Most Needed Instruments for a Rock BandIn a rock band, there can be many instruments. The list can go on, but here is what is recommended. I based it on the band Queen. Enjoy deciding!
The Top Ten
Brian May delivers many amazing parts to the song which isn't NEEDED but is GREAT to have. He is above the vocalist mostly because a band can survive without a vocalist, but can't really be a ROCK band without your main man, the guitarist.
Why you guys always need to talk about queen members on instruments they are not only one who play that instruments - Ljubo1950
Any good rock band must have an electric guitar, especially one connected to an amp. The electric guitar turns an ordinary band into a rock band, and it adds an amazing detail to any song. If you are going to get a beginner guitar, I suggest the Stratocaster. If you are a pro, get something similar to the Epiphone les Paul Custom.
I like this instrument because it sounds cool.
The electric guitar is an instrument that is so amazing it is capable to give a grown man an erection
If drums are needed to keep the beat of the song, there's something drastically wrong.
In Queen, Roger Taylor is the drummer and adds that extra flavor that is needed or you have no band! Drummers are also essential because they keep the beat to the song, and they also can make sounds unlike any instrument. It may be one of the easier instruments to learn, but hard to master. They play a very important role, and don't you forget it!
Drums no band is a band with out them if they don't have one you will need one!
You need to keep in time...Durr
All you need to do is look up a song without the bass and listen
Bass and drums are the most important ones. they are necessary for the rhythm
Like John Deacon, every band needs the bassist. He is usually quiet but plays the most important roll ever: Keeping the rhythm. He is the back up and is basically essential.
Yup. Queen would sound totally different without John Deacon. - Userguy44
Only hot people can play bass and every band needs a hot bassist
The piano is NOT the most instrument needed in a band. Definitely NOT essential.
This is by far the coolest instrument you come across in a band. Not only can an electric keyboard play the standard Piano sounds, but also many many other sounds including orchestral instruments, organs, powerful synth lead sounds, and even sound effects. Its versatility makes it extremely useful for bands because it adds so much sound, much more than any other instrument can. It is arguable that the piano is the easiest instrument to play FAST and upbeat music on because of its relatively simple sound mechanism. Keyboardist such as the great Jordan Rudess of the band Dream Theater frequently shows off virtuosic solos and licks that would give any guitarist a run for his money. The Piano sound itself is the instrument of choice for blues and boogie-woogie music. If you are considering forming a band, make sure you heavily consider having a keyboardist!
Not essential, but this adds an awesome power to a song when you use it. Early Queen songs may not have used much piano but they still sounded great. Some with pianos sounded better, though! Cool effect.
A keyboard/piano is probably the most important instrument in a band because it can become a one man band if you notice the greatest songs of all time use a piano as their entrance and an entry to a Sony is the most important part. You need a keyboard or a piano in a rock band.
In '39 this gives it a much softer feel. Makes the song lighter.
I know its called country guitar but I'm use to saying it acoustic guitar its good for like calmer portions of the song if you have calmer portions.
For Rock Songs with an Acoustic Vibe in the quiet verses and the Electric Guitar in the chorus. Great contrast!
Go suck an apple
Vocals reveal and give the meaning of the song. I don't think a song is boring without vocals, because there are really good rock/metal instrumentals. - Userguy44
Yeah there are all top 1000 best rock songs of all time use vocals but my opinion is that all people should listen to rock & heavy metal bands like me I listen to rock & heavy metal bands
They don't call the lead vocalist "The Frontman" for nothing. Essential!
All of the top 1000 best rock songs of all time use vocals.
The best instrument in rock as it gets the feeling of a massive amount of power with control in songs like Baker Street by Gerry rafferty and born to run by Bruce Springsteen. It can also play softly and emotionally like in songs like careless whisper by George Michael. Such an amazing instrument
As a sax player I know this is an instrument of true power of a huge quantity it can puncture silence with an loud rock solo or can softly change the song into an emotionally beautiful masterpiece
The saxophone has a high range of sound a produces a awesome sound if played correctly
Sax is the only woodwind or brass instrument that can fit in a rock band.
Listen to Who tracks like Baba O' Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again and the synthesizer makes those tracks awesome
Synthesizer Sounds Very Good though
Oh yes, I love it. My fave part of the drum set. - Metal_Treasure
Double Bass needs to be up near the top. If Bass is up there, so should double bass. In the beginnings of rock, Double bass was really common. It was like bare bones of a rock 'n' roll band.
Wow, 0.2% is pathetic...
Do your research before you vote and say stupid things about cowbells and flutes and recorders. >:(
Ever heard of Jinxx? He plays violin away from black veil brides but I believe that he has played it in a few of their songs.
Ever heard of The Electric Light Orchestra? They used violin and cello in their music.
The very best bands have at least one violin.
Its Only Teenage Wasteland
WHY ON EARTH WOULD THERE BE A COW BELL IN A ROCK BAND. SINCE WHEN WERE COWS ASSOCIATED WITH ROCK. NON.
I've got a fever. And the only prescription, is more cowbell.
In My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers" the cowbell is my favorite part. It adds the angst and rhythm... Definitely a necessity.
After hearing this in bohemian rhapsody yeah
Actually there is many uses of violin in rock and even metal music, especially in folk-rock. Because it sounds better than synthesizer!
I personally love playing rock on the violin it makes some of the best sounds in rock and is brilliant at bringing some stranger instruments and sounds into the music.
Can do similar sounds to a guitar and some cool effects
Sounds good in a band
According to me the snare drums should be further up the list
Yes, definitely needed. - Metal_Treasure
A drum kit is a must have for most rock bands
It's not the most needed, but it's gotta be in the top 5. The human voice can make a great song by itself.
Every band needs a singer because a band without a song is just wrong wrong wrong
The bands use this to sing with.
I don't think I every saw a band without a singer before
Every band needs an illuminati
All rock bands have to be illuminati confirmed
More triangles is always the right decision
I'm with the every band needs an illuminati
Pretty essential... In most bands
Its gotta be there it better be
Harmonicas are music to my ears it is so amazing.
Can make a rock song lighter and more unique
THE KEYTAR IS THE GOD OF ALL INSTRUMENTS I MEAN HALF GUITAR HALF KEYBOARD ALL AWESOME! Although only a few bands use them, they are still a must have for ANY band! And they sound amazing in all genres of music (I prefer playing my keytar to rock/metal music) but they can sound kinda boring without a guitar amp or a distorter if u get one of those then the keytar unlocks it's true awesome potential! -Avery
The keytar is a legend, don’t question, it just is. Ohh Yehhh
-A random Keytar Lover, I play keytar in mah rock band >
A keytar is easier to carry around than a piano or keyboard. It's my favorite instrument!
The keytar is my favorite instrument
The clarinet is great all of you that are saying it's bad are idiots
I play clarinet but do NOT NOT NOT picture myself in a rock band. Not under ANY circumstances.
For good or mysterious sounds!
Nice but not good
Why isn't this on the list yet. - MilkmanBoi
Powerwolf makes it work so well
Tambourines should be in all bands of all type of music genres and it's a good instrument
I don't think that tambourine should be first, but it should b higher than it is. Just take a look at The Who song Teenage Wasteland, Tambourine is a big part. :)
It should at least be higher than a cowbell, or recorder. I mean, really people?!
Tambourines are cool it won't be one without it
Yeah, like in 'Hey Mr Tambourine Man' by the Byrds...
A lot of aspiring rock bands are beginning to use the cello as a bass line. Who wouldn't? I, personally, play it and love playing the rock music.
Not common but some metal bands use it - Metal_Treasure
Guitar is love, Guitar is lyfe.
This is an amazing instrument but in a rock band you should use a keyboard instead.
The soft music that is just right in some songs like if it is a fun song or a slow song
Its that part that needs to be there to bring it all together
Used in progressive rock/metal - Metal_Treasure
Nice work yo bum hole
Kyle Escuata is awesome at this
It's used in folk metal (ex., TrollFest) - Metal_Treasure
Old french rock? hard musette? check " l'amour c'est comme un bilboquet "
I played flute with a rock band for many years. Easily harmonizes with electric guitar lead lines. And great for soloing
You actually have to have a flute! I play covers of new songs and it sounds epic
Jethro Tull + symphonic metal (and some power metal songs) - Metal_Treasure
I love the flute you can almost play every song with it.
Was it ever used in rock/metal? - Metal_Treasure
I like to kick it French stile hell yeha
We thinknit rocks
Ruby tuesday... Stairway to heaven... If the song is right it really adds something
If you don't think Recorders rock, you need to get right with the Lord. - VisionsOfSight
Twenty one pilots
Ukes for life
I like to sing, dance, pretend, AND, KAAAZZZOO!
I love THIS INSTURMENT It's SO NICE AND LOVELY SOUND! 1! rawr
Trombone For Life Man Those Low Notes Like B Flat And C Natural
For those low sounds that a sax just can't get. You'd be surprised how handy it comes in!
Trombone all the way
Trombone 4 LIFE
Can add many positive effects to any rock band, and provide plenty of volume.
It's a great instrument, and it can give you a better feel to the song.
Any examples of how it was used in rock/metal? Was it ever used? - Metal_Treasure
Some good songs use trumpets
These are essential making the music gangsta style!
I like that instrument
A grand piano is nice.
What is this!? A sound thing?
You need a launch pad
What even is this
A guitar with a lot more strings.
You need one as fat as Kyle. E
They sound like rattlesnakes and can sound ominous in the right song or to heighten the perceived pace of a music score.
Shake those ass girl
Dropkick Murphys. - 445956
It's A Long Way To The Top!
If You Wanna Rock and Roll!
Just like the ones in AC/DC
Like the Alto Saxophone, the Tenor Sax can also make a awesome noise if you actually know how to use it. The only difference between the Tenor Sax and the alto Sax is that the Tenor is a bit deeper.
The alto sax is better. - MilkmanBoi
Washboard is absolutely needed
I know, it does seem weird to have in a rock band, especially when performing. However, bassoons are an alternative to bass and can provide that important small feature to fill the gaps.