The Top Ten Most Important Instruments to a Band

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1Drums

I have been in band for many years and I can conclude that drums are the most important instrument, and I don't even play the drums! I don't know why guitars are at the top. I don't know if it was some biased guitar fans or what. Guitars are mainly for rock and country. If you take away the drums in a song...well its hard to know what your even listening to. Now, I have been in concert and jazz band. Whenever the drummer was away for practice, it was so hard to carry on! The drum provides the rhythm for us, and drums help you follow the song and also fill in gaps. Without drums it just sounds odd and even messy at times. I don't know one song where we didn't require some time of drum. This is coming from a trumpet player, so no biased thoughts here - dragonfly99

The reason of this is simple:

1. Eliminate the guitar from the band and listen how it sounds... Sure not the same that with the guitar on, but you may recognize song after all.
2. Eliminate the drums. How does it sound right now?... Yeah, it SUCKS HARD. You may not now wtf are you listening

Drums help keep the rhythm and keep the song upbeat. Look up drum less versions of songs on YouTube, and see how your favorite songs sound without drums. Other instruments can be replaced or substituted, you can play a guitar part on a piano, but you can't play a drum part on a different instrument. Admittedly I am a percussionist so I'm a bit biased, but it's still a valid point.

Music is not even recognizable without the drums!

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2Bass Guitar

All instruments are important, a band's not a band without a combination of instruments, but Bass is the one instrument that every good band needs. Bass lays down rhythm and establishes the chord progressions that the whole song is built on. The bass is the foundation the band is built on, and although you can't have a house without walls and a roof, you can't have walls and a roof without a solid foundation.

A great bass player can then expand from the two main roles of rhythm and chord progression and become counter melody (to the singer, lead guitar, piano, or whatever instrument has the melody at the time). Without a bass player, the melody is not part of a "band" it's just a solo with some accompaniment. If the bass line changes, even without changing the chord progression, the whole song can change in tonality rhythm and feeling.

The bass is no doubt a supporting instrument, but it's the support that makes the band a band, and not just a soloist. Electric ...more

Bass!

All instruments are important, a band's not a band without a combination of instruments, but Bass is the one instrument that every good band needs. Bass lays down rhythm and establishes the chord progressions that the whole song is built on. The bass is the foundation the band is built on, and although you can't have a house without walls and a roof, you can't have walls and a roof without a solid foundation.

A great bass player can then expand from the two main roles of rhythm and chord progression and become counter melody (to the singer, lead guitar, piano, or whatever instrument has the melody at the time). Without a bass player, the melody is not part of a "band" it's just a solo with some accompaniment. If the bass line changes, even without changing the chord progression, the whole song can change in tonality rhythm and feeling.

The bass is no doubt a supporting instrument, but it's the support that makes the band a band, and not just a ...more

It's clear most of the people on this list don't have a clue about how a band works... The electric guitar may be cool but it wouldn't be able to do all the cool stuff it does without the bass. The bass and the drums are the most important part of all bands. It's like a song is a house. The guitar and singing is the wallpaper and furniture. There very nice, but not on their own. The bass and drums are the concrete and foundation. Which is what you need to make the wallpaper and furniture look good. If your wondering why I decided to vote bass out of bass and drums, here's why. What is the only instrument that is used in every style of western music? BASS GUITAR!

Can accomplish all musical roles.

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3Electric Guitar

People says drums are most important. Try a song without the guitar and it fits no genre. Take out the drums and at least you will know what your listening to. I listen to metal, Thrash to be exact, and those who say an acoustic fits all genres, listen to Slayer, Destruction, Exodus, or Dark Angel and tell me you could replace an electric guitar with an acoustic!

When there is a solo the first thing you think is electric guitar because you don't see drums solo because it's not sound good. Drums can be replaced with all the techno thing but electric guitars no and it's more difficult than drums you super fingers for guitars.

Yes, piano and drums are important. Yes, it's more fun if you add some dumb instrument like a violin or saxophone or something once in a while,

BUT,

how can you not have a guitar?! That would be the greatest crime ever committed, well apart from coming up with the likes of lady gaga and hannah montanna (notice I can't even be bothered to capitalize them? ).

Absolutely one of the most important if not the most important instrument in a band

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4Clarinet

CLARINET! Because one it needs to be used more often in a band so that when it is played or seen on a stage it plays a variety of notes rhythms and has a beautiful sound this needs to be at the top! You can teach any clarinet player to play your favorite song and it is likely that would happen because they have leaned the song and the notes including the rhythms or they could play any song in the world like I taught myself how to play songs written by pop stars like Katy Perry and Taio Cruz.

The clarinet is very important because it's so versatile. No other band instrument can go as deep as a tube, high as a flute, jazzy like a sax, and lovely like an oboe. The clarinets usually handle the melody but also can take over a bassline

Clarinet should for sure be at the top of the list because it is a very loud instrument that without it the band would be incomplete.

Clarinet because it makes the sound into an even better sound and controls the whole woodwind section

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5Piano

I play piano, and I must say to be honest all instruments of the band are equally important! After all, you can't have a band without all the instruments! The reason I voted piano though is because most songs can be played solely by a piano, and you see piano covers of songs all the time, however I still believe all instruments are equally important! It's the musical accents, not just the vocals and melody, that can make all the difference in a song.

I think piano is the best because you can play any song you like on the piano. The only thing is that it's a bit too big... Being a pianist has also taught me to have more control over my fingers, moving fast or slow and hitting the correct key at the correct time. I'm surprise piano didn't come out as the top instrument. And I think violin in also good. Maybe second in the list.

They didn't ask why you like/don't like the instrument, they asked why it's most important in a band.

The piano adds construct to a song. a lot of song writers begin with piano's because of its great range of chords. although not the best-est thing for a rock band, there a plenty bands that rely on it outside of rock.

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6Trumpet

The trumpet usually always has the main and most important part of the song. If you listen to famous songs, such as the main theme of Star Wars, the trumpet stands out over all instruments (while it's playing). The trumpet is a good instrument for almost any song, and it's easy to carry around, so you don't have to worry about things like that. The notes are relatively easy to play, especially compared to other instruments, once you get the hang of it. Although drums can keep the beat, any instrument can do that as well. It may not be as efficient as a drum, but it's still does the job. Overall, trumpet it the most important instrument in a band.

I play just about everything. And overall the trumpets are the most important. The trumpet can play an extremely diverse range and is a beautiful instrument. Trumpets are also great when playing solo. Mainly though, trumpets and other brass are usually the heart of a band's sound. Yes the percussion keeps rhythm but a good band can sound just as good without it. Any instrument can be used to keep rhythm. By far the trumpet seems most important.

The trumpet is the heart and soul of any band. It can be a jazz, marching, and concert instrument. Plus, it's been played since Roman Times. Trumpet is beast; Long Live the King

This is vital to jazz band

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7Acoustic Guitar

Even though most people think electric guitar is better, in my opinion acoustic guitar is more relaxing, quiet, and natural. Overall, I definitely think acoustic guitar is very important to bands of any kind.

This instrument can accompany in any music genre. easy to use everywhere anytime.

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8Trombone

It keeps the bass line and makes sure that the melody has something to go along with it.

I think that the trombone is the best it sets the mood by playing high and playing low

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9Saxophone

The saxaphone is the melody and personality of the band! It's basically the only woodwind you can hear and it has a personality of its own. It's better than all brass instruments because it can be high and low, so it could be woodwind parts and also brass, so why even need brass? It's much better than percussion also. It adds a melody and pizazz to the song when all you need to know to play a snare, timbani, bass drum, cow bell, triangle, etc is to know how to count to at least four and roll.

Saxophones give that soft feeling and also that hard feeling. It is good for both marching band and symphonic band.

I love the saxophone because it's soft and loud.

Can play almost ANYTHING

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10Keyboard

I think that keyboard sets the mood for most band's performance

You guys realize that piano is already on here which makes the exact same sound. - PianoQueen

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The Contenders

11Violin

The violins are the main! Without them the music is going to sound motionless

Violin can be good for any band but it is more of a background

The violin has its own unique beautiful and elegant sound. It sets a good mood when you listen that just makes you want more. While having a beautiful and elegant sound it IS beautiful and elegant looking.🎻

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12Flute

The flute is important to concert band, definitely. Why else would it be the flautists that sit in the front? We play the melody often, which is a whole half of the song. Flutes can be soft and melodic, almost like a clarinet, or they can be loud, staccato, and high. There's a pretty large range the flute can play. Also, it's quite difficult. Other instrument players don't realize how much air it takes a person to blow into their flute. Only half of the air you'd blow would go into it the other half would go right over the top of it. Good posture is another hard thing with flute. With oboe or clarinet, you just hold your instrument and play. With saxophone, you almost get permission to be a little slouchy they are pretty heavy instruments. With flute, however, you have to sit up straight, not rest your elbow on the back of your chair, and hold your flute straight up the whole time you play. Your left wrist will constantly be sore. Finally, you may be whacked by other flutes nearby.

Flutes may be soft but they add to the overall sound of the band as a whole and the flutes can go high and low which means they can go through a whole range of notes.

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13Synthesizer

Can be very important in some genres

14Oboe

The oboe IS a very hard instrument to play. I've tried it before and I'll admit, it's hard. You need a kind of personality where you persevere if you have a tough time, the kind of person who will only go for an A A A. Although being a tough instrument it creates a powerful band.

Oboe is one of the hardest ever instruments to play some people take the oboe for granted when I have noticed it is a grand instrument.

Oboe is hard, but with that thing, it creates a powerful band - SuperBacca

The whole band tunes to the oboe! I mean, seriously, them is hard to tune!

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15Organ
16Harmonica

Great in blues bands and useful in some rock genres

17Cowbell

Listen to Don't fear the reaper, needs more cowbell! - AchillesLastStand

It's A COWBELL FOR GOD SAKES! This should be #3 behind sax and oboe

It's a flipping cowbell use it it should be 1

More cowbell! - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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18Euphonium

The euphonium is great because it carries the baritone melody in a mellow and listenable way. Trombones and baritones came close in this category but they are too piercing and tend to solely carry the baritone line. While this is important, the euphonium carries the baritone line and helps it blend in so that it doesn't come out as piercing and unorchestral. The trombone and baritone may get the baritone line to be significant and regal, but the euphonium is the glue that keeps the baritone line together with the rest of the orchestra/band.

YES! Go Euphonium! Everyone said I was crazy or doing it, but SO WHAT!
You know, Euphonium means 'beautiful sound' according to Wikipedia. BOOM!

19Microphone

The voice is what breathes life into every chord

Every band needs a vocalist

20Triangle

Obviously the most important and hardest instrument to play in any decent rock band.

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