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A music band, also known as an instrumental band or book of dead, is a collective group of people that play either vocal or instrumental music. Most music bands consist of only instrumentalists, like the jazz quintet or the pop quartet. The number of people in the group is called the membership and most music bands are comprised of five or six members.
In the beginning, music bands were often only a group of friends with guitars and drums. However, today most groups are made up of many different genres of music, including rock, pop, classical, jazz and anything else. There are also many kinds of instruments that are used in music bands. Some common instruments include the following:
The acoustic guitar is the oldest and most common of all instruments in music bands. It can be played on its own, as part of a larger group, or as a solo instrument. An acoustic guitar has a distinctive sound, which makes it popular in many genres of music.
The electric guitar was invented by J Mascis, who made it popular in the early '70s. An electric guitar has two strings on its head, while an acoustic has just one string.
The bass guitar is made to be played with both hands. Most bass guitars are made with a pick, but some bass players like to use a thumb pick for playing. Bass guitarists can make their basses have different sounds by altering the strings.
The steel guitar is much more popular than the acoustic guitar and is played more often than either one. The steel guitar is used mainly for solo performances or as an accompaniment for a more traditional instrument, like a violin.
The violin is the second most popular type of music instrument and is very versatile in its use. It is very difficult to master playing the violin and is not appropriate for every level of guitar players.
Piano players are the third most popular type of player and usually play the drums, keyboards or even sit in with other bands or do solo performances. Piano players can be very versatile because they can change their techniques and style as they gain experience and expertise. Other types of music instruments that use the piano include: marimbas, keyboards and organ.
Violinists are the fourth most popular type of player and are responsible for many of the great bands that we all know. Violets have become very popular and the violins are made of different materials. Many people think that a violinist plays a piano and vice versa, but this is not true. The main difference is that the piano is not the main keyboard of a violin.
The fifth most popular type of player is the drummer and he or she uses drums, percussion instruments and sometimes the piano or a keyboard. The drum is very common in a band as it adds rhythm and also creates a beat.
Percussion instruments are used by drummers to add some spice and are sometimes played on the top of the instrument. A great example of this is the drum machine that is played when the singer sings. A great singer can create an incredibly unique and personal effect by using different percussion instruments.
Metal instruments are used by musicians that like to play rock or reggae. These are usually made of metal such as drums, cymbals, keyboards, snare drums and tambourine.
The six most popular types of instruments are only a small sampling of the many others that the most famous band members have used in their music bands. Most of them are very simple and can be played on their own, but there are other instruments that are played in a band that have not been mentioned here.
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