.