#1
The only thing stopping me is that few bands, especially around here, actually USE rhythm guitar.

So, is being a rhythm guitarist actually worth it?
#2
Uh I don't know what kind of bands don't use a rhythm guitarist. Generally songs sound empty without one.

Structurally, its more important than a lead guitar. So yes its worth it.
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#3
very worth it. without rhythm, there's no music. a great rhythm line sound better the ears than just all lead playing.

EDIT: i just feel like adding on

rhythm will structure the song, so maybe you wont be as recognized in the band than the lead player just cause you're not shredding, but you will keep the song on track.
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#4
blues rhythm = sex

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Like I said though, what's the point in learning rhythm guitar only to find there's no bands who need it?

all bands need it. the bands near you must be really ignorant and just focused on shredding constantly. if you can convinve a band that you can fill in the emptynes of the band, then just go for it.
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#7
What do you mean there's no bands that need it? Are you saying most bands in your area fill it with something like a keyboard player or that they already have one?
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Like I said though, what's the point in learning rhythm guitar only to find there's no bands who need it?


To make something different?
#10
It kind of depends what you're making the switch for. If you want something more interesting then you're much better off just writing more interesting bass parts. Rhythm guitar can only be so cool, while unusually good bass can be amazing.
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#12
I think rythym guitar is more important than lead (slightly biased, i am one), but if your in it for $, bass is probally the way to go. most bands are in need of bass players, and most people that play bass are primarily guitar players. hope that helped!
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#13
Guitar players are a dime a dozen. Play guitar on the side.
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#15
My two bands have always had the guitarists switch roles throughout the song we're playing. We always wrote with that in mind.

We'd split it very evenly, so that each guitarist would get a "rest" from lead and play rhythm instead. The back and forth made sure they both felt like they were playing the cool stuff, but we all also knew that the rhythm sections were just as important.

When it came to solos, we always had the one guitarist play them because the other one wasn't that good at improvising or shredding, but could do regular lead stuff.

As a song writer, I always make sure the guitars switch up roles all the time to keep it fresh for the player, as well as interesting to watch and listen to.
#16
Don't learn rhythm guitar. Learn guitar. Just learn how to play the thing, if you suck, go back to bass. Simple as taht.
#17
Rhythm is just.. not lead. Trust me, you won't be doing barre chords the whole time. Lamb of God's Willie Alder is a rhythm player and he's great.

You should do it.
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#19
why do you wanna change from bass? Bass is a rhythm instrument too and it rocks.
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#21
I'd take up tennis instead.

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#22
even if you only play bass in bands, learning guitar can still be helpful
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#23
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It kind of depends what you're making the switch for. If you want something more interesting then you're much better off just writing more interesting bass parts. Rhythm guitar can only be so cool, while unusually good bass can be amazing.



I think I've phrased my OP badly- I perhaps should have said that I'm happy with where my bassplaying is at and I'm wanting to shift my GIGGING focus to rhythm guitar.
#24
too many guitar players too little bass players where i live. I was thinking of making a switch to bass
#25
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too many guitar players too little bass players where i live. I was thinking of making a switch to bass



Don't think that's the problem at all. It's that there aren't that many RHYTHM guitarists.
#26
i agree. lead players and sh*t players are a dime a dozen. but a very good rythm player that can provide vocals as welll..... very nice
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i agree. lead players and sh*t players are a dime a dozen. but a very good rythm player that can provide vocals as welll..... very nice


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#28
It's not really that common for bands to have a guitarist that plays strictly rhythm unless the rhythm guitarist is the singer. Usually 2 guitarists trade off leads. If you can only play rhythm, you probably won't be "good enough" for many bands.

But by all means, learn to play guitar. You don't have to "change" from bass to guitar. Just play both. If nothing else, you'll be able to understand the music from another perspective. And why limit yourself to just playing rhythm? Play whatever you want to learn.
#29
A lot of great bands' (Tool, Muse, and others) bassists double as Rhythm guitarists. Also there is a great shortage of Bassists around (at least where I live).

Keep your bass, and get a guitar as well. I'd suggest you primarily play bass, but pick up the guitar when it's needed
#30
Do what I'm probably going to do....

I have a big issue. I love bass and guitar and I want to play both. I think that learning guitar (lessons) would be more helpful towards bass then taking bass lessons and playing guitar....

I'm also pretty sure that guitar scales can be worked into bass easier than a bass scale.

I love all aspects of music and I want to play every instrument it's just a matter of which first. Haha.
#31
why not just be a guitarist? or play both bass and guitar?
why does everything have to be so neatly placed in rhythm or lead...
and if it's a "career" choice then you definitely want to stick with bass
#32
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Like I said though, what's the point in learning rhythm guitar only to find there's no bands who need it?


every band can use a rhythm guitarist. if you have a bassist you can use a rhythm guitar. whether you're playing chords under a lead, or playing a harmony to the lead guitar, it can all sound good. saying bands in a certain area don't use them doesn't really make sense. i say switch! playing guitar can be a lot more fun by yourself than playing bass, too. bass just sounds a little empty by itself most of the time. i started on bass, got bored, and switched to guitar and have been happy i did since!
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#34
Either choice, you will be overshadowed by the lead guitar anyways, so who cares?


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#35
The beauty of rhythm guitar is you don't actually need a band if you don't want or can't find one.
#36
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The beauty of rhythm guitar is you don't actually need a band if you don't want or can't find one.


exactly what i wanted to say, but couldn't say as simply. and if you have recording gear you can do cool things with a guitar and a bass. could be kind of fun. even if you keep playing bass, it's good to know some guitar. i think most professional bassists do.
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#37
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Like I said though, what's the point in learning rhythm guitar only to find there's no bands who need it?


Bands need players with a good right hand. That doesn't just mean someone who strums open chords, if you're chugging away at a tight riff, then you're playing rhythm.

Learn that 16th note alternate picking style where you keep the beat going constantly in your picking hand, then hit or miss as required, so that your hand is like this constant metrenome locked in with the drums.
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#38
Rythm guitarists weither unnecessary nor are they strictly necessary. It depends on the band you play in. There are many bands with only 1 guitarist and many with 2 guitarists.
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Like I said though, what's the point in learning rhythm guitar only to find there's no bands who need it?



Post some notes on bulletin boards at the local guitar shops and in those free newspapers with all the pseudo-cultural events, kinky sex ads and concert announcements. If all else fails form your own band. Someone has to be looking for a player at whatever time you qualify for the gig.
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Post some notes on bulletin boards at the local guitar shops and in those free newspapers with all the pseudo-cultural events, kinky sex ads and concert announcements. If all else fails form your own band. Someone has to be looking for a player at whatever time you qualify for the gig.



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