Can you play LEAD guitar??

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  1. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    We all know that regular customer was clueless. ;)
     
  2. FenderBigot

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    You, sir... completely missed the joke. No worries! LOL
     
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    LOL...about more than just guitars.
     
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  4. Rockledge

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    The better question is "can you play ALL guitar". The most handicapped guitarists are guys I know who claim to be a "lead guitarist" and all they can do is run scales fast, and have no clue about double stops, fingerstyle, hybrid picking, and playing a variety of rhythm styles.
    You can have a 3 piece band with a guy who can play rhythm but not lead.
    Bass, drums, and "lead guitar" is pretty empty.

    I can play lead guitar. But that isn't why young guitarists come up to me and want to discuss music with me at gigs. The reason is because I can do a variety of things well.
    I'd far rather see a young guy sit down and play Simon and Garfunkel fingerstyle stuff on a guitar ( Paul Simon is a great guitarist) than hear one of the dozens of kids in any city who can wanker scales.
     
  5. Bluzeboy

    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    Honestly I can but right now I’d just rather hire someone to.
     
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    I use to go to an old backwoods church that when I would go there the preacher wanted me to play, and would hand me a Travis Bean. This was an old dude, the guy loved music.
    That Travis Bean was indeed an interesting instrument, it had a vibe all its' own. I don't think I would want one, but I did like to play it.
    The guy also had an outbuilding that had a Dual Showman stack in it. He let me plug into it and jam away once, and man, those things are great. A bear to move around and you gotta have a room the size of a pole barn to use it, but the things sound huge.
     
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    DiPa Silver Supporting Member

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    OP- I would go on a limb and state that approx 80% of a song is Rythem guitar and then there is a Lead line for what 24 bars or 32 bars, and I would add if you can’t play Rythem, you are going to be stuck...so don’t pat your back yet..
     
  8. RolandKorg

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    I cannot play lead. Never could. I’m only now getting familiar with the five positions, and still don’t understand where to go after that. I have both a mental block and a bad memory.
     
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    This thread is proof that the mere presence of Yngwie's full name or say a color picture of Paul Gilbert from the 80's reduces some people to cowering and terror.... defensively explaining the importance of nuance in rhythm or 'not wanking'... Ha!

    Wank on wankers I say!
    Some of you have that rare gift so many seek, putting art and speed together.... and we love you for it.
    The rest of you we'll make fun off... and you'll keep wanking anyway!

    It's all good.
     
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  10. drewl

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    Isn't that what the switch is for?

    You switch it to Lead, then you play the Lead.
    It's in the instruction manual.
     
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  11. Tony Done

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    My thumb mostly does rhythm, my fingers mostly lead, though they are capable of exchanging roles in a limited way.
     
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    I was stared down once by the band when the lead break for Hotel California happened. Let's just say that won't be happening again.
     
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    Plumbic guitars are pretty heavy so I don't buy them. However, I play what I think a song wants me to play...sometimes it works, sometimes not, so I try something else until it does work. Serve the song!
     
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    I always think back to a Keef interview I read about 40 years ago, just starting out: "You can't go into a music store and ask for a lead guitar or a rhythm guitar. You just go in and ask for a guitar."
     
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    Eddie Van Halen is a killer rhythm player, man?
     
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    You want to inflate your ego: Wank fills.

    You want to be in a band, but not prominent: Play chords.

    You want to make money: Play both with discrimination.
     
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    Playing rhythm is an art and not everyone can do it.... I agree..

    some of us have a hard time spelling it as well. my answer would have gone much deeper
    had I been able to spell the word rhythm. so thank you for that.

    "The OP, I would love to hear one of his leads" , yours also.... careful what you ask for. lol.

    we played the other day. 2 guitars, I was on harp, I got the nod to play...
    I chose to pass. someone asked why? well, we had 2 guitars and neither of them would play.... here is that pesky word again... rhythm.

    to play a melody, you have to play the notes that are present in the harmony, if no one is playing harmony, you are.... for lack of a better term... wanking.

    I have a lot more to say on this subject, it is a great topic. peace..
     
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    I play alchemist metal, so my guitars are all gold.
     
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  20. JosephZdyrski

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    Honestly I see way like WAY more lead guitar online than anything else.

    95% of the the guitar playing I see online is lead over a backing track and 4 of the other 5% is lead played over a little rhythm on a looping pedal.

    I’m no exception here as I use a looper a good amount but have been trying more and more to just play without a loop or backing track. Just play things that sound good on a single guitar because it’s what I see other people doing the least. Most guitarists online only seem interested in showing off how well they can play lead.
     
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