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Watch the Understanding Your Role online guitar lesson by Jennifer Batten from Rock Sauce for Rhythm Guitar

I think it’s important for a guitarist to understand their role in being hired for a band. Although you may spend all your time working on solos, and listening only to soloists, in most situations solos are going to be less than 10% of what’s required of you. When I played with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck, I was hired on as a support role. Although I played several solos a night in each band, the majority of my time was spent comping. In a band, you are part of a team and should have the attitude of a team player in order for it to feel like a well oiled machine with all the parts working well together.