Can you play LEAD guitar??

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  1. blandy-rhoades

    blandy-rhoades Member

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    rhythm guitarists, beat it...we laugh at you in the break room. I’m talking LEAD players here...LEAD only.
     
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Member

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    This would have been a good poll.
    seems it was ruined by a lead player
     
  3. DonaldDemon

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    I've always hated that distinction and never understood when someone asked me if I play lead or rhythm guitar. Does anyone actually do that besides BB King? I play guitar, of which includes lead & rhythm. How about, do you only play lead chords or rhythm chords? That one would make me think for a minute.
     
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    I guess if you play lead guitar you by default play metal guitar.

    Like a Veleno or Travis Bean.
     
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  5. spaceman39

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    No such thing, that’s from the early days of Rock. There are only “guitar players “. I love it when someone asks if you play “lead guitar “ or “rhythm guitar”. With the exception of Malcolm Young we’re all just guitar players.:aok
     
  6. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    You mean "limited guitar player".....;)
     
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  7. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm so with you here that words are failing me for expressing completely how so I'm with you. Indeed, I almost feel sorry for the OP.
     
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    I bristle at the phrase but...I’ve had to alter my playing style when I went from playing in a three piece to playing in an eight piece band.
     
  9. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    I always liked this Keith Richards quote:

    "What interested me about Chuck Berry was the way he could step out of the rhythm part with such ease, throwing in a nice, simple riff, and then drop straight into the feel of it again. We used to play a lot more rhythm stuff. We'd do away with the differences between lead and rhythm guitar. You can't go into a shop and ask for a 'lead guitar.' You're a guitar player, and you play a guitar."
     
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    Deedle, deedle, wang, zoooom....deedle.:aok
     
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    So this is supposed to be a thread of lead guitarists patting themselves on the back? OP, what’s the point?
     
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    Only about fifty years.
     
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    I've never tried, I did play an aluminum necked Travis Bean one time. Sounds like it would be prohibitively heavy.
     
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    I hate when guys play leads the ENTIRE song! :mad:
     
  15. blandy-rhoades

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    lots of clutter here from non LEAD players....no one should be posting ITT unless they know the 5 holy pentatonic positions and can wank over them accordingly.
     
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    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Gold Supporting Member

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    The use of the words lead and rhythm together is a lot like the use of the words treble and rhythm together. They aren’t opposites, one could just as easily be the other, and they seem to be used to denote roles that only marginally exist
     
  17. blandy-rhoades

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    The use of the words lead and rhythm together is a lot like the use of the words treble and rhythm together. They aren’t opposites, one could just as easily be the other, and they seem to be used to denote roles that only marginally exist
    ++++++++

    pfft...rhythm plater out-ed.
     
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  18. SteveO

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    A good rhythm player is soloing all the way through the song-and nobody wants to rip his fingernails out because of it.
     
  19. grapeshot

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    Just popping in to answer the thread title question; no.
     
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  20. micycle

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    Being a guitarist in a trio with bass and drums where I sort of do both lead and rhythm simultaneously, my pronouns are guitarist/guitarist.
     
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