The Format of Rock

Posted: October 2, 2009 in General

As soon as you get serious about a musical instrument you start to think about music differently. You tear apart songs into their components and begin to listen to the intricacies that are contained within. I wouldn’t say that the enjoyment is any different than for those who don’t play an instrument (I might even suggest that ignorance is bliss).

What struck me recently is that the “standard” rock band is a drummer, bassist, and a guitarist (or two) and a singer. Sure there are bands that might vary from the formula. I’m seeing Ben Folds tonight who simply replaces a guitarist with a pianist. Some bands might throw in a few other instruments, but the core still remains.

I’m left wondering why. Why did we decide that drummer, bass, and guitar was the combination for rock?

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