How to combine rhythm and lead in a blues guitar solo

Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Image credit: Clayton Call/Redferns)

The distinction between ‘lead’ and ‘rhythm’ guitar has long been a very blurred line. In fact, guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan have managed to pretty much obliterate that line on many occasions. 

Having the ability to bridge the gap between those two ostensibly different worlds can really open up the fretboard in a way that remains useful even when staying within strict rhythm or lead boundaries.  

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.