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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by guitarface, Jun 11, 2019 at 10:45 AM.
It's all rhythm.
It's best not to make the distinction.
What would you call Keith Richards?
I learned basic rhythm. When I was learning, some other guitar players on the same level would concentrate on whipping out a solo and that's all they did. If you asked some of them to play a song, they couldn't do it, back then, maybe now they can.. Sure, now I play some lead solo stuff but it's mainly improv over the original song, harmonizing and stuff or original music. I still consider myself a rhythm player with a little spice thrown in when the mood strikes, by far not a great soloist. Perhaps a decent keeper of the main song body.
So if you don't play rhythm do you keep your hands in your pockets?
Even Derek Trucks plays chords.
Question for the drummers: do you keep a beat going or just play fills?
This subject has bounced around in one form or another but I think it has merit so I will repeat myself. I started playing in the mid 70's and really made a point of only playing rhythm guitar and to be honest I worked my butt off. My take was if I got really tight enough on rhythm guitar that really good lead players as well as bass players and drummers would want to play with me...well my theory actually panned out and I have gotten to play with some solid musicians over the years.
Yep. When you take a solo it’s gotta be in time... aka rhythmically.
The better question is: who can spell rythym? er, rhythem. I mean, rthymyem.
I've always considered myself a rhythm player. The main reason I picked up a guitar was so I could write songs. That was all I cared
about. 40+ years later, my lack of attention to honing skills as a lead player shows.
That said, I consider myself pretty competent and confident in the role I chose and I am perfectly happy with it.
I think it's spelled RHYTHMEEN.
Me! I think starting out 50 years ago as a drummer got me hooked on the rhythmic side of music. When I took up guitar, I started by kind of adding chords to the drum part.................if that makes any sense? I honestly believe that playing a good rhythm part on guitar is as difficult as playing a lot of solos. The two accented chords in Keep The Customer Satisfied, the intro to Spirit In The Sky, Bert Kaemferts Afrikan Beat, lots of CCR stuff, all got me hooked on rhythm guitar.
The rhythm section, guitar, bass, drums, should be the core around which most music is built. It’s the foundation that should get the audience tapping their feet, swaying or whatever. One of the best rhythm players I’ve heard is Richard Bennett on some Mark Knopfler gigs. Possibly the inspiration for ‘Guitar George, he knows all the chords’..................but I doubt it!
Very good point my friend............I say this as a drummer.
The OPs distinction between types of players doesn’t really fit with my presepective on music. But I haven’t played in a band in years and I mostly player to myself with a thumb-over technique.
But if I was in a band with Slash:
Me:”Hey Man, I got the chords. You do your thing.”
Teenie Hodges was the Jedi Master of rhythm guitar.
Rhythmic lead is always fun. Perhaps join a trio and play both at the same time.
Cuz Keef is awesome!