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Encyclopedia > Lead guitar

Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. Lead guitar is commonly used in blues, jazz and rock music. The lead guitarist is also normally the guitarist who will play the guitar solo in a song, provided that the song contains one. In music, a band is a group of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of a musical arrangement. ... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the popular Tamil film, see Rhythm (film) Rhythm (Greek = flow, or in Modern Greek, style) is the variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or other events. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is mostly a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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Overview

A lead guitarist's role involves playing solos, riffs and fills. Technical difficulties involve playing at the same tempo as the rest of the band and playing in the same key (music) as the rest as the band (this will prevent unwanted dissonance. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... In popular music, a fill is a sound (or combination of sounds) which fills the brief time between lyrical phrases and lines of melody. ... The first two measures of Mozarts Sonata XI, which indicates the tempo as Andante grazioso and the metronome marking as = 120. (Metronome markings were not used in Mozarts day. ... In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... Dissonance has several meanings, all related to conflict or incongruity. ...


Technique

Guitarists use scales, musical modes and arpeggios depending on what kind of music they are playing, for example, a Pentatonic scale or a blues scale are commonly used in blues guitar, a dorian mode may be used by a Jazz guitarist and a natural minor scale may be used by a heavy metal guitarist. Steve Howe playing lead guitar for Yes in 1977 A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Scale (botany) Scale (zoology) Scale (medical) Scale (music) Scale (measurement) Scale (chemical) Scale (social sciences) Scale (spatial) Scale (computing) Order of magnitude Logarithmic scale Scale model Architects scale Engineers scale This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... In music, a mode is an ordered series of musical intervals, which, along with the key or tonic define the pitches. ... This article will be merged with Italian musical terms at some point in the near future. ... A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five pitches per octave. ... In music, a pentatonic scale is a notes per octave. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Due to historical confusion, Dorian mode can refer to two very different musical modes or diatonic scales. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... A minor scale in musical theory is a diatonic scale whose third scale degree is an interval of a minor third above the tonic. ...


Syncopation is used to make make solos more varied, for example metal employs speed-enhancing picking (right hand) techniques such as alternate picking, sweep picking, economy picking and left handed techniques hammer on, pull off, tapping, are used to maximize the speed of their solos or riffs. Blues guitarists use call and response style riffs-these are created by the guitarist playing a musical phrase and then the phrase is repeated with the final note of the phrase altered. In music, syncopation is when a stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or failure to sound a tone on an accented beat occurs. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Alternate-picking is a technique that employs downward and upward picking strokes in a continuous run. ... Sweep-picking is a technique used on the guitar in which a sweeping motion of the pick is combined with a matching fret hand technique in order to produce a specific series of notes which are fast and fluid in sound. ... Economy picking is a guitar-playing technique, for a guitarist who uses a pick. ... Hammer-on is a stringed instrument playing technique performed (especially on guitar) by sharply bringing a fretting-hand finger down on the fingerboard behind a fret, causing a note to sound. ... A pull-off is a stringed-instrument playing technique performed (usually on an electric guitar) by pulling a fretting finger off the fingerboard. ... Tapping is a playing technique generally associated with the electric guitar, although the technique may be performed on almost any string instrument. ...


Other techniques that are universal to all guitarists include string bending, vibrato and slides. Look up Bend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Vibrato is a musical effect where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound. ... Slide could be related to any of these. ...


Effects

Guitarists who use an electric guitar (or a semi-acoustic guitar) can alter the sound produced by their guitar with a effects pedal or a effects unit, for example, Distortion (guitar) is used by rock guitarists such as Steve Vai or Eddie Van Halen, it allows the notes to last longer and is used to prolong the sounds of bends over several bars and Jimi Hendrix is famous for using wah-wah pedal to create a 'wah' sound with his guitar. Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... link titlebearA semi-acoustic guitar is a modified version of the classical guitar with steel strings. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Effects unit. ... It has been suggested that Effects pedal be merged into this article or section. ... In the world of guitar music and guitar amplification, distortion is actively sought, evaluated, and appreciatively discussed in its endless flavors. ... Look up rock in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Edward Van Halen (born Edward Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955 [1] in Nijmegen, Netherlands), is a guitarist, songwriter and producer most famous for being a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... A Vox wah-wah pedal. ...


Case studies of Lead guitar

Shane and Elizabeth are a guitar duet, Shane Strums a I, IV, V chord progression in the key (music) of C (Shane will play two bars of C, two bars of F and two bars of G) whilst Shane is strumming Elizabeth improvises by playing a C major scale, at the same tempo as Shane. Playing at the same tempo makes the music sound more coherent and playing on the same key (music) will prevent any unwanted dissonance A strum is the act of brushing ones fingers over (strumming) the strings of a string instrument such as a guitar. ... A chord progression (also chord sequence and harmonic progression or sequence), as its name implies, is a series of chords played in order. ... In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... Improvisation is the act of making something up as you go along. ... In music theory, the major scale (or major mode) is one of the diatonic scales. ... The first two measures of Mozarts Sonata XI, which indicates the tempo as Andante grazioso and the metronome marking as = 120. (Metronome markings were not used in Mozarts day. ... The first two measures of Mozarts Sonata XI, which indicates the tempo as Andante grazioso and the metronome marking as = 120. (Metronome markings were not used in Mozarts day. ... In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... Dissonance has several meanings, all related to conflict or incongruity. ...


See also


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Introduction To Lead Guitar. Part 1 | Lessons @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com (2250 words)
Lead guitar and rhythm guitar simply refer to two different ways the guitar can be played used in the context of a band.
Lead guitarists are the more glamorous and "rock star" type, as they are characterized by their mastery of the fretboard.
Lead guitarists add solos to songs, and often use the structure provided by the rhythm guitarist's work as a foundation for their improvisation.
Guitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (6976 words)
Archtop guitars were immediately adopted upon their release by both jazz and country musicians and have remained particularly popular in jazz music, usually using thicker strings (higher gauged round wound and flat wound) than acoustic guitars.
A guitar using this tuning can tune to itself by the fact, with a single exception, the 5th fret on one string is the same note as the next open string; that is, a 5th-fret note on the sixth string is the same note as the open fifth string.
A "guitar pick" or "plectrum" is a small piece of hard material which is generally held between the thumb and first finger of the picking hand and is used to attack the strings.
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