Stephanie by Lindsey Buckingham | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play the live version of “Stephanie" by Lindsey Buckingham. The original version was recorded in 1973 from the Buckingham Nicks album.
The tuning on the album version is unclear with some thinking it may have been in drop D capoed at the 5th fret, others thinking it was open G with the low E string down to a C and capoed at the 7th fret. I think most likely is that it was played in open E with the capo on the 3rd fret as I can't see him changing the song so much. It's also possible that he played it slower in open E and then sped up the tape. He has a history of speeding things up in the studio. I guess no one will ever know except him, the engineers and the producer.
Anyways, this live version is in open E. In this version, he plays the lower part live to a backing track of the higher part. There's a video of that here. If you listen at the start you can hear the click track and him counting it in. The lower part is very clear in this video from a talk show where he's just playing it solo. This is what I learned the lower part from mostly. The higher part I figured out by ear.
I really think that it's one of the most beautiful guitar pieces ever. The cascading descending arpeggios are awesome and when played in harmony sound just amazing!
This lesson will cover the low part which is what you want to play if you're playing it by yourself. I'll also be looking at the high part and should have that up next week.
I had a lot of fun working on this tune as I've always really loved it. It's definitely got a certain kind of magic about it... I hope you get something from the videos. Cheers
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