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I have played for 8 or 9 years (didn't play a lot until a few years ago though) and I can't shred. I'm a lefty but I play guitar right handed. I like more melodic, slower solos and I know my modes and some pentatonic scales and arpeggios. I feel like I am a better rhythm guitarist than lead guitarist though. I feel that there is a whole separate "art", if you will, to being a rhythm guitarist. I have good rhythm (I play bass as well) and can strum pretty fast, but as I mentioned before I can't really shred. Would you consider yourself a better lead or rhythm guitarist?
#2
I'm more of a lead flute player than a rhythm flute player.
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#3
I play by myself. So, both.
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#4
I cant do jazz comping like the pros nor can i do jazz improv like the pros no i guess im equal.
#5
Lead. Never really bothered with rhythm (edit: although I listen to music that doesn't have an actual distinction between the two, just lots of notes
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#7
I always liked playing/writing riffs more than solos, and I tend to improvise all my solos anyway. So I guess I'm more of a rhythm player.
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#8
I think i'm far better a rhythm player than a lead player.
Also, i'm a singer, so i think the fact contributes to making me focus more in rhythm than lead.
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#11
tfw you don't know whether to move a thread to Guitar Techiques or Musicians Talk
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#12
Every time someone says "I'm more of a rhythm player" I always actually hear "I suck at guitar."
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Every time someone says "I'm more of a rhythm player" I always actually hear "I suck at guitar."

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#14
I can do Thrash type rhythm like a beast, but my leads mainly consist of pentatonic and blues scale box trapped cliche licks at high speed.
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tfw you don't know whether to move a thread to Guitar Techniques or Musicians Talk



its more appropriate for Musicians Talk


also, I corrected your spelling error for ya


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I read that first here on UG, wasn't sure who posted it. I still think it holds true.
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#19
I'm more of a lead. A friend of mine is a great rhythm guitarist. When we jam, he'll start playing some nice chordage, I'll jam over it, and then he'll change the chords while I play lead. He's not just playing the same basic chords over and over.

The only real difference for me is that lead takes more technical talent, but rhythm can be just as demanding in terms of knowledge and musicianship. Though it seems to me that being able to jam over anything requires somewhat more imagination and ear for melody, but that might just be my bias as a lead player
#20
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Every time someone says "I'm more of a rhythm player" I always actually hear "I suck at guitar."


Because everyone knows that in music lead guitar is almost always much more difficult than rhythm guitar, particularly in genres like bluegrass, jazz, technical death metal, etc.
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#21
Every time someone says "I'm more of a lead player" I always actually hear "I can't play rhythm for shit".
Which is usually true, it's a pitifully overlooked skill by teenage metal head (insert additional Ian-isms here) guitarists, who think it's easy and overlook it's importance even for lead guitarists.
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that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
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#22
Sometimes it's easier to play lead than maintain the rhythm, I'll give you that. Especially when the person you're jamming with is just killing it. Sometimes I find myself losing rhythm because I just want to listen to what he's doing. Like when I jammed with this expert Asian celloist whose parents forced him to play from the age of 3. I was playing chords and he was jamming on top of it and I was just so amazed by the beauty of what he was playing that I couldn't keep proper time.
#24
"Lead" and "rhythm" guitar are fictional concepts designed to relieve guilt for one's shortcomings as a player in either direction.
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#25
What they were designed for is largely irrelevant though. They are often apt ways to distinguish between modes of playing. Not always applicable, but when they are, they are.
#26
i can play harder stuff, im just a lazy sack of shit that doesnt practice often. im the only guitarist in the band im in now, so i have to bounce back and forth between "lead" and "rhythm" so thats fun. wouldnt really class myself as either though.
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What they were designed for is largely irrelevant though. They are often apt ways to distinguish between modes of playing. Not always applicable, but when they are, they are.



Only if you're so musically illiterate that you can't hear the melody in rhythms and can't hear the rhythms in melody. When you sit down at a piano and just play some chords, nobody calls that 'rhythm piano'. It's just called 'playing piano'. It's a pointless and contrived distinction.
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#29
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"Lead" and "rhythm" guitar are fictional concepts


Just like Canada, starfruit, and juggling.

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Only if you're so musically illiterate that you can't hear the melody in rhythms and can't hear the rhythms in melody. When you sit down at a piano and just play some chords, nobody calls that 'rhythm piano'. It's just called 'playing piano'. It's a pointless and contrived distinction.


Well like, if you're playing jazz and... the piano player is usually either playing a lead or playing as part of the rhythm section. You don't need the distinction because you don't usually have two piano players.
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#30
yeah lets throw this into MT
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that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
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Only if you're so musically illiterate that you can't hear the melody in rhythms and can't hear the rhythms in melody. When you sit down at a piano and just play some chords, nobody calls that 'rhythm piano'. It's just called 'playing piano'. It's a pointless and contrived distinction.


so when i'm jamming over what my friend is playing, how else would you distinguish, O magical arbiter of all things music, all the way up there on that horse you've got?
#32
I think I'm a rhythm player. I played guitar for almost eight years now, but I still mainly only listen to the drums and bass in songs. It's my favorite part of music.

That being said, I love soloing and improvisation, but still, rhythm is what I'm best at!
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so when i'm jamming over what my friend is playing, how else would you distinguish, O magical arbiter of all things music, all the way up there on that horse you've got?


Why is it so important to you that there even be a distinction? Ask yourself why guitar is literally the only instrument where the distinction is even made.


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Well like, if you're playing jazz and... the piano player is usually either playing a lead or playing as part of the rhythm section. You don't need the distinction because you don't usually have two piano players.



But you do usually have (at least) two sax players and nobody calls one lead and the other rhythm. They're just sax players.
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#35
I don't bother to define myself as "rhythm" or "lead". I am a guitar player. Nothing else needs to be said.

If one can't focus equally on rhythm and lead, then why is one bothering with guitar?
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But you do usually have (at least) two sax players and nobody calls one lead and the other rhythm. They're just sax players.


My bad. I guess I forgot that most saxophone players are part of the rhythm section.
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#37
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Ask yourself why guitar is literally the only instrument where the distinction is even made.


That's not quite true. In wind sections in symphony orchestra, you have principals and 2nds (or in the case of french horn, often 3rd and 4th), and whilst who plays what is often a case of what position happens to be up for grabs at the time of auditions and levels of experience, they are also different roles, and especially in the most prestigious orchestras, they will look for people particularly well suited to supporting roles. This is especially true for french horn, where players often specialise in low or high playing.

The most striking example of this distinction is in a string quartet, where 1st and 2nd violin are pretty much analogous to lead and rhythm guitar. 2nd violin parts are generally easier than 1st violin parts, but especially in a professional or even conservatoire level string quartet, both violinists will easily be able to play either part. And in a lot of late 19th and 20th century works, the 2nd part is just as demanding. In this case, it's purely about who is better in a lead or supporting role: leading and accompanying are two different skill sets, and each carries it's own difficulties.
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That's not quite true. In wind sections in symphony orchestra, you have principals and 2nds (or in the case of french horn, often 3rd and 4th), and whilst who plays what is often a case of what position happens to be up for grabs at the time of auditions and levels of experience, they are also different roles, and especially in the most prestigious orchestras, they will look for people particularly well suited to supporting roles. This is especially true for french horn, where players often specialise in low or high playing.

The most striking example of this distinction is in a string quartet, where 1st and 2nd violin are pretty much analogous to lead and rhythm guitar. 2nd violin parts are generally easier than 1st violin parts, but especially in a professional or even conservatoire level string quartet, both violinists will easily be able to play either part. And in a lot of late 19th and 20th century works, the 2nd part is just as demanding. In this case, it's purely about who is better in a lead or supporting role: leading and accompanying are two different skill sets, and each carries it's own difficulties.



I know all of this. I'm a music performance major. It's hardly the same concept. The violin parts are not divided into a 'rhythm' and 'lead'. They simply differ in what the instrument is required to play to achieve the desired sound. Aside from that, none of these people walk around saying "I'm more of a second violinist. I find first violin pretentious and boring".
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