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bush pig
10-15-2007, 03:36 AM
Rhythm verses Lead... or whatever

Every good song must have some sort of rhythm, but solos are also a defining factor of a band. Although some bands don't have a strong sense of solos while others focus on solos.

Im not including Fills, because they are generally used by both lead and rhythm guitar players almost equally.

What do you guys pefer.

In my opinon, Riffs are just as important as a solos.
But solos are easier to express yourself with rather than chords.
I say Riffs though


I have more ideas but im not sure how I would type it up. ;(.

Snowskate to Destiny
10-15-2007, 03:37 AM
I prefer a good riff over a blazing solo.

bakerskater
10-15-2007, 10:15 AM
riff
the solo can't make the song

drowning_fish
10-15-2007, 04:21 PM
I hate playing solos (on guitar anyway). Really tech riffs are so fun in metal

almost_a_user_name
10-15-2007, 04:26 PM
definitely riffs. solos are good sometimes but are overused in songs and put in songs where it doesnt fit. i also cant stand guitar solos sometimes

planBskate27
10-15-2007, 04:31 PM
riffs are a lot more important but solos can also be good. it depends on how good they are but id rather listen to a nice riff.

Marevix
10-15-2007, 04:52 PM
You can't have a good song without a good riff, but you can have a good song without a good solo. Simple as that.

skate.or.die!
10-15-2007, 04:55 PM
riff cuz most ramones song don't use solos

Ynot
10-15-2007, 06:44 PM
although i do enjoy a good solo, riffs are really the heart of a song.

Kolzig
10-15-2007, 07:54 PM
almost any guitarist can play a solo, but to make a really good riff takes creativity

Taaffe
10-15-2007, 08:53 PM
crazy ass riff with a short but sweet solo.

Anti-Hero
10-15-2007, 09:03 PM
It's tough, and i think they both have their places in music, and theyre both equally as important to a song, so both is my answer.

Ynot
10-16-2007, 07:21 PM
almost any guitarist can play a solo, but to make a really good riff takes creativity
there's plenty of solos that are creative

whatever
10-17-2007, 06:52 PM
Riffs are more important than solos for the overall song. I'll take a nice solo with emotion anyday though. Problem seems like a lot of solos these days are just wanky stuff, which is alright but annoying after a while

Skaterdude
10-17-2007, 07:34 PM
almost any guitarist can play a solo, but to make a really good riff takes creativity

I think you have those mixed up.

Kolzig
10-18-2007, 08:07 AM
I think you have those mixed up.

no i dont. too many solos are put in songs just because the band feels the need for a solo. many have no creativity and just get annoying. riffs are what most songs are remembered for and are very hard to create catchy riffs that will stay in a listeners head.

tubbyturd
10-18-2007, 07:15 PM
You could always be like Reverend Horton Heat and do both.

Marevix
10-18-2007, 07:28 PM
I think you have those mixed up.

Both are creative when done well, but solos are generally more technique-oriented than riffs; the latter of which are based mostly on melody/rhythmic creativity. You can get away with an uncreative solo and still have a good song, but it doesn't work the other way around.

d-ville skater
10-18-2007, 07:33 PM
You could always be like Reverend Horton Heat and do both.

I havent seen you in so long, the sig reminded me... damn clown.


Riffs.. ear candy.

But a good solo is always great to listen to.

soundofsilence
10-18-2007, 07:36 PM
riffs are more important, and i would prefer a good riff than a mind blowing solo, and i'm more impressed by people who can do an awesome riff.

tubbyturd
10-18-2007, 07:55 PM
I havent seen you in so long, the sig reminded me... damn clown.



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