Lead or rhythm guitar, where do you live?

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What's your musical core?

Poll closed May 25, 2019.
  1. Solos & Improv, I like to make the guitar talk.

    4 vote(s)
    11.8%
  2. Rhythm, it's got to have a beat and some structure

    6 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. 50/50, I like to be a balanced player and give equal attention to both.

    18 vote(s)
    52.9%
  4. I don't know, I was just trying to meet some chicks.

    6 vote(s)
    17.6%
  1. Huggy B

    Huggy B Just me and my girls.

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    When you play, practice, noodle, compose, or perform, where do you come from?

    What's the root, the core of your musical being? Are you based out of chord progressions or a lead guitar melody? When you first pick up your axe at home do you start out slapping some rhythm out or noodling around with some improv? Do you learn a song from it's melody or the chord arrangement first? Do you just learn the solos?

    Songwriters do you fit the lyrics or instrumental melody into a chord progression or do you come up with a melody and put chords around it?

    This thread is not to debate the merits of enough or too many notes, or even about shredders at all, just getting a barometer of the PRS fam and what's their musical framework.




    *NO SHREDDER HATE OR RHYTHM PLAYER DISRESPECT ALLOWED ON THIS THREAD!!!*
    (If you violate this policy the PRS police will go to your house, confiscate all your gear.........and donate it to me;))
     
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  2. Rockmark

    Rockmark New Member

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    I like to do it all! I try to play like SRV but can only wish to come anywhere close.
     
  3. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Probably no.4, but if anyone asks, a bit of both!:rolleyes:
     
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  4. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I am the concierge at the Rhythm House. Come on in and have a seat where you like!
     
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  5. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    Lead, because I can only get my head around one note at a time. I wish I could play more rhythm, but whereas being taught pentatonics opened up guitar to me in a near instant, I've learnt nothing on rhythm that has done the same for me.
     
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  6. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    so, chicks and dudes?

     
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  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Haha Rhythm and Lead!:D
     
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  8. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    If I had to choose between the two...I tend to favor the lead stuff. However, I believe; if I want to be a really well rounded player; both are absolutely necessary. For me one compliments the other...sort of a yin/yang thing I suppose.

    I break down my daily practice into fifteen minute increments. I normally do that for an hour (minimum) or so. Timing those increments and following a schedule has helped my lead and rhythm tremendously!

    Sure, I wanna make it talk, scream, cry...who doesn't? But, add some chunky but funky rhythm to the mix... well, I love to get me some of that too!o_O

    Ultimately, my goal is to be proficient at whatever style/genre/song/mood, I'm into at the moment...I know it's an ambitious (Delusional) goal....but hey...that's how I roll.:confused:

    Great topic BTW @Huggy B !
     
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  9. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    I feel your pain dude...
     
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  10. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    I am 50/50. I have always been in one guitar player bands, so I have had to develop good rhythm skills - but I also do the leads/fills/solos, obviously. As a song writer, I tend to write around the melody that a vocalist comes up with. Very rarely do I write the music first, then have the singer try to work with what I developed. However, I have my "progressive" moments where I write these really complex guitar pieces that aren't intended for a singer. It's all fun, and that's what matters!
     
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  11. Screamingdaisy

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    Hendrix and Van Halen are killer rhythm players.

    Just sayin’
     
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  12. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I didn’t know there was a reason to learn to do anything besides trying to appeal to women.

    Go figure!

    I learn something new every day.
     
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  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Lead is natural to me so that is where I started. Eventually I realized that I couldn’t just do that all day every day so I set out to learn rhythm guitar. I spent a few years at it before I felt I had found a rhythm voice.

    Now I practice about 50/50, though if I’m honest, I have to make myself keep working on rhythm.
     
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  14. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Your honesty is one of the many things that makes you my Tone Yoda @LSchefman
     
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  15. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    I’m slightly below above average on lead: slightly above below average on rhythm.
     
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  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Hah!
     
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  17. Parralax view

    Parralax view New Member

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    To me personally, the "Lead Guitar" and "Rhythm Guitar" thing is outdated and a thing of the past. I do believe that you should be able to do both as called upon. Just because you can dweedle, doesn't mean you have a groove, and you really need the groove. In many ways it takes more discipline to play Rhythm. Just me.
     
  18. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    there will be a little switch on your guitar, like this:

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    what you have it on is what you are.

     
  19. Huggy B

    Huggy B Just me and my girls.

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    I like your concept, as already a few have stated versatility is the preferred status of guitar playing, and although my core is from lead, solos, & improv, I've played in a lot of bands with vocals and always have been a well rounded player on rhythm.

    But I don't think the lead/rhythm thing will ever be "outdated and a thing of the past" as long as some like to make it talk, and some like to hold down the groove.

    Unless somebody plays solo melody/lead/rhythm all at the same time, I don't see it (lead/rhythm) changing.
     
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  20. Huggy B

    Huggy B Just me and my girls.

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    Good one!!!

    .............. but I play lead on the neck pup a lot of the time.o_O
     
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