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

1 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.

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.

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.


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2 Drums

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


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3 Bass

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.

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

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 should be nr 1, drums nr 2 and guitar nr 3 - emilk

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4 Piano/Keyboard

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.

The organ is way more important than the piano in rock in my opinion but whatever. - MilkmanBoi

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5 The Vocals

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

I agree it gets a bit boring with just instruments

Vocals enhance a band


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6 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.

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!

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

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7 Synthesizer

Listen to Who tracks like Baba O' Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again and the synthesizer makes those tracks awesome

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 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.

Saxophone adds a range of interesting sounds and elements to any rock piece.

Three words. Men At Work

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9 Cowbell


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

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10 Microphone

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.

No good songs can be done without the singer!

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The Newcomers

? Alto Saxophone

The Contenders

11 Electric Violin

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


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12 Harmonica

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

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13 Triangle

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

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14 Bass Drum

Nice work yo bum hole

Kyle Escuata is awesome at this

15 Guitar

Guitar is love, Guitar is lyfe.

16 Clarinet

I play clarinet but do NOT NOT NOT picture myself in a rock band. Not under ANY circumstances.

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17 Snare Drum
18 Tambourine

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

Tambourines are cool it won't be one without it

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19 Keytar

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

The keytar is my favorite instrument

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

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20 Talk Box
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