Poll: Lead or Rhythm?
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Lead
67 54%
Rhythm
56 46%
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#2
Lead. Because I am completely terrible at rhythm. Also I just find lead to be more fun.
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#5
Too many guitarists are all about lead playing so much these days, that I've seen so many REALLY good lead players, yet when they go to play a riff, they're timing and technique just sucks. I Say Rhythm because it takes just as long to get pure rhythm skills down as it does to do a bunch of fancy lead work. Lead guitar is still awesome, but I only really respect people who can do both just as well rather than an intense shredder who has no riffing.
#7
Quote by Malarkatron
Lead. Because I am completely terrible at rhythm. Also I just find lead to be more fun.


Pretty much the same thing for me.

I generally have more respect for rhythm guitarists, though (depending on the complexity of the rhythm, of course). I respect the rhythm guitarist in my band, as a musician, tons more than I respect myself.
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#9
Rhythm. I'm terrible at lead. And I find Rhythm/Lead Singer to be more fun.

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#10
lead is a lot of fun, but i'd go with rhythm just because it's usually easier and i don't wanna be the one everyone gets pissed at for ****ing up live. plus, i feel like i can be more interactive when i don't have to pay as much attention to the playing. it makes it easier to jump around and have fun with the crowd.
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#11
i play some rhythmical stuff with the 4-20 times palm mutes and i'm working on some soloing now.so..i guess i'm both???
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#12
I love both. A good, complex riff is just as good as some nice shred. I'm pretty good with both.
#13
I prefer Rhythm. I've gotten very good at chording and embellishments. My blues backround has really helped my incorporate lead riffs into my playing though.
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#14
I can't really say, for me I just play guitar. No real preference towards lead or rhythm.
#16
Quote by Gunpowder
Pretty much the same thing for me.

I generally have more respect for rhythm guitarists, though (depending on the complexity of the rhythm, of course). I respect the rhythm guitarist in my band, as a musician, tons more than I respect myself.

I'm the same way. I envy the good rhythm players. I wish I could play good rhythm guitar. Guess I gotta practice.
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#17
a good rhythm guitar is important and impressive depending on the difficulty
but
everybody loves a WAAAAAAILLLINNNNNN solo

and yes i would say my lead and rhythm skills are around the same level
#19
I fall into the lead category. Rhythm is good and all but a great lead makes a song great .
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#20
I do both but I am more in the lead category.
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#21
I would have said lead until i heard jon schaffer.
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#22
Im going to say both, because only a beastly guitarist can master both lead and rythym.

and yes i realize i just said beastly.
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#24
Lead, cuse I play that in my band... The other guitarist is rythm and lead vocals
#25
I do both but i like playing lead more than rythym. Mainly because the extra attention and wow factor.
#26
I'm just really bad at playing guitar so neither!

But seriously i'm now the only guitarist in my band so i kindof have to do everything.
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#27
rhythm because i can learn more songs that way and zacky vengeance is rhythm, and i like a7x.
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#28
I do both, but I like rhythm better, rhythm gives the song its soul in my opinion
#29
Rhythm. It's more outright fun, and in many cases it's easier to do rhythm alongside other things (backing singing; crowd interaction), than it is to do lead.
#30
I prefer Rhythm (but I sing too, so that's a given) and I can go f*cking mental playing it.
#31
I am much better at lead than at rythm. to be completely honest, I'm a very unimaginative rythm player, but I'm working on it.
#32
I'm a rhythm guitarist, but I solo occasionally. I play better rhythm than leads, but practicing solo's every day.
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#33
i suck at rhythm, and kinda get bored after playing the few chords for 3~4minutes straight
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#34
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i suck at rhythm, and kinda get bored after playing the few chords for 3~4minutes straight


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#36
i play rythym because i sing too so yeah
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#37
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+1 Jon Schaeffer is an absolute beast; I have trouble playing the slower songs he's done...

Seriously though; it doesn't matter which you play as long as the song you're doing it in is good.
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#38
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I hate how people are all about lead and rhythm just be a guitarist


lol You are generally doing one of the two when you play.

Melody if you prefer.

But, I am terrible at rhythm...so I'm a lead player.
I plan to spend tomorrow just jamming to blues albums, to help my rhythm.
So hard not to throw in lead though.
I just like to take off.
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#39
What surprises me is that many people who say they are lead guitarists can't play rhythm.
What the hell do you do then when you don't play lead? Just stand there?
Rhythm is a lot easier than lead, and most people learn rhythm first and then take on leads.
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