Poll: Can the lead guitarist sing?
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Yes
159 92%
No
13 8%
Voters: 172.
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#1
I can sing alright, and I'm playing lead in the band I've started. Our rythym guitarist and bassist both have really deep voices, and suck at their intruements(not as much for the bassist) so could I sing and play most of the guitar work? Stuff similar to Nirvana, Gn'R, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, ect.
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#2
idk... can you?
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#3
Of course. It might take some practice, but it'll come to you. Like Alexi Laiho said, sure it was hard but it just had to be done so he did it.
#4
Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and John Mayer have done it, so yes, I believe you can.
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#5
no rule says you can't.

and if there IS a rule saying you can't, you should do it anyway.

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#6
Of course you can! But it is quite a challenge.

EDIT: Actually it depends on the difficulty of what you're playing.
#9
If you can, do it. If you can't don't. It's that simple.
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#10
If you can sing and play what you play why ask? if you cant do it find a singer or let one of your over band members sing if they can play there part and still sing. There aint no rule saying a lead guitarist cant sing at the same time.
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#11
As others have said, yes, you can. But one option is to swap off leads with the other guitarist. Play what you can while you sing, and do the solos and such in between vocal parts. What you can't do, see if the other guitarist can learn. Then you play rhythm during those parts.
#12
In both the bands I'm in, I'm the lead guitarist and singer. So yeah. Isn't Dave Mustaine also lead guitarist + singer?
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#14
Yeah of course. C.C DeVille of poison sang one of them New songs, and i really liked it. Theres no reason why you shouldnt, unless your in fact a horrible singer
#15
i wish my voice wasnt deep
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#16
Lots of lead singer/guitarists - and ones that are good at both too.

Rik Emmet (Triumph), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), SRV, George Thorogood, Rush (okay, Geddy plays bass, but his bass lines are more elaborate than most guitarists parts are), Lita Ford, Clapton, BB King, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), etc.

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#17
Go for it. You don't necessarily have to be able to do both at the same time. I haven't listened to many songs where there is a lead guitar playing during all of the vocal parts. Some people might think you're full of yourself or an attention ***** of some sort, but who cares?
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#19
Ya know, out of all these replys, I don't see one person that mentioned Billy Gibbons of ZZTop...

Yes, the lead guitarist can sing but it takes talent.

1: Need to know how to sing and play guitar

2: Need exceptional coordination

3: Read number one and two THOUROUGHLY!

Of course thats only if you want to do both at the same time. You can always switch between guitarists.
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#21
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In both the bands I'm in, I'm the lead guitarist and singer. So yeah. Isn't Dave Mustaine also lead guitarist + singer?


Cool for you, but no he is not, its always been Freidman or Drover or whoever it is this week
#22
Sure, it's just hard, but with practice hopefully you'll get it. I know I can't do it very good and I probably sing horribly, so whatever xd
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#23
Muhammed Suiçmez, Alexi Laiho, Mikael Åkerfeldt. That's all that needs to be said.
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#24
When you do leads and singer your going to get most attention and personally thats a really greedy thing to do to a band but if you are doing duel guitars than that is a different story.
#25
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When you do leads and singer your going to get most attention and personally thats a really greedy thing to do to a band but if you are doing duel guitars than that is a different story.

Since when is it greedy to make the best music possible with the talent you have?
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#26
so could I sing and play most of the guitar work?


I don't know, can you?
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#27
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Since when is it greedy to make the best music possible with the talent you have?


Your telling be that for example Children of bodom is known for the whole band? no, they only know Alexi for thew most part.I also said if it is duel guitars that would be alright becuase they can share doing solos unlike Lead guitarists /vocals that just want to do every single solo possible in a band.Anyways that is my IMO
#28
This is interesting, because although I'd want to be able to sing and play the guitar at the same time, I'm mediocre at it. I suppose this is just a matter of practice?
#29
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When you do leads and singer your going to get most attention and personally thats a really greedy thing to do to a band but if you are doing duel guitars than that is a different story.

What's wrong with being greedy? If you've got it flaunt it!
Hell if you're the best looking bastard in the band you've gotta be at the front anyway, otherwise the chicks'll never listen to you!
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#30
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When you do leads and singer your going to get most attention and personally thats a really greedy thing to do to a band but if you are doing duel guitars than that is a different story.


It all depends on how you handle it. My bandmates are really easy-going guys, but I make sure as often as possible to let the light shine on them. When we do TV/Radio stuff, I make sure to try to bring them along and get them some airtime, and if that's not possible, at least make sure it is known that I'm nothing but just another hack that never gets out of his bedroom making music without them. Any print stuff we do, I try to make sure they have a shot at a question or two, get quotes in, whatever. Live, I make sure to step aside when I can to let them be the focus.

The other rationale behind that is that the more a person feels like they are part of the band, the more ownership they take in the project, and the less likely they are to quit, goof off, etc.

But then again, I'm not the singer/guitarist because I'm arrogant. I'm the singer/guitarist because I'm a guitarist who got frustrated not having a band to play with due to not having a singer, so I learned how to do it myself. I have always found singing (until the last year or so) terribly difficult, so I've never felt that sense of prima donna entitlement that some singers get. What I like to call "LSD" - Lead Singers' Disease.

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#31
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Your telling be that for example Children of bodom is known for the whole band? no, they only know Alexi for thew most part.I also said if it is duel guitars that would be alright becuase they can share doing solos unlike Lead guitarists /vocals that just want to do every single solo possible in a band.Anyways that is my IMO


Lead singer/guitarists are not a bad thing. People who think you're an attention whore for it need to pull the stick out of their asses. If it sounds best that way, that's the way it should be done.
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#32
In a situation where the other guitarist can't handle the leads, being the lead guitar/singer isn't greedy at all. But when you've got a guitarist who is equal or better than you and you still insist on taking all the lead parts, then there's no reason for that besides wanting to be the center of attention.
#33
Of course you can. There are heaps of people who do both. It might just take some practice though.
#34
I sure hope so because my band has 3 members and I am both the lead/rhythm guitarist and vocalist. So I'm in the same boat, and boy does it look scary. It'll take tremendous talent but it is possible.
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#35
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Its really really hard... but if you practice it im sure it will come to you
#36
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Your telling be that for example Children of bodom is known for the whole band? no, they only know Alexi for thew most part.I also said if it is duel guitars that would be alright becuase they can share doing solos unlike Lead guitarists /vocals that just want to do every single solo possible in a band.Anyways that is my IMO

Are you serious? Children of Bodom is very often widely known for the whole band. The drummer gets amazing parts, the bass is never just hidden in the back, the keyboardist has duals with Alexi all the time, and gets plenty of show, and the rhythm guitar is sometimes as sophisticated, if not more-so than the lead. Alexi doesn't make that band, and a good majority of the fans know that.
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#37
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#38
I'd advise being prepared to play rhythm parts sometimes...doing the singing well during the verses is indisputably more important than playing a lead line underneath them-but go for it! If you can pull it off, all respect.

Also, work on having your lead lines interlock with the vocals, not the underlying rhythm, if that makes sense. Don't necessarily have a guitar fill at the end of every fourth bar if you end the lines halfway through the fifth. Fill out the space in the music with guitar parts, and then you won't even need to sing *and* play lead guitar at once.
#40
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Are you serious? Children of Bodom is very often widely known for the whole band. The drummer gets amazing parts, the bass is never just hidden in the back, the keyboardist has duals with Alexi all the time, and gets plenty of show, and the rhythm guitar is sometimes as sophisticated, if not more-so than the lead. Alexi doesn't make that band, and a good majority of the fans know that.


what u say may be true but in that sentence u only used alexi's name (hence the names rest unknown).

btw im sure ull manage if you are good at both, all it takes is practice
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