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This month Stu­art Ryan takes on the chal­lenge of Fleet­wood Mac supremo Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham’s stamina-sap­ping mod­i­fied Travis-pick­ing style.

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Stu­art Ryan on the re­lent­less pick­ing style of Fleet­wood Mac’s Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham.

Although famed as a mem­ber of uber-group Fleet­wood Mac, Cal­i­for­nian gui­tarist Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham also has a suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer, and it’s in this set­ting that you’ll of­ten hear his fin­ger­picked gui­tar at the fore.

Buck­ing­ham’s early in­ter­ests were folk mu­sic and banjo styles and you can re­ally sense the in­flu­ence of the lat­ter in his pick­ing hand ap­proach. He started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer in mu­sic with then girl­friend and later Fleet­wood Mac band­mate Ste­vie Nicks, and signed with Poly­dor Records in 1973. How­ever, their early work didn’t achieve the sales the la­bel was hop­ing for and they were dropped after the re­lease of their de­but al­bum, Buck­ing­ham Nicks. How­ever, suc­cess was around the cor­ner via a chance en­counter with Mick Fleet­wood while they were record­ing in the leg­endary Sound City stu­dios. That en­counter led to Buck­ing­ham and Nicks join­ing Fleet­wood Mac, and the rest is his­tory.

Although his play­ing has its foun­da­tion in Travis pick­ing, he has adapted this to come up with his own ap­proach. Many of his parts fea­ture sim­ple arpeg­giated chord pat­terns, but there are times when he pos­i­tively ex­plodes. Check out his live Big Love from The Dance, to see what I mean.

Rather than fo­cus on Buck­ing­ham’s West Coast-in­spired singer-song­writer style, I’ve gone for the more chal­leng­ing side where his gui­tar takes cen­tre stage. We’re look­ing at mod­i­fied Travis pick­ing, so a pul­sat­ing bassline keeps the beat while a melodic, riffy fig­ure is played over the top. There are sev­eral chal­lenges in­her­ent in Buck­ing­ham’s style – not least build­ing the speed and stamina it re­quires. When you are over this hur­dle you have to deal with his em­bel­lish­ments – the ham­mers-ons and pull-offs that he ef­fort­lessly in­jects into th­ese up­tempo ideas. There is also the chal­lenge of dy­nam­ics – the thumb is nat­u­rally go­ing to be stronger as it keeps the beat pound­ing away, so you have to ei­ther

Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham is a rare fig­ure – a player with a unique ap­proach who man­ages to com­bine com­plex gui­tar lines with ac­ces­si­ble vo­cal hooks.

com­pen­sate with a strong pick­ing-fin­ger at­tack or learn to ease off on the thumb so the other notes don’t get lost. I’d al­ways sug­gest go­ing for the lat­ter ap­proach, so you can leave more dy­namic range in your play­ing.

Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham is per­haps one of those rare fig­ures in the pop and rock world – a player with a unique ap­proach who man­ages to com­bine com­plex gui­tar lines with ac­ces­si­ble vo­cal hooks. Next time you’re lis­ten­ing to him re­ally home in on his gui­tar parts and you may be sur­prised.

Lind­say Buck­ing­ham: gifted acous­tic and elec­tric gui­tarist

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