Instrumental Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Instrumental Quotes from famous authors such as Lydia Lunch, Yanni, Brad D. Smith, Ruston Kelly, Kevin Anderson. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!

I just prefer instrumental. I don’t need to hear what other people are singing. And if I need music as a backdrop to work or to think, I need to have that part of the brain clear – I don’t need people feeding their fantasies into my vision.
Lydia Lunch
I dread naming pieces of music because being instrumental, most of the time the songs that I write are instrumental, I want the listener to make up their own story as to what it is and get the emotion pure without using logic.
Millennials’ tech and global savvy will make them instrumental in shaping our mobile future worldwide.
Brad D. Smith
It’s a successful feeling when someone tells you that you were instrumental in helping them heal from a great wound in their life.
Ruston Kelly
The work I do with my physiotherapist has been instrumental in keeping me healthy, and it’s a big reason why I’m able to continue to improve my game.
Kevin Anderson
The idea that one might use art for ‘instrumental’ reasons tends to set off alarm bells at the heart of the cultural elite, who contend that it’s not a pill, that it shouldn’t be asked to perform some specific function, especially something as egocentric as to ‘cheer you up’ or to ‘make you a more empathetic person.’
Alain de Botton
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a great piece of filmmaking and does a valuable public service by raising difficult questions most Hollywood movies shy away from, but as of this writing, it seems that one of its central themes – that torture was instrumental to tracking down bin Laden – is not supported by the facts.
Peter Bergen
‘The Beatles’ did whatever they wanted. They were a collection of influences adapted to songs they wanted to write. George Harrison was instrumental in bringing in Indian music. Paul McCartney was a huge Little Richard fan. John Lennon was into minimalist aggressive rock.
Chris Cornell
And for it to make the statement the way that it did, for ‘Controlled Chaos’ to debut in the Top 10 of the iTunes rock chart… We debuted behind Queen and Chris Cornell, so it’s not like we were just hidden away in the back of the instrumental metal category.
Nita Strauss
On ‘Love Letters’, I focused exclusively on songs with lyrics, creating a collection of songs that directly address heartbreak and its ensuing emotions in a way that instrumental music can only hint at.
Anoushka Shankar
The development of new instrumental and vocal idioms has been one of the remarkable phenomena of recent music.
George Crumb
Singing instrumental music is most important because, while you play an instrument, you are singing through the instrument… actually, you are singing inside.
Ali Akbar Khan
Classical music can be catchy, so can African instrumental guitar music. It’s not just pop songs that are catchy. Rhythms can be catchy, too.
Rostam Batmanglij
I would argue that Asean has been instrumental in driving both economic growth and political development, and that there can be no clearer example than its relations with Myanmar.
Najib Razak
After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure.
Stanley Clarke
I love instrumental guitar records, but I also understand that, as a listener, it can be difficult to get through a whole album of just that one thing.
John 5
The magic that you find in surf music, I think, is really timeless. You know, when I was very young, I was in a surf band. Surf music is an instrumental music that still means a lot to me, not in an nostalgic way, but as something that really gets to the heart of the guitar itself.
John Zorn
America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
James Fenimore Cooper
I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.
Joanna Newsom
By incentivizing Wall Street players to sniff out inefficient or corrupt companies and bet against them, short-selling acts as a sort of policing system; legal short-sellers have been instrumental in helping expose firms like Enron and WorldCom.
Matt Taibbi
When I met Zaeden, I bonded well with him he had an instrumental piece ready so we worked on it, composed, and added lyrics. Then we came up up with this EDM-Bollywood fusion.
Ankit Tiwari
I always felt each instrumental and vocal inflection had to be special… I’d spend almost as much time on those as I’d spend on the song itself.
Roy Orbison
The character of instrumental music… lets the emotions radiate and shine in their own character without presuming to display them as real or imaginary representations.
Franz Liszt
If you rely on political factions to promote men to office, the people will work to develop instrumental relationships and will not seek to be useful with regard to the law. Thus, a ruler who mistakes reputation for ability when assigning offices will see his state fall into disorder.
Han Fei
Sport’s been an instrumental thing in my life.
Denise Lewis
With something like ‘Second Sun’ it was something I’d never really done before. It has no drums and I think that was the first time I’d done this sort of instrumental, bass-less kind of piece.
With instrumental music, it is traditionally hard to get exposure.
I always felt that I would become somebody outstanding, whether it was in singing, instrumental playing, orchestra conducting, or anything involving feeling.
Rudy Vallee
The Koch brothers tend to give to right-leaning and libertarian causes. Koch money was instrumental, for example, in founding the Cato Institute and the Libertarian Party.
Donald Luskin
Ultrasound is instrumental in the fight against abortion precisely because it allows women to make an informed choice by shedding light in a place which, for most of its history, has been shrouded in secrecy.
Eric Metaxas
The box office performance of a film is instrumental in an actor being perceived as saleable.
Nushrat Bharucha
I have been instrumental in banning bottled water on the set. It hasn’t gone that well with the crew… so I replaced it with tequila.
Hugh Laurie
I had my first ‘Survivor Series’ in 1991 and I was fortunate enough to be an instrumental part of the shows I was on.
Ric Flair
Most of my songs are based off poetry, but I mainly write to write. I never know which form the words are best suited to until I hear an instrumental.
Arlo Parks
My mother had abandoned the family, so grandmother raised me. And she was instrumental in that she taught me that the world is a glorious place. She taught me to embrace humanity. And she’d say there’s never an excuse for joy. And to be thankful.
Jewell Parker Rhodes
In Honduras, in particular, Hillary Clinton as Obama’s secretary of state was instrumental in legitimizing the coup’s subsequent death-squad regime.
Greg Grandin
A religion must be instrumental in spiritualising the individual into a boundless and holistic nature.
Lobsang Tenzin
I remember a couple of instrumental albums, just don’t ask the names.
Jim Sullivan
Voices are like fingerprints, from Cagney to Bogart. They never lost it. My voice is instrumental in categorizing me.
Sylvester Stallone
Jay Prince was instrumental in everything that came out of Rap-a-Lot, especially anything that had to do with the Geto Boys or Scarface.
‘Beyond The Pole’s Facebook page has been incredibly instrumental in introducing us to new people and to making connections with journalists, cinemas everything.
Helen Baxendale
The values we developed were instrumental in gaining a competitive advantage.
John Collison
As a Harvard Ph.D. economist and U.C. Irvine professor, Dr. Navarro has been instrumental in challenging the prevailing Washington orthodoxy on so-called free trade.
Sean Spicer
The notions that nature exists to serve us; that its value consists of the instrumental benefits we can extract; that this value can be measured in cash terms; and that what can’t be measured does not matter, have proved lethal to the rest of life on Earth.
George Monbiot
Everyone thought my first album would be instrumental, but I didn’t want to do it – it took me eight months to make.
Ry Cooder
The song that’s affected me the most profoundly is probably Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ or, more specifically, the couple seconds of instrumental break before Vincent Price starts ‘rapping.’
Patrick Stump
We always used to describe ourselves as an instrumental band. Basically, the music was always instrumentally based, so the songs always came later.
Ian Gillan
I’ve always been a jazz fan, but I don’t write much about jazz, because I don’t have the chops. But it’s really, really hard to write about improvised instrumental music when you don’t have a good knowledge of harmony and can’t identify rhythm signatures very easily either.
Robert Christgau
Bob Rondeau – he’ll never know this – but he was so instrumental. He is a legend to me and had a major impact in my life.
Colin Cowherd
There were so many people who were instrumental in helping me get better. They say it takes a village, and the tennis community has been my village. That’s why I’ve always felt that I have a responsibility to give back.
Katrina Adams
I’ve had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me, and I want to share what I’ve learned.
Herbie Hancock
And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his sense of humor.
Paul McCartney
Being a fan of pop music and rock bands, I am a reluctant convert into the art of instrumental rock music.
Paul Gilbert
As a guitar player, playing instrumental music is a blast.
John Petrucci
I did record a bunch of stuff, but the thing that usually stops me from doing that is that I’m a terrible singer. I made a bunch of instrumental music, and it feels really good, but just as a singer, I’m not good.
I usually listen to surf music, not much instrumental music, and when I was younger I listened to jazz.
John Hughes
I just started as a part of the public school music program. I took lessons at the school every Friday and was a part of the school band. I was just a normal kid taking instrumental lessons at school, nothing special.
Kenny G
I think video games have been instrumental to me as an NBA player.
Gordon Hayward
It’s hard to get a start as an instrumental guitar player. It’s a much quicker route to be in a band, so I was always in a band and writing songs with singers, but I always had the dream in the back of my mind to make an instrumental record.
Nita Strauss
As far as I’m concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
Mose Allison
The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It’s also a time of forgiveness of sins, so my hope would be that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth.
Blase J. Cupich
When you’re talking about your own music every day, listening to bands, going to festivals, you can kind of lose sight of your initial connection with music. Instrumental music – especially jazz – helps me refocus.
Jenny Lewis
As a musician, as a horn player, sometimes I even get bored listening to all instrumental music.
Trombone Shorty
The traditional family has an intrinsic as well as an instrumental value, and that is the real reason so many conservatives defend it.
Roger Scruton
Doing the instrumental thing, you’re really looking for the power of the melody to carry the record.
Michael W. Smith
I spent a lot of time in Tower Records. I’m a huge music nerd, and Tower was instrumental to me when I was growing up.
Colin Hanks
I think we were instrumental in saving downtown Seattle. To me, that’s the biggest thing we did.
Bruce Nordstrom
On ‘Love Letters’ I focused exclusively on sung music, creating a collection of songs that directly address heartbreak and its ensuing emotions in a way that instrumental music can only hint at.
Anoushka Shankar
I really feel like I’ve written my most effective music in the instrumental realms.
Dickey Betts
I think if you are writing an instrumental you are dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and a much more expensive exercise.
Leo Kottke
People don’t learn science in movies. You don’t go to the movies thinking, ‘I hope I learn some quantum mechanics this afternoon.’ But on the other hand, movies are instrumental and influential in getting young people interested in science.
Seth Shostak
Instrumental music is nonverbal and thus radically ambiguous. It doesn’t lend itself to what might be called content-oriented analysis, though plenty of intellectuals have tried to analyze it in precisely that way.
Terry Teachout
I start with the aim of making something instrumental, and then I’m just like, ‘Agh, no, it’s not interesting enough. I’ve got to say something here.’
Phil Elverum
Internships are so instrumental, but not only do you need to get them, you need to work at them.
Brad Goreski
Churchill the right-winger has been elevated to a status where you can’t criticise him. People from the time remember him as an imperialist, a hard-right politician, very instrumental in the oppression of Ireland and the attempt to defeat the general strike.
Ken Loach
My wife Sarra was instrumental to my success. When I was training, she took care of everything. She would make me dinner and always understood when I had to go to bed early or couldn’t walk around the shops.
Chris Hoy
Instrumental music can spread the international language.
Herb Alpert
At times I have a beat first and then I write. Sometimes I have a melody in my head and I pick up the guitar to develop the song. Other times I just write without any melodies, and I end up using those lyrics when I think I have the appropriate instrumental that would bring out and depict the emotions of what I have written.
I like to think that I’ve been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product.
Linus Torvalds
I grew up in Ohio, where civil-rights accomplishments had already begun to accelerate before Martin Luther King appeared. In hindsight, we know that many people, black and white, were instrumental in changing the Jim Crow status quo on all levels.
Rita Dove
I absolutely think the Seattle grunge sound was instrumental to my music education.
David Cook
My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period.
Tony Iommi
Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized and there’s just no outlet, there’s no venue for it, in terms of media.
David Sanborn
People of Maharashtra are close to my heart, and this is where I became who I am, and this has been instrumental in my formative years.
R. Madhavan
Growing up, I was listening to a lot of Metallica, a lot of instrumental guitar music because I started out as a guitar player.
Ludwig Goransson
What I wanted to do was play the guitar but I don’t like instrumental rock. I think it is tripe.
Andy Summers
I’ve always had creative freedom. Instrumental rock wasn’t really a genre, but the success of ‘Surfing With the Alien’ legitimized my approach.
Joe Satriani
I think ‘The Color of Money’ was very instrumental in opening up other opportunities. People started to recognize me as an artist after that film. And then, after I did ‘Bird,’ it was more solidified.
Forest Whitaker
The music I wrote as a kid already was always instrumental. It was never based on lyrics.
Ramin Djawadi
The Chili Peppers do a lot of improvising, but it’s within the framework of song structures. The Meatbats is from a purely instrumental standpoint. But when you hear the term ‘instrumental music’ you think it’s real serious stuff and everybody’s playing a million notes and it’s about playing fast. That’s not what we do.
Chad Smith
My mother has been really instrumental in raising a lot of money through the Boys & Girls Club in my hometown.
Chris Long
The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to give yourself and the audience some relief because a performance is not about great guitar playing it’s really about entertainment.
Leo Kottke
I would say that what we called the Pixar sensibility goes back even further. It is kind of a CalArts sensibility because so many of the people who are creative instrumental people at Pixar came from that school.
Rich Moore
In particular, the film ‘Excalibur’ was definitely one of those films that was instrumental in me realizing that I wanted to become an actor.
Charlie Hunnam
I started off playing the harmonium and singing. By the time I was eight or so, my interest moved to Western instrumental music.
Before acting offers came by, I dabbled in theatre under the aegis of the late thespian Dinesh Thakur. He was instrumental in honing my acting skills.
Arfi Lamba
The Nigerians have been very instrumental in preserving stability in Sierra Leone. They have done this at considerable cost in dollars and Nigerian lives. The US should encourage Nigeria to stay in Sierra Leone.
Ed Royce
I can’t bring myself to release an instrumental album because I feel like I want some meat on the bone. Something to chew on, lyrically and content-wise.
Phil Elverum
A Herd of Turtles’ is the only song on ‘Behold Electric Guitar’ that is not strictly instrumental. But instead of singing, I am reciting a poem. My poem is about overcoming challenges.
Paul Gilbert
Sidney Poitier and Sidney Lumet were instrumental in helping me get started as the first black composer to get name credit for movie scores.
Quincy Jones
Building a consistent experience and firm identity was instrumental in our ability to swiftly build our online presence, open four stores as well as a mobile store in a converted yellow school bus, and launch six shops-in-shops.
Neil Blumenthal