Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac | rhythm and solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play the guitar parts to "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac from their self titled album released in 1975.
It was the tenth album released by them, but the first to feature Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. It was recorded in January and February of 1975 at Sound City studios in Van Nuys California.
Here's an excerpt from a Wikipedia article on how John McVie felt about working with Lindsey Buckingham for the first time, pretty funny!
During the recording sessions, bassist John McVie noticed that Buckingham was particularly assertive when it came to teaching other members their individual parts, including the drums and bass. McVie informed Buckingham that this wouldn't be tolerated. "The band you're in is Fleetwood Mac. I'm the Mac. And I play the bass".
I’ve always loved this song, and like a lot of songs I love, it has a lot to do with the guitar playing and this one is no exception.
The basic rhythm pattern is two patterns played at the same time, one with the thumb, and the high pattern played with the fingers.
It's tricky to sync up the two parts and will take a lot of practice for most players.
Once you get that down, the rest will fall into place easily.
I also really love the fills and solo at the end of the tune. Lindsey Buckingham was hired by Mick Fleetwood because he liked his guitar playing and you can sure see why in this song.
Not only does he nail the finger picking style, he's also an excellent blues player. These licks remind me a lot of Peter Green who was of course one of the founding member of Fleetwood Mac.
I had a really great time working on this song. I hope you enjoy the videos. Cheers
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