The Top Ten Most Important Instruments to a Band


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

Most of the people that vote for instruments like the electric guitar and bass, in my opinion, with no offense intended, are heavy metal and rock listeners, who probably have never cared to actually listen to a wind ensemble or marching band, or even rock itself. This vote isn't about the nicest sounding instrument, there's another poll for that, metal and rock listeners. I read a comment saying "Take away a guitar and it doesn't have a genre." Guitars didn't even EXIST for a long time. Drums however, are seen in almost every single song with more than two or three different types of instruments. Take away drums? You no longer have a steady beat, you no longer have a solid cadence to listen to, and the bass of your songs are removed. Drums are, by far the most important instrument in a band, and they can sound pretty amazing in solos too.

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

In my experience, I've noticed that there can be bands with or without guitar or bass but there is never a good band that doesn't have a solid drum player

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2 Bass 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


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!

Bass is the most important instrument in a band because it lays down the tone, both the drummer and the guitarist feed off the bass

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3 Electric Guitar Electric Guitar The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable more.

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!

In music the most recognizable part of the song is the Melody. Drums are vital to having a song sound like its supposed to but since it doesn't play the main part/recognizable but people wont understand what the song would be as many songs can share similar drum parts. HOWEVER I personally enjoy classic rock and some rock/jazz and I can say that it does depend on what type of band. In any rock band both bass,guitar and drums and very important but the part that stands out is generally played by the electric guitar. In jazz though drums sometimes provides part of the main song not just the beat of it.

It is possible to compose contemporary classical music + avangarde jazz pieces for solo electric guitar + developing improvisation skills which the pianists need 3 hands for being able to play them but you have to study very seriously upper intermediate level of classical piano + technically doctorate level degree of classical guitar (with a repertory transcribed from piano to guitar as op.1 Alban Berg or op 27 Anton Webern etc).+ top level of advanced classical music theory for achieving this level. Actually electric guitar is the only instrument can offer this possibility but guitarists do not want to study too much.. Because they are lazy and have no will power for studying real thing so much. Some guitarists as Stanley Jordan develope two hand tapping technic by studying very much for feeling theirself as a pianist but the result does not get further than a pianist with average technical level.

Drums are important. I am the drummer in the band I play in, but not every song needs drums. Without the guitars, however, both acoustic and electric, the song would be kinda bad. Next to vocals, guitars are the most important!

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4 Clarinet

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.

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.

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

First of all the clarinet can produce a variety of sounds such as really high or really low. Second the clarinet is fairly easy to learn, I have been playing for 3 years now and will continue to play in my schools band. In my band we have solos a lot because the clarinets can help carry a melody.

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5 Trumpet Trumpet A trumpet is a blown musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family.

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.

The trumpet is important to the band. They can carry the melody or moving parts in the background and honestly, they sound beautiful doing either. Play correctly they have such a rich and amazing tone (especially when they players add vibrato). Plus they can be in a jazz band which all instruments can't really play in. The trumpet in my opinion is underrated and bashed in ways. It's the best band instrument and I may or may not be saying that because I play the trumpet lol.

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.

I play oboe and I can tell you that as uncertain as I am the trumpets guide me. Most people would say this about the saxophone, but I can't even hear myself when they play.

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6 Piano Piano The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

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.

It's just a fun instrument and a starting place for all other instruments because it builds skill in your fingers.

Piano is the 4th most important instrument in a band.

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7 Trombone

Low brass is very important, probably the most important part of a band. And which low brass instrument is the best, trombone, thus making it the most important

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

I think it true along with tuba

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8 Saxophone Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

The Saxophone was invented to give the woodwinds more sound and notice because wood winds were overblown by brass and the sax also was meant to make the brass seem less powerful. It often plays with the melody or Is there to make songs more interesting and lastly it is a very low and high instrument

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.

It is what I play

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9 Flute Flute The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

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.

Obviously flute because without the flute there wouldn't be much of a melody and besides the flute is so important because it sounds BEAUTIFUL the rest of the instruments sounds good to but flutes are soft and smooth so yea FLUTES SHOULD BE IN TOP 10!

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.

I can play it with the nose the titanic song

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10 Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically - by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air - as opposed to relying on electronic amplification.

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

A guitar is the most important

They are way better and awseome

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The Contenders

11 Keyboard

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

It's the best for pop and rock bands

Keyboard is awesome I play

Eyy replace piano with keyboard so u can be more versatile in your band

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12 Violin Violin The violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

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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13 French Horn

The French horn is a hard instrument. You need to have good ears and tell if you're hitting the right note. The French horn is a beautiful looking instrument. Also while having to tell if you're hitting the right note you have to be good with melody and be able to hit all you're notes. It has a very nice sound

French Horn (mellophone in the marching band) is important because it has a soft sound that you usually don't get from the other brass instruments.

The french horn is perfect, because of the sound, and the fact that you have a very high range, so you can play really low notes, but also high notes.

The bbbeeessst

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14 Tuba

Every band needs a tuba player, I mean seriously, it's practically the beat of the music! Also, the tuba goes lower than most or all instruments, so if you need to hit the low note, just point to tuba! It also is the most fun instrument to play. You get to do that awesome lip thing you did all the time when you were five. plus, not many people can get a sound out of tuba, so if you can, you should try it. Not many people do tuba, so you'd get a lot of attention from peers.


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.

As a tuba player, I feel unappreciated a lot. We don’t really get the good parts, and we mainly get a bunch of drum lines, if we’re lucky. Or else it’s just a bunch of whole notes, depending on the song. So seeing these comments have really made me happy. Also, I like hearing the band with no tuba then when you bring the tubas in and then you can really hear those low notes.

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15 Euphonium

Literally if you don't play in low brass, your first words are going to be "what is a Euphonium? " and make the section angered at you. All instruments are important, but this one should certainly be higher on the list. It has an expansive range (Cb1 which is lower than most tubas go, all the way up to a F5, four and a half octaves, which is why it is flexible) and it plays anywhere from contrabass to alto voicing, but normally staying within it's tenor voice. Due to it's 2/3 conical bore, it makes a dark and mellow sound, compared to the inverted Baritone Horn, which is much brighter. It rarely carries the melody because most composers simply have no knowledge of the instrument. It's misidentified as a Baritone because it is rarely taught about, not even at the professional level. Its tone is very colorful, and when played correctly, you can make it out and will be satisfied with its performance.

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.

The euphonium plays so many different parts in every song, that it sort of blends everyone's parts together, making the song more pleasant to listen to overall. The euphonium's warm sound also produce a nice, strong base for the melody.

Euphonium fanboys. GO TROMBONE!

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16 Oboe

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.

The oboe is the instrument that you can pick out from the crowd in the band. It's the one that gives the band its humanity

I play oboe and it is one of the hardest instruments, and it sounds horrible on its own but it really make the band

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17 Microphone

The words bring feeling into the music. Without the voice the song is nothing. There's a show called The Voice and American Idol, not the The Oboe or American Trumpet. Try listening to just the oboe play every time you listen to music. Or plain violin. Or plain piano. It's OK. But you get bored even if you're listening to lots of different songs. Then try listening to people singing different songs without music. In my opinion, not boring. I personally think that the voice with no music is better than all instruments together. The voice doesn't only show sound, like other instruments do, but it shows feeling, which I think is more powerful than any sound.

The voice is what breathes life into every chord

Every band needs a vocalist

Every song needs lyrics

18 Cowbell

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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19 Synthesizer

Can be very important in some genres

20 Harmonica

Great in blues bands and useful in some rock genres

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