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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by guitarface, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

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    I spent a few years early on learning licks and lead type stuff...then, I took some lessons and learned about these wonderful things called "chords," that actually give you the structure of the song. Then, a couple of autumns ago, I bought a bass and really fell head-over-heels.

    Yeah, I'm a rhythm guy.
     
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  2. RJ Squirrel

    RJ Squirrel Senior Stratmaster

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    Ya Know, they teach us Catholics rhythm. :D
     
  3. Silvercrow

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    Fully in agreement with how important rhythm playing is; how great lead playing incorporates great rhythm chops! I agree also- can't be a great lead player without solid rhythm skills. I also dislike designations as "lead player" "rhythm player".

    We have some budding guitarists, young and old, who we as a band get to interact with. One of my favorite questions is "So, who would you think are some of the greatest rhythm players from the 60,s 70s and 80,s? The stock answers are (age dependent) "The Edge", or more thoughtful "Keith Richards", obvious "Pete Townsend" and so on.

    "What about Hendrix? What about Eric Johnson?"" Either blank looks or absolute contradiction. I suggest they listen to "Wind Cries Mary" and other tacks that extol Jimi's prowess with chord voicings and incorporation as well as so much of Johnson's.

    Don't know when these designations came into being, but being into guitar and music in the late 60s and early 70s I never recall hearing or using the terms "lead" guitarist.

    Brian
     
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  4. hexnut

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    The rhythm player is usually the driving force in a good band.
     
  5. owenmoney

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    A major league guitar player ! I consider his rhythms to be lead rhythm . He melds the two together similar to Hendrix just differently.


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  6. Monkeyboy

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    I heard on this very forum that Hendrix was a good rhythm player o_O:confused::confused::confused:o_O
     
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  7. RJ Squirrel

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    More Teenie Hodges groove just because it's Teenie Hodges.:D

     
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    Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan are rhythm singers. ;)
     
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  9. Mr C

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    I never really got the distinction. The indie bands I grew up on didn’t have the same clearly defined roles more common in rock and metal, and playing was more about sound than technique. Maybe its a UK thing but I don’t remember listening to a lot of two guitar bands when I was younger
     
  10. Stark

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    I consider myself a lead singer first, rhythm guitarist and keyboard player second. I just sling the Flying V, Les Paul and Strat really low, play the rock ‘n roll rhythm through a couple blazing Marshalls and do the Thunders/Keith Richards moves as best I can. I just love being able to join the rhythm section in “driving the band.” I leave the lead guitar playing to whoever wants to do it.
    :)
     
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  11. dogletnoir

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    "Gimme some rhythm, I need some rhythm!"


    One of my favourite bands, definitely blurring the line between 'lead' and 'rhythm'
    guitar roles. They are both at the same time. Perfect.
     
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