Nero actually played the lyre, excruciatingly badly if his predecessor and Uncle Claudius, a prolific chonicler, is to be believed. The death of Claudius, which led to Nero becoming the Emperor occurred shortly after contemporary scribes report Claudius summoning his nephew and saying, “Listen cloth ears, I’m the effing Emperor around here and I don’t have to listen to that awful noise. Eff off to the summer palace at Antium or I’ll have the Praetorian Guards stuff your lyre where the sun doesn’t shine.
This humiliation came after Nero tried to make himself popular with the plebs by busking in the Aventine area, where most of the Christian community lived,) but only collected half a denarius in donations, the coin having been dropped in his hat by a deaf man. The busking experience explains why Nero was such a bastard to Christians.