Riff Of The Month: Rem: the one i love

The One I Love

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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.

Cheat sheet…

Ap­pears at: 0:01-0:16

Tempo: 126bpm

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

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