Instrumental rock  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Instrumental rock and roll is a type of rock and roll music which emphasises musical instruments, and which features no or very little singing.

Examples of instrumental rock and roll can be found in practically every subgenre of rock, often from musicians who specialize in the style, like Dick Dale, The Ventures, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Booker T and the MGs and The Champs.

While many rock bands perform occasional instrumental pieces, those whose music predominantly features vocals are not typically classified as instrumental rock. However, many successful mainstream bands like Metallica, Rush, and The Allman Brothers Band are noted for instrumentals.

Partly as a result of the post-rock movement in the 1990's, and partly because of the scarcity of instrumentals in mainstream rock, there is much crossover between instrumental rock and experimental rock.

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