Riff Of The Month: Rem: the one i love
The One I Love
For those who don’t know the story, REM formed back in 1980 with singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, but it wasn’t until 1987’s Document that their rise to mainstream stardom really began. The One I Love was taken from this platinum-selling album and became a Top 10 hit in the US Billboard charts. Tgr306.rem.fig01.musx It only contains a handful of lyrics, so it’s an easy song to learn and a File Date: 15:12 09/04/2018 quick repertoire booster. Page 1 of 1
If you’re asked to lay down a solo on a songwriter’s Notes: latest work of art, take note from this REM hit and put your melodic hat on. It’s much better to play something melodic and memorable than a barrage of flashy techniques. If you fancy a spot of solo busking, the opening riff on this track also sounds cool on an acoustic.
Guitarist Peter Buck has a minimalist style that is a large part of the band’s sound. The One I Love’s solo illustrates how he also applies this concept and the repetition of the first phrase creates a cool ‘singalong’ solo.
Appears at: 0:01-0:16
Key: E minor
Main techniques: String muting / ringing notes
whatyouwilllearn Use a riff to outline a chord change String muting and ringing notes Offbeat arpeggio notes