Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Roles of the Musician

The musician in general can be thought of as having three roles. They go in the following order:

  • The Functionary

  • The Accompanist

  • The Soloist


The Functionary can be thought of as a member of a group.  Someone that has a certain assigned role within the group such as playing rhythm, bass, etc...  The functionary should think of their role as someone that compliments the group and helps keep the group together musically.

The Accompanist is someone who backs up another musician, such as a singer or some other leading instrument.  They work backing musician within a duet type setting.

The Soloist possesses the skills of the other roles as well as the ability to hold their own on their instrument by playing solo pieces.