.....(I'd) like to learn more, so I was mostly asking questions about them more than anything.
Hi Dayna - same here ! As you can see from my Earl Chinna mistake I'm on a learning curve too......
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Chris Potts wrote:There's never been a better time to talk reggae than with Neil active on the forum - so who should we have here as reggae's most graceful and inventive rhythm guitarists ? Ernest Ranglin's already been inducted....
Neil Foxlee wrote: I'm blushing! Despite your praise, however, I'd be hard put to single out a particularly graceful and inventive rhythm guitarist in reggae, where their main function is to provide the "chops" - the chka... chka... that stress the beat (and which are sometimes picked out in dubs).
Adam Blake wrote:Dayna - the difference between lead and rhythm guitar is basically this:
Lead guitar plays runs of single notes over the top of the music. Rhythm guitar plays chords in a rhythm that complements what the bass and drums are doing. Of course, it's not quite that simple as the parts often overlap, but that's the theory!
Eswi Ya Wapi (not sure of the spelling) by Mbilia Bel, with Rochereau's band featuring Dino Vangu on blissful rhythm guitar (as I learned many years later, when he played in the same style on a Sam Mangwana album of his songs).
Chris Potts wrote:(Hope Adam sees this and gives comments - he avoided commenting on Billy Gibbons earlier in favour of an off the cuff cool quote)
Adam Blake wrote:[I don't buy his records but I enjoy them when I hear them.
Chris Potts wrote:Rhythm guitarists who go beyond being great rhythm guitarists, so as well as serving the rhythm they add something individual, idiosyncratic, inventive, astonishingly adept, that lifts the rhythm to a higher level than just playing damn good rhythm guitar (an art in itself).
So there are many fine rhythm guitarists who add to a song, but how many lift it to a different plane, or transform it ? And just how subtle and graceful can that alchemy be ?
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