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Here we look at the role of the lead guitar. Let's start with the opening melody, which is where the first main song theme is stated, almost in a counterpoint to the melody we went over before in the backing guitar.

Playing lead guitar with a clean tone requires some different approaches to when you have a dirty tone; the sustain is typically less and the attack is more pronounced than when you have a higher gain sound that sort of smoothes everything out. This also makes finger vibrato more important to create sustain. Also, when playing lead with a clean tone to hammer on with conviction, if you want the notes in the phrase to sound even.

Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughn are two players who often play lead guitar with clean tones.
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