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King of riffs but can't play songs. Lol

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  1. Boubou

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    Well, I do have bandmates.
    The dog will start to howl when I do quick chords on the electric
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    I love it !!!
     
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  3. Jesse414

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    I would like to join a band but shouldn't I learn 10 or 15 songs or they are not going to think I really want to be in a band.
     
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    This sounds like really great advise I screenshoted your comment so I can drill it in my head thanks for sharing that. :)
     
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    If you go to join a band, they'll give you a list of songs to audition on more often than not. You don't have to know them in advance.
     
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    What is the opposite problem called? No intros or solos, but chord schemes and verses....
     
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    I just read back through the thread, and I think I'm seeing some Ritchie Blackmore syndrome. Nothing against Blackmore; I'm the biggest Rainbow fan I know! But he tends to treat playing the song as that yucky thing he has to do when he's not soloing or playing a riff.


    Why can't rhythm playing be fun? There's actually much more freedom there than there is when playing the main riff, or a really iconic solo! You can experiment with chord inversions and extensions, play around with different rhythmic patterns, and throw in fills all over the place. You don't have to play the recorded parts by rote.

    Let me ask this... serious question for everybody: how many of you are aware of the harmony when you're playing a solo or riff? I mean really aware, so that you can switch over to playing rhythm seamlessly?
     
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    Shoot, tune the guitar to whichever song is playing on the stereo, then play with it. You'll learn chord changes, and develope intuition for key changes. Just takes practice.

    "Cannot" is a four letter word in my house.
     
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  10. ocean

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    Great advice

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  11. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Need full songs for busting? Serious question when just sitting on the corner

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  12. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Im 50yrs old even before playing guitar I never ever sang a song in my head, never ever hummed, never ever whistled, probably one reason I suck at playing guitar

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    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Glad to hear lots of kings of riffs and I am not alone. Lol

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    I never did either until I had to, lol! Heck I was in my early 30's at the time too. Joined a band and had to learn them.
     
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    Good point about fun of rhythm playing. I think playing a bunch of James Gang tunes from the Joe Walsh days makes playing rhythm guitar a bunch of fun and it requires some finesse. Same with plenty of Hendrix stuff.

    In the long time band I was in, there were two guitar players, me and a guy I’ve been playing music with since I was 16 years old. I was the “lead guitarist” and he was the “rhythm guitarist” however, there were plenty of times where we switched roles or we swapped during a song. In a handful of songs, I started out playing rhythm and we switched somewhere in the middle. Man, I miss playing in that band.
     
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    like @crazyrachey96 says, you’ll get a list from the band but it’s not a bad idea to get a head start and learn some anyway. I’m not sure if I’m going to get back into it but I had a buddy of mine send me his bands song list so I could get an idea of what to expect. I already knew a bunch but it also gave me new songs to work on. I think it’s a good idea to divide my guitar practice up so I work on technique, theory and songs.
     
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    I was stuck in noodle-over-jamtracks for about a year and a half it was fun and it helped me to flow all over the fretboard and develope a really nice vibrato...but all the sudden like 3 months ago I was like this is lame I'm in a mega rut. So now I only focus on playing rythm and play the whole song with whatever band I have playing on youtube through my fender champion 40. I think I really like just playing rhythm more then lead but I wonder if lead players are more needed ?
     
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    Listen to some Robben ford or Larry Carlton. That will cure you of your rhythm vs lead indecision.
    :D
     
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    Yep was like that until i joined a band and play for money 2 to 3 times a week for money. Made me learn and practice and know them.
     
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    Lol...that's me playing lead. Every song gets the same solo, whether it fits or not!

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