Being the frontman of a rock group is about far more than just singing, keeping the audience engaged, communicating the meaning of the songs and making sure everyone has a great time are all very important, too. Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was a master at all of this. Here he is entertaining thousands at the London Live Aid concert in 1985.

 

The worldwide success of the Beatles in the 1960s led lots of other rock and pops to adopt their line-up. With lead and rhythm guitarists, a bass player and a drummer. All four members of the group also sang.

 

The effect of a lead guitarist and bassist playing together is incredibly powerful and is used in a lot of heavier rock music. Here is an example by the British rock group Led Zeppelin

 

Although in other styles of popular music the bassist plays a much more independent role. This couldn't be truer in funk music where the groovy rhythms of the bass player give the music its danceable feel. Here the excellent bass playing from Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers underpins the rest of the music.

 

The Frontman

Being the frontman of a rock group is about far more than just singing, keeping the audience engaged, communicating the meaning of the songs and making sure everyone has a great time are all very important, too. Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was a master at all of this. Here he is entertaining thousands at the London Live Aid concert in 1985.

The standard line up

The worldwide success of the Beatles in the 1960s led lots of other rock and pops to adopt their line-up. With lead and rhythm guitarists, a bass player and a drummer. All four members of the group also sang.

Playing together

The effect of a lead guitarist and bassist playing together is incredibly powerful and is used in a lot of heavier rock music. Here is an example by the British rock group Led Zeppelin

The Power of Bass

Although in other styles of popular music the bassist plays a much more independent role. This couldn't be truer in funk music where the groovy rhythms of the bass player give the music its danceable feel. Here the excellent bass playing from Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers underpins the rest of the music.