People often wonder what a rhythm guitarist does in a band. What is his or her role? Well, there is actually no rule that differentiates a rhythm and lead guitarist. Both roles can be reversed. For example, the lead guitar may do some strumming while rhythm will do some picking. As long as what they do complement each other then there is no conflict.
However, the rhythm guitarist must be part of the rhythmic structure of the song being played. The sounds that come from the rhythm guitarist should add body to the music being played. To be more graphic about the two roles. We can take a sheet music or tablature of a song with chords marked and plays the song through using just one guitar playing the chords marked on the music. This is the rhythm guitar part. If there is any other guitar sound in the song then that is the lead guitar. Continue reading