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What instrument is most in demand? Connecting Musicians to Working Bands Since 1969 Sterling Howard, founder/owner, 818-888-7879 Musicians & industry personnel receiving this info: 49,781


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What instrument is most needed for live band situations? The following observations are based on incoming gigs we have received over the past four decades. For a long time the answer was: Keyboards. For many years most bands couldn't find work unless they had a keyboard player, and keyboards were usually the most costly instrument, hence less players. This always seemed strange to me because during my youth there were more kids taking piano lessons than any other instrument. In my own experience I saw this lack of keyboardists mostly in the 70's and 80's, mostly for cover bands. Bassists were usually the second most in demand, especially for original acts.

What changed in the 90's and up to today? It seems the demand has "evened out". Currently we receive about the SAME amount of requests for guitar, bass, drums, keys, and front vocalists. But what consistently remains the same is the AMOUNT of available players in each category. Everyone always assumes that guitarists are the most plentiful, but the answer is: Drummers. There has not been a single week in our existence when this fact has not been true. Why are there always more drummers? Your guess is as good as mine!

Available guitarists always place second in number behind drummers, followed by bass, keys, and lead singers, all about even. Of course there are many less horn players and miscellaneous instruments. The positive thing for these players is that there's a lot less competition when a gig presents itself!

So instead of band leaders complaining that they can't find a keyboardist, many groups today say they can't find a SINGER. I hear it all the time, "All we need is a vocalist and we could be working". And singers, unlike other musicians, many times are not even required to own their equipment - so where are they all hiding?

Keep it rockin, everyone.........

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