Most Needed Instruments for a Rock Band

In 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
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.

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.

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.

The Electric Guitar is the first thing I think of when someone says "Rock Band".

Hendrix is hands down the best with this instrument! He smokes anyone today!


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!

Just think about your favourite rock song. Now get rid of the drums. Without drums the song has no depth to it, any "punch" in the music is gone

Think of a marching band, now picture it without any drums what so ever. You are then left with a marching without any drums.

Easily the most essential part of all rock. It is the greatest instrument of all time and is the basis to all rock.


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.

It is the roots of the band. If there is no bass who will control the drums, then who will control the rest of the group

Bass holds everything together. It's really important. It also keeps the rhythm with the drums.

Only hot people can play bass and every band needs a hot bassist


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!

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.

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.

Not seen much in my opinion, but a very cool instrument, one that could definitely boost a rock song in my opinion.

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.

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!

A lot of people think that this type of guitar should not be in a rock band but I think otherwords

In '39 this gives it a much softer feel. Makes the song lighter.

The Vocals

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.

All of the top 1000 best rock songs of all time use vocals.

I agree it gets a bit boring with just instruments

They don't call the lead vocalist "The Frontman" for nothing. Essential!


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

Double Bass

Oh yes, I love it. My fave part of the drum set.

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.

Snare Drum

According to me the snare drums should be further up the list

A drum kit is a must have for most rock bands

Yes, definitely needed.


In My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers" the cowbell is my favorite part. It adds the angst and rhythm... Definitely a necessity.

I've got a fever. And the only prescription, is more cowbell.

Banb is a good for me to get my hair back but she was like the first person she is

After hearing this in bohemian rhapsody yeah

The Contenders
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 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

Saxophone is the best instrument for jazz so for a jazz band this is the most important instrument.

The saxophone has a high range of sound a produces a awesome sound if played correctly

Not common in rock and metal but Pink Floyd used sax. Also Foreigner in one song - Urgent.


I think that personally a rock band is ten times cooler when you have some rocking lyrics with a rocking tune! To me a rock band is great when it is by itself don't get me wrong x But a voice behind it all just makes it that much more unique x

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.

I agreed no microphone means no Singer and no Singer means no rock band its just horrible

Every band needs a singer because a band without a song is just wrong wrong wrong

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.

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.

Kansas has a violinist.

Electric Violin

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.

Actually there is many uses of violin in rock and even metal music, especially in folk-rock. Because it sounds better than synthesizer!

Can do similar sounds to a guitar and some cool effects

Electtric violins are a great addition to rock music!


Harmonicas are music to my ears it is so amazing.

Can make a rock song lighter and more unique

Pretty essential... In most bands

Its gotta be there it better be


All rock bands have to be illuminati confirmed

More triangles is always the right decision

I'm with the every band needs an illuminati

Every band needs an illuminati

Cello The cello or violoncello is a bowed or plucked string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

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


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

A keytar is easier to carry around than a piano or keyboard. It's my favorite instrument!

A keyboard and a guitar combined in one!
Makes a very unique guitar and keyboard sound!

The keytar is my favorite instrument


Guitar is love, Guitar is lyfe.


The clarinet is great all of you that are saying it's bad are idiots

For good or mysterious sounds!

Nice but not good

Yasss! I play this instrument it rocks!

Bass Drum

Nice work yo bum hole

Kyle Escuata is awesome at this


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 should be in all bands of all type of music genres and it's a good instrument

Yeah, like in 'Hey Mr Tambourine Man' by the Byrds...

Tambourines are cool it won't be one without it

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.

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

Linkin Park and Evanescence is the best.

Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.

It's used in folk metal (ex., TrollFest)

Old french rock? hard musette? check " l'amour c'est comme un bilboquet "

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