Rhythm Section


A rhythm section is a collection of musicians who make up a section of instruments (generally within a modern small musical ensemble, such as a jazz band) which provides the accompaniment section of the music, giving the music its rhythmic texture and pulse, also serving as a rhythmic reference for the rest of the band. A rhythm section can be found in many other types of modern musical ensembles besides jazz, such as country, blues, and rock. In modern rock music, a rhythm guitarist is a guitarist who specializes in playing rhythmic and chordal (as opposed to melodic and leading) sections, sometimes consisting simply of repeated quaver (eighth-note) power chords, though not necessarily limited to such. In many forms of music, a high quality rhythm section can potentially add much to the quality of the finished product.

A standard rhythm section comprises a keyboard instrument and/or guitar, a double bass or electric bass, and drums.

The instruments used in a rhythm section vary according to the style of music and era. Modern pop, rock and jazz bands usually have a rhythm section which consists of a drummer, a bass player, and one or more chordal instruments (e.g., piano, guitar, etc.). The term "rhythm section" may also refer to the instruments in this group.

Although rhythm sections spend much of the time providing backing parts for songs, in some cases, they may provide other musical roles. In some songs or styles of music, instruments from the rhythm section are called upon to play soloistic roles on occasion (e.g., improvised solos or solo breaks) or play a melodic role (e.g., a guitarist may play a lyrical countermelody behind a singer). Since rhythm sections are generally providing the background music for lead instruments and solo singers, rhythm sections are typically not as prominent as a singer or soloist. However, since rhythm sections provide the underpinning for a good performance by the lead instruments and vocalists, good rhythm sections are valued in the music industry.

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