Shiny Happy Jan­gle

Peter Buck’s trade­mark tech­niques

Total Guitar - - ARTHUR BUCK -

Peter Buck’s dis­tinc­tive, jan­gling rhythm style was a key part of REM’S sound, from their emer­gence on the al­ter­na­tive rock scene in the early 80s un­til their even­tual split in 2011. One of the true greats at cre­at­ing mem­o­rable parts with a bare min­i­mum of notes, Peter Buck’s care­fully un­der­stated, min­i­mal­ist style hooks the lis­tener in whilst also of­fer­ing us gui­tarists a valu­able master­class in song­writ­ing as well as riff writ­ing.

Buck’s trade­mark Rick­en­backer 360 is at the core of his tone, but you don’t have to own one to get close to his style of play­ing. Just make sure you plug into your amp’s clean chan­nel, se­lect your bridge pickup and roll off a lit­tle of your gui­tar’s tone to keep it sound­ing sweet. Have a go at our tab ex­am­ples and get a lit­tle bit of Buck magic in your own play­ing.

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