Antonyms for instrumental

unhelpful, vocal.

Quotes of instrumental

  1. 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
  2. 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 F. Cooper
  3. Disco B still rolls with me now. He's still doing his thing. He does clubs in different places. He was very instrumental in helping me perfect my craft. – Grandmaster Flash
  4. Being a purely instrumental album, it makes a musical statement, not a religious one, and I hope that people can feel the emotion of the great melodies, even without the words. – Kenny G
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. In chess one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge. Both players are always instrumental in this. – Vladimir Kramnik
  8. 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
  9. I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs. – Joanna Newsom
  10. They didn't know anything about the candidates and things of that sort. So they needed guidance. And that league was very instrumental in directing the people in the direction to go. – Charles Phillips
  11. Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized and there's just no outlet, there's no venue for it, in terms of media. – David Sanborn
  12. Doing the instrumental thing, you're really looking for the power of the melody to carry the record. – Michael W. Smith
  13. I remember a couple of instrumental albums, just don't ask the names. – Jim Sullivan
  14. 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

Usage examples for instrumental

  1. You may know, perhaps, that he was instrumental in placing little Aileen Armagh, the orphan child,- you know whom I mean? – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  2. The instrumental part of the project was a little altered, to accommodate it to the time and to bring things more gradually and more surely to the one great end proposed. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  3. She had nursed a poor sick man on the way to Portugal; on the way back she was instrumental in saving the lives of many men. – Mary Wollstonecraft by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  4. Their music, vocal and instrumental is excellent, and their preachers seek no pay from the Governor out of the taxes. – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding
  5. He entertained at first great hopes of a reprieve, at least in order to be transported, and for obtaining it he spent a great deal of time writing to several friends who he thought might be instrumental in procuring it. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  6. It made for a good deal in my affection for him that I had been instrumental in rescuing him from that living death he had suffered for so many years, for I have found over and over again in my own experience that one of the surest ways of learning to love a man is to do him a good turn. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  7. If Royal Maillot was instrumental in Felix Page's death, he was so innocently. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  8. On the contrary, every man of them seemed to know that Ned had come home from the school which he had been attending in England, and that he had been instrumental in procuring powder and bullets for them and for the Mexican army. – Ahead of the Army by W. O. Stoddard
  9. " I am his secretary, and was largely instrumental in securing his nomination for governor," was the simple reply. – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  10. It was, however, invaluable for him, the future Commander of the instrumental tone- world, to have served in the line. – Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.) by Elliott Graeme
  11. However, as I can hear of no such accident, and as Mr. Clifton is here continually, I hope I have been instrumental in preventing such absurd guilt. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  12. The evening passed very pleasantly with vocal, instrumental music, etc. – The-Chignecto-Isthmus-and-its-first-settlers by Trueman, Howard
  13. In the midst of the disorder, on the bare floor, walked the man who, more than any other, had been instrumental in drawing the Huguenots to Paris- and to their doom. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  14. Gerard had begun to think he might even be instrumental in getting him out of his drinking habits. – The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley by Bertram Mitford
  15. Whereupon the judge shook hands with her, and did not deny that he had been instrumental in the matter. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. When two causes so combine to produce an effect that one of them uses the other the former is called the principal and the latter the instrumental cause. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  17. He soon became a mighty power in the land; vast crowds waited on his ministrations, which were instrumental in producing a great revival of religious interest, and improved morality among the people. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  18. It was instrumental in obtaining much needed space and assisting generally in the progress which took place. – Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year Ended 31 March 1958: Special Centennial Issue by J. O. Wilson and General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
  19. He knows that it is the imaginative faculty of the poet that has been largely instrumental in building up every religious system. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  20. Under the energetic and effective labors of the Leader and his talented lady, this society was instrumental in the conversion of many souls. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller