Rockschool: Fleet­wood Mac – Al­ba­tross

Try out a clas­sic blues tune and hone your fin­ger slide and vi­brato tech­nique in Rockschool’s easy Grade 2 ar­range­ment

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Al­ba­tross was a huge hit for Fleet­wood Mac and it fea­tures blues great Peter Green along­side a young Danny Kir­wan play­ing har­mony gui­tar, plus drum­mer Mick Fleet­wood and bassist John Mcvie.

Green had fol­lowed Eric Clap­ton as gui­tarist with John May­all’s Blues­break­ers but, de­spite Green’s blues cre­den­tials, this tune is not a ve­hi­cle for wid­dly im­pro­vi­sa­tion. Fo­cus in­stead on fol­low­ing the melody and stay­ing in time with the back­ing track.

Rockschool’s ar­range­ment is based on Green’s lead gui­tar part. The track has been short­ened to be ap­pro­pri­ate for the Grade 2 Rockschool exam – nev­er­the­less, the main de­tails are fea­tured. Note the slides in bar 10. On the orig­i­nal record­ing these are string bends, but ev­ery gui­tarist should be able to re­think sub­tle ideas like this.

You can also ex­per­i­ment with vi­brato. Push and pull the string up and down in tiny steps to ‘wob­ble’ the note – an ex­pres­sive ef­fect that sounds sweeter than let­ting the string ring out.

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