Imagine a famous band
playing on stage when suddenly, the lead guitarist's instrument shut
off. Everything becomes a blur because the lead guitar provides the
main sound in a melody. The drummer, bass, and other musicians are
often accompaniment to the lead guitarist.
There are also basics
required when playing lead guitar. First, make sure the pick brings
out the highest tone. The tones differ with the kind of stroke
Down strokes give a fiddle
tone that's considered the best since it's derived from simple
strokes of the muscles. You might have noticed that slow songs sound
better because they use down strokes with over tones.
Timing is important, of
course, as it gives life to the music played. An easy way for a
player to know whether or not his timing is bad is to record the
piece and listen to it and identify where there is bad
It might be that the timing
isn't off for the entire song, but it might occur at just one break
-- that's when there's a small interweave of beats right after a
wrong push. Practice to avoid the same mistake.
One belief is that lead
guitar players are fast and the faster the player is, the better the
audience believes he is. However, the truth is, if they can't play
smoothly it's useless and probably would end up sounding like a tin
The speed can also depend on
the pick used. A white, thick, big nylon pick gives a nice lead
sound, but this is hard to use if the player is more interested in
The melody of a song should
always be visualized prior to playing. A lead guitarist should also
ensure the lead sound matches the song and fit its rhythm. True
artists call this the “T” in lead guitar playing. The break should
be taken into consideration as a whole and not with every single
Try playing a gig with
better musicians -- this way your talent is enhanced since there's
the pressure of keeping up with superior musicians. These musicians
can teach you many techniques without even doing a "one on one"
session -- just by watching how smoothly they play the music is
enough for you to grasp the "T".
Avoid playing licks.
Concentrate and play smoothly and remember that the simpler the
tone, the better.
Choose an idol -- it could
be a fiddle, banjo, mandolin, saxophone, or piano player, who you
can listen to in order to pick up points and ideas on how to
improvise. Listen to the real sound of the instrument and feel the
beauty of the sound.