Trouble (live) by Lindsey Buckingham | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on the live version of Trouble by Lindsey Buckingham. The studio version was originally released in 1981 on the Law and Order album. It reached number 9 on the US charts.
I've done quite a few Fleetwood Mac/Lindsey Buckingham tutorials over the years and over that time I've had many requests for this song.
I remember when the original studio version of Trouble came out back in the eighties and how much I loved it. Lindsey is a great songwriter, but he's an even better producer. The production on that version was just awesome with the dreamy background vocals and that great guitar hook in the chorus.
The version I'm teaching is based on his live solo performances. I watched a lot of those while researching the song and in every one he plays it slightly different. The one I'm teaching is based off of this performance from 2018 in San Francisco.
For something that sounds simple, it's actually pretty complicated! Lindsey has the magic touch on guitar and makes everything look easy. How he sings and plays these intricate parts without missing a note always amazes me. He's extremely skilled at putting his whole attention on the performance. That ability to focus is a common thread in all great performers.
There are a lot of add9 chords in this one. That's what gives it it's airy feel. I go over all of those chords and the picking patterns in the lesson. It's a modified travis pick that'll take a bit of getting used to, especially the solo section. You have to think of your thumb as the bass player in the band and your fingers as the lead guitarist!
I really enjoyed putting this one together. For me it was more of a challenge than I thought it would be and it took me a while to be able to play it cleanly.
For my demo, I put a little reverb on my guitar and also a bit of slap-back delay. I put these on post in the DAW. I use Valhalla room reverb and Echoboy for the delay.
I hope you enjoy the video, and that it helps you to learn this beautiful acoustic rendition. Cheers
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