Beginner Question

Discussion in 'Beginner's Q&A Forum' started by mudgalbharat, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. mudgalbharat

    mudgalbharat Silence Must be Heard


    I am a newbie. I was wondering how someone plays the lead on a guitar. When i say lead, i mean not the chords but strumming single strings. Somehow i think that we can play almost any song no the scales...that is, the G Scale, C Scale, etc. So we just catch up the right scale and try to get the song there. Am i correct??


    Bharat Mudgal
  2. esgallindeion

    esgallindeion Minstrel Knight

    No offence but that shld go down as the best noob quote in history.

    Well... the best way is to get a teacher... online lessons are also ok. or buy guitar books/videos to teach you.
  3. esgallindeion

    esgallindeion Minstrel Knight

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  4. rabi_sultan

    rabi_sultan <Bulla Ki Jana>

    ok let me try and explain.

    a lead guitarist plays the songs melody.

    the melody may consist of chords, single notes, bends etc.

    the melody and the ryhtym must be based around the scale or rag of the song.

    So by learning the scale you would know where to play a note so it doesnt sound completely off key and odd.

    however thats only half of it, the rest of it is making the solos and melodies match to the song and thats where the artistic talent comes into it. This part is not easy believe me especially at the beginning but you can get there, easiest way is to learn the different licks and learn blues soloing and then build off there, go to he has made an excellent section on licks and soloing that should help you out.
  5. wisevijay

    wisevijay newbombayrox

    well mudgal........i had the same problem when started learning.scales such as C,G,etc. help u to develope a hearing to the notes means which note is played on which fret and string in that particular scale ie G scale is frm the G note to the G note and the whole scale contains 2 octaves.this helps to develope ur fingering ie led playing too.
    now the scale u r talking about is in which scale u r playing the is useful if ur playing on stage or in a band.see all singers may not sing one song in one same scale ie pitch.some may sing at a higher pitch or some at a lower whatever they r comfortable at.For eg. Usha Uttup & Lata Mangeshkar.boath have diffrent type of style but r good to know which scale the singers singing,keep playing one note after other till it matches with the singers.preferabaly the strings e & thats the scale u play on with that singer.then if u get ur scale D on the B string.then ur scale is the 4 frets after the note u have got on all 6 strings ie the the same frets.then u learn the relative cords.
    Think i m right.i too m a of my friend told me this.Advises r always welcome.:rule:
  6. mudgalbharat

    mudgalbharat Silence Must be Heard

    Hey rabi and vijay, that was really helpfull....thanks for yr response


    Bharat Mudgal
  7. annand

    annand the pessimist

    how much of a newbie are you? before you even want to attempt playing lead you should have a good grasp on rhythm. you need to get your timing down (you don't want to play a lead that's out-of-timing.

    you're a newbie so it's not best to delve into scales and the sorts, it may only confuse you. what you may want to do is start learning easy songs that contains simple leads. and from there you can move on.

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