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Piano, Bass, and Drums in The Sims 3

Mastering the New Instruments of the Late Night Expansion

Sims 3 Music-Related Guides: Guitar  |  Bass, Drums & Piano  |  Bands  |  Guitar Star  |  One Sim Band
The Sims 3 Late Night's Musical Instruments
Want to know all Late Night brings to the Sims 3? Head to the Late Night Features Guide

With The Sims 3 Late Night comes three new musical instruments Sims can play: Bass, Drums, and Piano. In this skill guide, you'll learn the benefits of learning to play these 3, and tips to help your Pianist, Bassist or Drummer master these instruments.

With Guitar, which came as a skill with the original Sims 3, Sims in Late Night can now form a band and tour the city earning money. Much of these three new musical instruments' skill progression is similar to guitar. In fact, the challenges are all the same.

Since Simmers now have access to three new instrument types, our Sims can now form a band with other musicians and play gigs all over town.

Band Skills Self-Employment Table
The Sims 3 Ambitions brought us the ability to label Sims self-employed in any of the money-making professions. To register as self-employed, simply gain a level in the skill and head to city hall. Here are the levels for this skill:

The Sims 3 Band Self Employment Career
LevelJob RankNeeded to LevelBonus
1Attic Act$825-
2Garage Band$975-
3Subway Trawler$2137-
4Dive Bar Opening Act$4050-
5Dive Bar Headliner$6562$500
6Touring Player$9675-
7Local Legend$13125$1500
8Headlining Act$23400-
9Culture Defining Band$35437$2500
10Legendary MusicianMax$5000

Learning to Play Piano, Bass, and Drums
Learning these skills is as simple as buying one of the instruments below, playing instruments at one of the bars or night clubs in town, or taking a class at the theater. Taking a class is a great way to get past the level 1 hump. The first level of any skill generally takes longer than subsequent levels.

The four instruments are all purchasable from the Study Tab in Buy mode, under the hobbies and skills category. Prudence Pennypincher's Portable Piano runs $700, the Marvin Beats Drum Kit is $825, and the Shibata String Bass goes for $750. All three of these are portable, teach the associated musical skill, and provide 2 fun. There's a fourth available instrument, the Schnadahupfl Virtuoso Grand Piano for $5000, which is beautiful and provides an environment score of +8. Naturally, the Grand Piano isn't portable but a master pianist may want one in the home.

Good Traits, Rewards, and Lifetime Wishes for Musicians
The Virtuoso and Artistic traits will affect the new instruments. Virtuoso will raise the amount of tips a Sim can earn, while artistic is less beneficial providing only a small boost to learning rate. The Star Quality trait is helpful, as becoming great at an instrument is one path to being a celebrity. Other good options are Friendly, Charismatic, and Schmoozer to lure celebrities into the Sim's band. The Next Big Thing Lifetime Reward for 10,000 is a wise way to spend those reward points if your Sim is going to be in a band. The 'Always on the List' choice may be helpful to getting into night clubs that require a high celebrity rating, like Aquarius or the Prosper Room. On the Lifetime Wish front, Rock Star is of course an option, but the new LTW 'One Man Band' may be up your alley if your Sim wants to learn all four instruments.

Skill Progression
All three of the instruments progress the same. For the first five levels, your Sim will not be of much use musically and must practice. They'll gradually get better during this phase.

For great info on playing for tips, see the Guitar Star guide. You should know that the single best place to play for tips in The Sims 3 is Bridgeport's Subway system. Your Sim will go inside, and the money will start rolling in. We feel it's actually bugged because of how powerful this is as a money-maker.

At the fifth level, they can play music for tips. This can be done anywhere, but places with a lot of foot traffic are the best. For example, outside the town's theater before and after show time, or even outside a night club to snag patrons as they try to enter. They'll also be able to learn new compositions by purchasing sheet music from the bookstore. You should do this, as after learning a new song, using the perform interaction on their instrument will increase the rate they gain skill. At level 6, they can serenade a Sim, which can help win their heart.

Bass, Drums, and Piano Skill Challenges
Since these are accomplished the same, I'll combine them. The only difference are the names. Plug in the other instrument name for Piano and Bass.

Master Drummer
Mastery comes after learning all compositions. You'll need to visit the bookstore and buy the various sheet music in order to complete this. With the sheet music in your Sim's inventory, click the instrument and select learn to practice the song. This will give your Sim a master composition.

Drum Star
Drum Star is like the Guitar Star challenge. You can read a guide to the Guitar Star Challenge, but I'll give you the quickie version. The description is a bit off. While it says you need play at venues and parties, you really need to complete ten opportunities with an instrument skill. To increase the odds you get that particular opportunity type, it's best to keep from taking on too many skills so that an opportunity is more likely to be for the skill you want. You'll want to keep the skill opportunity slot empty to allow them to come up. Completing this difficult challenge, one of the most difficult in the Sims 3, will increase the amount of cash your Sim earns from playing that instrument.

Money Maker
After making $25,000 total from your instrument, you will earn a second master composition.

Sims 3 Music-Related Guides: Guitar  |  Bass, Drums & Piano  |  Bands  |  Guitar Star  |  One Sim Band

Comments (9)

mimma says...
do you know if i can add new songs to play with piano like i can add songs so i can listen them through the radio in the game? that would be awesome if my sim could play victors and emilys duet from the corpse bride. :D
13th September 2012 8:42am
Beth says...
You can't sorry :(
28th April 2013 12:06pm
Miranda says...
You can't play songs on your piano based off of the song you're playing but it IS possible to upload your own songs on the game.
1st June 2013 2:42pm
wolf says...
What if you don't have ambition. How do you gain money as a band?
Late Night is the EP that lets you make money from bands and introduced all these instruments. Find other players and ask them to join your band, then look into our guide to getting Gigs (use search).

28th October 2013 4:37pm
MrsTragicClown says...
I have no options at city hall for self employment with band as listed above? Do I have to start a band to get this option even though I reached level 10 in all instruments?
10th May 2014 1:57pm
Lovecutiesimmer says...
You need 1 skill point in a instrument
4th July 2014 7:41am
cheddar98 says...
you have to make a band with other sims. You can click on a sim and ask them to join a band.
30th July 2014 12:06am
Simscrazy says...
Can't wait I'm getting it soon and can bands have a singer sorry if you already answered I didn't read to whole thing
17th May 2014 11:32am
Alice says...
Every time I try to learn all the compositions for the piano, the game crashes! So annoying!!!
5th August 2014 9:14pm
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