Yes MJ did play musical instruments. As an early member of J5 he played the bongos, as well as having been taught to play the piano by his mother. Later on in life he picked up the guitar and learned how to use synthesizers. In all MJ could play the guitar, drums, and the piano to answer your question.
I love Michael for this reason.. for his fine hearing talent. He is just amazing..his musical ear is really..was.. really great and he loved it when he met people who "had the sense of rythm" (like he used to say). I bet he could learn to play any instrument he wanted and I admire him for that. I also have a geat musical ear and I appreciate people who have that and it's easier to play an instrument by ear rather than study notes and papers and theory..
yes michael did he played the bongos in young years of the jackson 5 but then he soon became lead vocals he also played the piano like in pepsi commercial and On the jackson tv varitey show in the late 1970s he also played a tiny bit of guitar but that wasnt very popular to him and he played a bit of drums he was also amazing at beatboxing he played lots of other percusion instruments too thats how he created his music. This man really was talented.
rest in peace mike x