whats the most important thing you know or learned about lead playing

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  1. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Senior Stratmaster

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    :eek::eek:when playing with the band and its your turn to buy beer. always buy something everyone will enjoy
     
  2. sevycat

    sevycat Custom Shop Cat

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    That I don't know a dam thing about constructing a great lead. Playing music should be a extenstion of yourself thru musical expression. I have always wanted to be able to hear something in my mind and be about to play that on the guitar. If I ever unlock that key, then I will be on the right path for me.
     
  3. mckill

    mckill Strat-Talk Member

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    The single most important thing to know about lead ...? Great vibrato.

    Every great player has it. And nobody is a great player without it.

    Shred (Yngwie) or not (Gilmour). Loud and distorted (Trower) or quiet and clean (Knopfler). All know how to wrench emotion out of a single note with great vibrato.

    At the end of "All Along the Watchtower" Hendrix plays one note over and over again. And it's a great lead moment. But listen to the expression from his vibrato.

    Got to have it.
     
  4. Ray-Boy

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    Play half as many notes and make them mean twice as much.
     
  5. highway-one

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    amen thats a sad situation. only BB can get away with no rhythm
     
  6. Allen55

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    One word: Phrasing.
     
  7. Donovan

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    Someone already said it, but for me it was learning scale patterns one at a time until I had the entire fretboard covered, then learning how to shift them to different keys. For the 99.999% of us who do not have the "gift", it's like learning the vocabulary of the language of music. The rest (and for me the hardest part) will be a lifelong journey of trial in error, learning by copying/modifying the works of others and trying to get my phrasing to flow naturally without really thinking about it... as one would do in spoken coversation.
     
  8. TwoMartinMan

    TwoMartinMan Strat-O-Master

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    Practice slowly before adding speed.
    Maintain proper left hand form.
     
  9. sarNz

    sarNz Senior Stratmaster

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    have some fast parts. have some slow parts. make it sing like you would the vocals.
     
  10. Bangbang

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    I need to get off this pc and practice.
     
  11. zag1

    zag1 Strat-O-Master

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    Learning lead in the first place, and I'm not finished yet.
     
  12. sartor

    sartor Strat-Talk Member

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    Mimicking the texture of a voice and not just the pitch, i.e. chord melody. An example: when Johnny Smith played "What's New," you could hear the words in his chords. Another example: when Olivier Messiaen would echo a clarinet motive with a piano he would use tone clusters instead of single notes.