#1
Anyway I was talking to my cousin about the importance of instrunment of a rock group and that compeled me to make this list. You can post your own too and if so make sure its rock (any genre)

1. Drummer - because Ive never heard of a rock band without on and it the heart beat of the band

2. Guitarist - without a good guitar riff you have nothing to make a rock song off of

3.Singer - you need lyric to make it catching

4.Bass - if you dont have it the music sounds crappy

5.Key board / piano - it goes good with hard rock beyond this i dont recemend

6.Rythem guitarist - If you have a key boardist i dont see the point unless its a sub genre key board cant play in.

7.Bongo - just cause
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#2
1.Drummer- just to hold something steady
2.Bass- because it holds it together


all thats needed for a band
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#3
did your ever hear of the band keane
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#4
Harmonica- It really brings out the emotion in what you're wanting to get across.. That's all you need.
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#5
also joe satriani, or maybe steve vai, or perhaps either buckethead or bumblefoot, paul gilbert etc

sometimes all you need is a guitar and thats enough
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#6
Singer is by far the most important for most popular modern rock bands... And you can definitely get away with not having a bassist. The White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are two perfect examples.
#7
Obviously this depends on the genre, but here's how I see it.

1-Cowbell- More Cowbell!

2-Drums- yeah ya need em. Creates a beat and style.

3-bass- build from the bottom up son! Bass link the drums and the guitar. Needed to outline chord changes, give the beat, and mimic the style of the drums.

4-Lead Guitar- something interesting to create fills, solos, or riffs.

5-Vocals-that other dimension of music. The melody and the words lead the piece.

6-Rythm guitar/Keyboard-very dependant on genre you're playing.

7-Accordian/French Horn/Bass Clarinet-if your Arcade Fire.
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#8
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also joe satriani, or maybe steve vai, or perhaps either buckethead or bumblefoot, paul gilbert etc

sometimes all you need is a guitar and thats enough

you realize those arent JUST guitarists, they have drums and bass
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#9
im not saying a band needs all those im just saying whats the most important
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#10
hmmm....i think you should switch lead guitar and rhythm guitar with each other. It's the rythm in a song that's catchy, not the lead parts. Also, how many bands are made of a drummer, bassist, and lead guitarist? I do know of many that have a drummer, bassist, and rythm guitarist though (plus he can sing as well). Anyway, the piano/keys shouldn't be till after that.

Drummer - I mean, u need a beat don't cha?
Rythm Guitarist - It's the riffs that makes songs catchy right?
Singer - Duh! u need a singer...and lyrics!
Bassist - I mean...The White Stripes can pull it off without one, why not u?
Lead Guitarist - We love them (even if they're dicks)...they're what makes songs interesting here and there
Piano/Keys - Only if they add up to the song
Instrumentals - We all love those orchestrated songs don't we?
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#11
Quote by leftybassdude
you realize those arent JUST guitarists, they have drums and bass


Wait, you mean Steve Vai doesn't play drums too?
#12
yeah but do joe, steve, paul, any of them need a drummer or a bass player, you dont think they could get up on stage and blow your f'n mind.
i dont think they need a drummer or a bass player.

edit: so to the person below me, you cant create a basic beat without drums, or bass

i just want to be sure i get that right, but wait
what if you use the guitar to make a percussive sound
then could you be using that one and only instrument to make a beat and then you could SHRED over it
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#13
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Also, how many bands are made of a drummer, bassist, and lead guitarist?

1, Cream, and that's enough.

EDIT: to the post above, they certainly would remain just as talented, but I know I would lose interest in the music itself. You need a basic beat(or groove in a more general sense) to create interest in a song, something to drive it, then you can add some mad shreading/yodeling, whatever suits your tastes.
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#14
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Obviously this depends on the genre, but here's how I see it.

1-Cowbell- More Cowbell!

2-Drums- yeah ya need em. Creates a beat and style.

3-bass- build from the bottom up son! Bass link the drums and the guitar. Needed to outline chord changes, give the beat, and mimic the style of the drums.

4-Lead Guitar- something interesting to create fills, solos, or riffs.

5-Vocals-that other dimension of music. The melody and the words lead the piece.

6-Rythm guitar/Keyboard-very dependant on genre you're playing.

7-Accordian/French Horn/Bass Clarinet-if your Arcade Fire.


You forgot xylophone and several other instruments under Arcade Fire.
#15
and further more, how many joe satriani tracks are just him playing guitar, without drums, or bass, or anything
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You forgot xylophone and several other instruments under Arcade Fire.

Heaven forbid we forget the Hurdy-Gurdy!
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#17
Guitarist at #1. Sorry.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, anyone? So many Al DiMeola songs? Classical? Pshaw, it's all about the guitar. Then drums, then bass, then singer and then rhythm. Keys, sadly, are of least importance. They're damn nice to have...but not essential.

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#18
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1, Cream, and that's enough.

Ahh young grasshopper. You see, Clapton would switch from rhythm to lead. There can be no lead where rhythm does not exist, my son.

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Guitarist at #1. Sorry.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, anyone? So many Al DiMeola songs? Classical? Pshaw, it's all about the guitar. Then drums, then bass, then singer and then rhythm. Keys, sadly, are of least importance. They're damn nice to have...but not essential.

TS stated specifically IN A ROCK BAND.
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#19
Originally Posted by evening_crow
Also, how many bands are made of a drummer, bassist, and lead guitarist?

ever heard of rush?
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#21
I think the idea that any instrument is more important than the other is sad and ****ing depressing, and just shows that the future of music is going to continue to go downhill, as too many people won't realize that it's about the overall finished product, and not focusing on one thing or the other..
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#22
bag pipe-It sounds awesome in hard rock.
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#23
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you realize those arent JUST guitarists, they have drums and bass


But if they're solo, and they usually are, they write all those parts anyways. And since the lead guitar takes care of the main vocal melody, that's a lot of the meat of the song right there.