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Old 05.20.2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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I'm using the terms "Rhythm" and "lead" kind of loosely here given their playing styles. Soometime they just don't fit with those terms. But often times I notice Lee is playing the more lead-y parts while Thurston does more rhythmic parts. I should also note that I don't think one style is better than the other (often times people associate the lead guitarist as being the better player). I'm just wondering what you guys think.
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Old 05.20.2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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I'm also gonna throw the phrase "Lee'd guitarist" in before anyone starts trying to be witty.
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yeah i think that's the case. especially in the last decade or so where thurston will often bring in a skeletal structure of song and then everyone adds their parts. lee adding his lee'ds!

mote is an example of lee being the rhythm gtr and thurston being the lead gtr.
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eric's trip too! many of the lee's songs are like that.
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yeah i think that's the case. especially in the last decade or so where thurston will often bring in a skeletal structure of song and then everyone adds their parts. lee adding his lee'ds!

mote is an example of lee being the rhythm gtr and thurston being the lead gtr.


I don't know if I'd call that a lead part but I see what you mean. I was going to say in my first post that it might be that way since Thurston sings on a lot of the songs, therefore making his parts more rhythm. Although on Pattern Recognition where Kim sings, it's obvious that Lee is Lead and Thurston Rhythm. I'm sure there's more examples than that. Cross the breeze I guess. Lee totally made that song. No Lee no Melody.
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I'm sure there's more examples than that.

sugar kane comes to mind... probably because i listened to it earlier today and thought about how lee is extremely "lee-d" guitarist-y in that song in particular
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I dunno, but on nearly every Thurston lead guitar line, he sings the same notes he plays, as Lee joked about on that one chat... heheh.
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sugar kane comes to mind... probably because i listened to it earlier today and thought about how lee is extremely "lee-d" guitarist-y in that song in particular

Yeah, I recently realized that on many songs where if Lee wasn't playing his part the song would be gone. He just "made" so many songs. I guess what i'm trying to say is Lee wrote a lot of the melodies.
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I dunno, but on nearly every Thurston lead guitar line, he sings the same notes he plays, as Lee joked about on that one chat... heheh.

i don't blame him! i cant play a lead while singing a totally different melody...that takes ALOT of skill.
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It's a cool sound.
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er, how do you know who is playing what? This is something I've always wondered about. Even watching them play, I can't tell who is making what sound.
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er, how do you know who is playing what? This is something I've always wondered about. Even watching them play, I can't tell who is making what sound.

lee is almost always the left speaker channel, thurston's right. kim/bass is middle
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lee is almost always the left speaker channel, thurston's right. kim/bass is middle

true
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yeah i think that's the case. especially in the last decade or so where thurston will often bring in a skeletal structure of song and then everyone adds their parts. lee adding his lee'ds!

mote is an example of lee being the rhythm gtr and thurston being the lead gtr.

that's true. but i think that happens since s.y started ( specially in the thurston's songs )
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lee is almost always the left speaker channel, thurston's right. kim/bass is middle

thanks.
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lee is almost always the left speaker channel, thurston's right. kim/bass is middle

Buuuttt, how do you figure that out?

On New York, Lou Reed told you who was playing what and where... nice cheat
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