The Top Ten Most Important Instruments to a Band

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The Top Ten

1
Drums
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
Only in Rock and country guitares are important
try to listen to any other kind of music, you will find drums so much important!
i'm not saying electronic guitares aren't important it just only does matter in Rock music!

With all my respects, a girl drummer
[Newest]Can't have a band without it a drummer keeps the beat and tempo

2Electric 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? ).
[Newest]Absolutely one of the most important if not the most important instrument in a band

3Bass 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 guitar is not the most important instrument because you can have a great band with no guitar player. Drums are not the most important instrument because the drums can drop out during a breakdown and the bass can take over the rhythmic role of the drums, and if you talk to great rhythm sections you'll find that the drummer follows the rhythm of the bass player just as often as the bass follows the rhythm of the drummer.

Bands without bass players are few and far between and always have something filling in the bass part to make a foundation.

Note: Bass is also the most under appreciated instrument in the band because it is not a solo instrument.
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 soloist. Electric guitar is not the most important instrument because you can have a great band with no guitar player. Drums are not the most important instrument because the drums can drop out during a breakdown and the bass can take over the rhythmic role of the drums, and if you talk to great rhythm sections you'll find that the drummer follows the rhythm of the bass player just as often as the bass follows the rhythm of the drummer.

Bands without bass players are few and far between and always have something filling in the bass part to make a foundation.
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!
[Newest]Can't have a band without it


4Piano
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.
I play piano, once you learn it, you can't stop it!

5Trumpet
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
I just recently picked trumpet in my middle school band. I picked it because it is good looking, sounds good and its cheap plus you can play in any band best instrument ever
I agree I play the trumpet in school and many people you can't even hear then in the band
[Newest]Trumpets are one of the main voices

6Acoustic 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.
Extremely important in rock

7Clarinet
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
I think the clarinet should be at the very top

8Violin
Very useful in every genre
It has lots of power amd is a beautiful strong instrument.
Violin is the bomb.com

9Keyboard
I think that keyboard sets the mood for most band's performance
Keyboard is awesome I play
A must in my opinion

10Saxophone
Saxophones give that soft feeling and also that hard feeling. It is good for both marching band and symphonic band.
I play baritone sax but altogether awesome

The Contenders

11Synthesizer
Can be very important in some genres

12Organ

13Harmonica
Great in blues bands and useful in some rock genres

14Cowbell
Listen to Don't fear the reaper, needs more cowbell!

AchillesLastStand

Can be useful in a drum kit

15Flute
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.

16Triangle
Obviously the most important and hardest instrument to play in any decent rock band.
It's useful in a drum kit

17Euphonium
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.

18Oboe
Oboes are ment to tune the band

19Bassoon
It is a deep sound to the band
It is needed for the low woodwinda

20Ukulele
It's like a minnie guitar and has a slightly higher pitch. Very beautiful sound.
It can be necessary

21Bagpipes

22Viola
I think that the viola doesn't even belong in a marching band to began with.

23Turntables
It's important in some types of genres especially rap rock and rap metal bands

24Accordion

25Percussions
The percussion keeps the tempo together.

26Baritone Sax
It's awesome and in the bass section

27Congas
I play it in choir. It's like playing bongos on stands.

28Xylophone

29Snare Drums

30Bongos
Because crocs play them

31Tuba
It is the foundation of a concert band. Without the tuba part, everything else is just noise.
The Tuba adds a nice low tone to a piece of music and is definitely important.

32Sarangi
An awesome instrument from India

33Microphone
Every band needs a vocalist

34Trombone

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Updated Friday, October 31, 2014


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