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Rock band (or rock group) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. Deriving its name from the musical style which was its immediate progenitor, rock and roll, the type of music played by rock groups has its roots deeply steeped in both rock and roll, and its immediate forebear, rhythm and blues. Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Rock Band is an upcoming music video game under development by Harmonix Music Systems, published by MTV Games, and to be distributed by Electronic Arts Partners scheduled for a North American release during the 2007 holiday season. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ...


The rock group tends to have a heavy focus on certain instruments, principally electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums. Keyboard instruments such as electronic organs were featured from the outset by groups such as Manfred Mann and The Animals, and later in the 1960s, rock bands such as The Who, Pink Floyd, The Doors and Hawkwind experimented with synthesizers. Practically any other musical instrument, however, may be deployed within the context of a rock band, for example the flute (Jethro Tull), violin (Kansas & Yellowcard), pipe organ (Arcade Fire), saxophone (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), bagpipes (AC/DC), or theremin (Pixies). An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Classic Hammond B-3 organ. ... Cock-A-Hoop Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Manns Earth Band. ... The US edition of The Animals self-titled debut album. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... This page is about the rock band. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... ♠ This article is about the family of musical instruments. ... For the 18th-century agriculturist after whom the band was named, see Jethro Tull (agriculturist). ... For the Anne Rice novel, see Violin (novel). ... For other uses, see Kansas (disambiguation). ... Yellowcard is a rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. ... The baroque organ in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark The pipe organ is a musical instrument that produces sound by forcing pressurized air (referred to as wind) through a series of pipes. ... Arcade Fire (often known as The Arcade Fire) is an indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, American singer and songwriter, nicknamed The Boss. He frequently recorded with The E-Street Band. ... A piper playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. ... This article is about the band. ... Léon Theremin playing an early theremin The theremin (originally pronounced but often anglicized as [1]), or thereminvox, is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ...


A rock group or band usually consists of at least four musical roles: lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist, and drummer, forming a quartet (group of four) such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Ramones and Red Hot Chili Peppers. A band comprising only three members, often called a "Power Trio", with one of the instrumentalists singing as well, is also common. Examples include Green Day, Rush, ZZ Top, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Nirvana, The Police and Primus. For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a commonly spoken phrase used to refer to the electric bass and horizontal acoustic basses, a stringed instrument similar in design to the electric guitar, but larger in size, commonly fretted and sometimes fretless and with a lower range. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... A quartet is a group of four identical or similar objects, or a grouping of four persons for a common purpose. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a highly influential, though short-lived, English/American rock band famous for the guitar work of frontman Jimi Hendrix on songs such as Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Fire, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along the Watchtower and Spanish Castle Magic. // Hendrix arrived in... Cream were a classic 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... The Police was a three-piece British pop band which was strongly influenced by reggae, and came to prominence in the wake of the punk rock phenomenon and rose to become one of the most popular groups in the world from the late 1970s to the mid- 1980s. ... For other uses, see Primus. ...

Many rock bands also include a rhythm guitarist and/or a keyboardist, who work with the bassist and the drummer in the rhythm section. The role of these instruments is to identify and play chords and chordal accompaniment for the soloist and to merge with the overall groove of the rhythm section. Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... Rhythm section refers to the musicians whose primary jobs in a jazz or popular music band or ensemble is to establish the rhythm of a song or musical piece, often via repeated riffs or ostinati. ...

The lead singer may also play an instrument while singing, most commonly the guitar (as in The Beatles, and Kiss), bass guitar (as seen in Pink Floyd, Motörhead, Rush and The Police), or keyboard (as is the case with Rush). When the lead singer role is taken by one of the other primary musicians, unusual configurations are possible, such as the three-guitar model of such bands as Molly Hatchet and Radiohead. One of two or more guitarists in a band may usually play either rhythm or lead exclusively, especially when performing live; however, when they are in the studio, they may switch roles, as is the case with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.[citation needed] The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... This article is about the band. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Molly Hatchet is an American Southern rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1974, known primarily for their hit song Flirtin with Disaster from the album of the same title. ... Radiohead are an English rock band. ... This article is about the band. ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ...

Furthermore, some bands, especially in nu-metal and rapcore, may even have rappers and/or turntablists in the line-up, such as in Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, and Slipknot. Nu metal is a musical genre that emerged in the late 1990s which fuses influences from grunge[1] and alternative metal with funk music, hip-hop, and various heavy metal genres, such as thrash metal and groove metal. ... Rapcore is a musical genre that fuses the techniques of hip hop, gangsta rap, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, hardcore punk and sometimes funk. ... Rap redirects here. ... DJ Mixer. ... Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. ... Rage Against the Machine (also Rage and RATM) is an American rock band, noted for their blend of hip hop, heavy metal, punk and funk as well as their revolutionary politics and lyrics. ... Incubus is a five-piece American alternative rock band based out of Calabasas, California. ... Slipknot (sometimes typeset as SlipKnoT to fit their logo) is a Grammy winning American metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. ...

If there is an addition of instruments from other areas of music, such as stringed instruments like a violin or cello, or horns like trumpets or trombones, the band is seen as diverging too far from the main four roles, creating a tendency to classify the group not as a rock band, but with a genre seen as more specific than "rock" (e.g. heavy metal or progressive rock). For the Anne Rice novel, see Violin (novel). ... This article is about the stringed musical instrument. ... Trumpeter redirects here. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ...

While some rock bands may add several additional singers and instrumentalists, they hardly ever lose the four primary roles. Some notable exceptions are The White Stripes, Local H (who consist of only a drummer and a guitarist/singer), Morphine (who consist of only bass/vocals, saxophone and drums), Ben Folds Five (who consist of only drums, bass, piano and vocals), Keane (which consists of drums, keyboard and vocals), The Doors (which consisted of vocals, guitar, drums and keyboard) and The Rolling Stones (who do not have a bassist in their official line-up, though Darryl Jones tours with the band in this role). This article is about the American duo. ... Local H is a rock duo (sometimes described as grunge), formed by Scott Lucas (lead vocals, guitar, bass) and Joe Daniels (drums). ... Morphine was an alternative rock group formed by Mark Sandman and Dana Colley in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1989. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... For other uses, see Keane (disambiguation). ... This page is about the rock band. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Darryl Jones (born December 11, 1961), also known as The Munch, is an American bassist, highly regarded in both jazz and rock music. ...

The most common formation for rock/metal bands in recent times is a quintet consisting of vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarists, bassist, and drummer.

See also

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