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Hey guys im gettin a metal band together and i have a question between lead and rhythm in metal. I basically understand the role of the rhythm but listening to some metallica i cant tell exactly what the lead guitar is doing. Basically the question is what does lead guitar do in metal, is it different then other genres or basically the same thanks guys.
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Hey guys im gettin a metal band together and i have a question between lead and rhythm in metal. I basically understand the role of the rhythm but listening to some metallica i cant tell exactly what the lead guitar is doing. Basically the question is what does lead guitar do in metal, is it different then other genres or basically the same thanks guys.



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why didnt i think of that, thanks
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is lead still the main guitar in metal?
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lead usually does solos and lead lines (often a melody line over the riff), that doesnt mean rhythm cant do them as well, the lead just does them way more often.
good examples of this are bands like Megadeth and Children of Bodom
for Megadeth, even though you mainly hear about Dave Mustaine, its Chris Broderick that does almost every solo
and as for Bodom, Alexi does every solo, along with keyboardist Janne, but Roope has done some solos on certain songs in recordings
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The lead does the solo and any bits over the top of the main rhythm.
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i like to say that, metal sometimes has 2 lead guitarrists, it can be confusing but anyway, dont get "stuck" with those "labels" thing just get the band playing something awesome
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is lead still the main guitar in metal?


When exactly wasn't lead guitar the lead guitar in metal?
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i like to say that, metal sometimes has 2 lead guitarists, it can be confusing but anyway, don't get "stuck" with those "labels" thing just get the band playing something awesome


+1

Don't think you have to stick to the boundaries of 'two guitars and one must do lead and one must do rythm'. Just get your band together and jam out some stuff, who cares who does what solo as long as it goes with the backing chord progression and if it sounds awesome. The latter is up to you to decide
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When exactly wasn't lead guitar the lead guitar in metal?

what i mean is, you mostly hear the rhythm not much of the lead
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if you can't tell the difference between lead and rythym in metallica songs, you have no right starting a metal band.

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that is not what i have been saying
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A wee bit harsh there mate. Infact, you have no right to tell people what they can/can't do. Just because somebody may not be able to define lead and rhythm guitars doesn't mean they should just give up on the idea of being in a band.

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alright thanks everyone i got it now
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Lead and rythm in a lot of bands usually play the same part, or atleast parts that compliment eachother. Only difference is lead plays the solos.
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The distinction between lead and rhythm isn't really a case of pre-defined roles, it's simply a way to describe what's being played at any given point. If it's a solo or single note licks it's lead, if it's predominantly chords or repeating riff-based stuff then it's rhythm - it describes the passage itself, not the person playing it.
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#21
In old skool metallica as an example.

The rhythm parts, which are riffs, was on the records 3 of James Hetfields lines put together. Kirk Hammet did most of the solos. That was lead guitar.

Live both played rhythm parts and Kirk plays his solos when its time to.
#22
lead and rhythm can both do solos, dueling guitar maiden style.
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is lead still the main guitar in metal?

Don't think of it in terms of 'main guitar'. Without the rhythm, the lead guitar sounds thin and uncoordinated. Without the lead, the rhythm gets boring. Without a bass, there's no foundation. Each is important in it's role.
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Don't think of it in terms of 'main guitar'. Without the rhythm, the lead guitar sounds thin and uncoordinated. Without the lead, the rhythm gets boring. Without a bass, there's no foundation. Each is important in it's role.

+1

The "main" guitar is the rhythm guitar...no rhythm, no song.
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