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#1
How did y'all pick your lead and rhythm guitar? Me and my friend are starting a band and were kind of torn between who is who.
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Because we only have 2 guitarist. And you i don't think it will sound very good w/o a rhythm.

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#4
the more skilled in keeping beats and playing chords right should be rhythm

the one who can solo and improvise better should be lead.
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im in the same perdicament
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Because we only have 2 guitarist. And you i don't think it will sound very good w/o a rhythm.



No you fool, im saying, why cant both of you, BE BOTH ? As in, you play lead sometimes, rhythm sometimes, and switch off with him? Its more fun like that for both players, no one feels bad for not being able to solo, and you both get center stage as guitar players.
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both be lead and rhythm. Alternate between who plays lead in what songs etc etc..

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#8
when my band first started, i was strictly rhythm. my lead player was rhythm AND lead, clearly because there are some parts in the song where there are no solos/lead type overlays. as we've progressed and gotten better at song writing, and I myself have improved my lead chops a bit, we share roles. some songs, we each have 1 or 2 solos. some songs, unlike when we first started, I am the only one with a solo.

what im getting at is, what someone up above said, the player who is better at lead playing is obviously the solo guy. now, as time goes on, the 2 of you will inevitably get better, so if you are feeling up to it, you can have a go at some solos too. there are no set rules that once a person is the lead player, that no one else can play solos, that would just be crazy.
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#9
alternation is key. the only reason most bands put lead guitar and rhythm guitar in the liner notes is due to the fact one doesn't solo and doesn't want to, while the other does.

look at metallica (back in the day when they were good). hetfield (now a terrorist ) and hammett both pulled off equally awesome solos, and harmonized while no rhythm guitar was going.

another thing to realize is there are times it's perfectly acceptable to have the drums and bass keep rhythm while both guitars do some great harmonized melodies. one person doesn't always need to be full on chords and the other full on lead.
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lol jk. in my band, we switch off leads, and when ur not playing leads, u play rhythm. it works out quite well.
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I know I'd rather be a rhythm guitarist. But I think I'm in the minority, probably.
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#13
Well, if one of you is singing, that one should probably be rhythm because:

a) They wont be hogging the spotlight through solos and singing and

b) Its quite hard to sing along with playing lead licks from time to time.

Otherwise, if neither are singing, you should share the roles.
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I think giving guitarist's a label like Lead or Rythm is pretty much a bad thing...

A "GUITARIST" should know his/her instument!

If you get sum1 that sez they're only rythm then they arnt serious about being the best they can be and why would you want that in your band?

Same does for Lead.

A real dedicated GUITARIST should know his/her instrument! its not a matter of doing one or the other!! Both guitarist should be capable of both solo's and rythm in my opinion. Also roles should be shared between band members!
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You could do some WILD stuff with two guitars.
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#16
You know, you can switch off depending on the song. For example, should your guitarist A write a good lead and then make it into a song, let him/her play lead for that song.
#17
If you want to solo then solo, if he wants to solo then he should solo, if your bassist wants to solo...slap him
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If you want to solo then solo, if he wants to solo then he should solo, if your bassist wants to solo...slap him


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#21
..make that triple sig!
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No you fool, im saying, why cant both of you, BE BOTH ? As in, you play lead sometimes, rhythm sometimes, and switch off with him? Its more fun like that for both players, no one feels bad for not being able to solo, and you both get center stage as guitar players.


No Alonso i think that you have to be careful with that, the one that is better at rhythm can keep beats, is more skilled with chords should be rhyhm guitarist.
The one that is good at improv. and soloing should be lead guitarist.

IMO the rhythm guitarist is more important that the lead guitarist, hey but that's just my honest opinion.
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#25
Its easy, dont differentiate between lead and rhythm. The songs Im playing in my band now dont have solos, whether theyre covers or originals. So you could go to that extent, or you could judge each guitarists commitment to the band, if its equal, they get equal solos. If one guitarist is slacking off (missing sessions, not learning songs) then they get less interesting parts.
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#26
Theodore mage's way sounds kinda interesting, although it reminds me a bit of school.
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No Alonso i think that you have to be careful with that, the one that is better at rhythm can keep beats, is more skilled with chords should be rhyhm guitarist.
The one that is good at improv. and soloing should be lead guitarist.

IMO the rhythm guitarist is more important that the lead guitarist, hey but that's just my honest opinion.


The lead guitarist should be just as good, if not better, at keeping time, because solos shouldn't be off-time either, and lead guitarists don't just solo, they play the rhythm parts too.
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#28
Just switch whenever. For my band, the other guitarist wants to play rhythm, so that's how it is. But if you can't decide, just switch roles every once and a while.
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+1 really funny hahahahaha!
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#30
well my band was easy.. i wanted to be lead and the other guitarist wanted to be rhythm. problem solved. lol.. best way is to find out who wants to play what role
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#31
I've got a good natural rhythm, good knowledge of rhythm technique and stuff and i'm also the vocalist so i'm mainly the rhythm guitarist of my band...
#32
Whoever's better? I don't understand. In my bands, everyone gets a solo, even the bassist, because dammit, it's high time that someone besides the singer heard the bassist.

I think that everyone who wants one should get a solo. You don't have to have equal technical skill levels to get solos. Look at Iron Maiden for god's sake. Or at Metallica. Or... Dragonforce.
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#33
and of course if you both want to be the lead player do it in a way that leaves your ego at the door if the band agree's you wrote the better lead for a certain song it is yours.if the other guitarist style fits better over another song it is his.dont hog the lead spot because you are afraid if you dont that people wont think you are as good.simply put whoever does it best in that song should do it
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If you want to solo then solo, if he wants to solo then he should solo, if your bassist wants to solo...slap him


Yeah, good one, but honestly I like bass solos like Cliff Butons (R.I.P.) work for example.
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ya,look into a slayer type setup...one guy doesnt have to play all the leads
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#37
have two leads switch between solos and dont get the ego **** happening just say ur both better than the bassist and play onnnnnn!!!!!
#39
Ok, I think we are going to have me play rhythem because only I can do barre chords. But on some songs with fingerpicking I will do the solos. We will work it out.
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#40
Why don't you just write two guitar parts, and see who's better at each. Its absolutely ridiculous to start a band out saying "hey you're lead, and I'm rhythm", and then getting this idea in your head, that the lead guy will never play a single chord, and the rhythm guy will never play a solo. Just f*&%ing play.
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