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You Are What You Play

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Even if you’ve only been in the music industry for a short time, you’ve probably noticed something: There are a lot of stereotypes. Some aren’t so nice, but others are so hilariously true that they just can’t be ignored.

Is your guitarist a show off?

Does your drummer never seem to shut up?

Among other common themes throughout the musical world, these are probably pretty well known in your band, or the bands you listen to. Here’s the good, the bad, and the undeniable for every member of your favorite lineup!

Guitarists

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These guys and girls are a pretty diverse group, even in their stereotypes.

The Good

Both rhythm and lead guitarists are virtuosos when it comes to writing riffs. Give them a beat or a few notes and they’ll give you the sickest song you’ve ever heard.

The Bad

Guitarists are inherently show-offs. They love those long, complicated solos, and when they don’t get them, well… Trust that they’ll find a way to make their own, anyway.

The Undeniable

They’re often the most fun members of the band! Guitarists’ creativity can lead them on all sorts of adventures, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to come along for the ride.

 

Bassists

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Oh, the hundreds of stereotypes… How could we pick just three?

The Good

Bassists are known to be extremely reliable, probably because of their steady, rhythmic role in music. Even when the rest of the band is goofing off, the bassist is often the sole member to keep things under control— on and  offstage!

The Bad

When talking to non-bassists, they’re often fed the same line when talking about how they first picked up the bass; “Oh, so you’re just a failed guitarist”. Many great bassists do start their musical journey on the guitar, but “failure” might not be the best way to put it...

The Undeniable

Without the bassist, a band would be lost. These players work their butts off, often playing simple variations of the same rhythms, to keep the audience dancing and the band grooving. Go hug your favorite bassist!

 

Drummers

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A good drummer is hard to find, but that doesn’t stop the stereotypes from taking them down a couple notches.

The Good

Drummers are unique, and often seen as weird individuals. I guess you could say they… march to the beat of their own drum?

The Bad

I’m sorry, the drummer won’t stop playing so we can’t discuss this stereotype because we can’t hear anything.

The Undeniable

A band is only as good as its drummer. If there’s no steady beat, nothing else can happen, and there’s no music.

Lead Singers

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Frontmen and women are often… unique.

The Good

Often one of the quirkier members of every lineup, lead singers are able to channel their uniqueness into the band’s sound. There’s a reason they’re most often the favorite band member!

The Bad

Yeah, lead singers are everybody’s favorite. Unfortunately, this is known to go to their heads. Ever meet a humble lead singer? Nope, I haven’t either.

The Undeniable

Lead singers bridge the gap between the crowd and the band; they’re the performers who are the easiest to connect with, as it’s their words and voice that weave their way through listeners’ minds.

 

Stereotypes aren’t always true, and we love every member of our favorite bands despite their faults, but it is entertaining to poke fun at even the most stoic of players. Still, next time you’re talking to a band member, maybe you should try to get to know them as a person, and not just assume their identity based off their instrument.

 

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