Big Love Guitar Lesson

Big Love by Fleetwood Mac – Guitar Lesson (TABS)

  • 28th February 2019
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In this lesson we're going to be learning the acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac's song 'Big Love'. Lindsey Buckingham wrote the song in 1987 and his live performances of it have been staggering people's minds ever since. 

This isn't going to be a walk in the park for a lot of you, it's really very fast and incredibly demanding on the right hand. Your thumb has to work particularly hard and you may find you're getting a lot of strain. Don't worry about this, it's normal,  just avoid working it too hard and rest for a little while if your wrist starts to hurt. 

When Buckingham plays Big Love live, he usually hangs around the 140 bpm mark. However don't feel as though you need to play it at that speed, it still sounds great at lower tempos. So bring out your metronome and gradually build up your technique.

Big Love is no. 57 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs. 


Big Love Guitar Lesson

Song Details:

  • Capo - 4th fret
  • Tuning - standard
  • Key - C#m
  • Tempo - 140 bpm
  • Difficulty - advanced 

Intro/Verse:

First of all, let's look at the intro/verse riff. The entirety of this section is over an Am chord, just with a moving bass note. As you can see, straight away your thumb is getting quite a workout!

Big Love Guitar Tab


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Chorus:

Into the chorus now and some new chords are thrown into the mix. Be sure to take your time (as always) and really work on getting each note to fall in exactly the right place, without disrupting the thumb.

Big Love Guitar Tab

Solo:

The lick that's being played through the solo is really quite basic and somewhat cliché, however with the moving bass notes underneath, it instantly becomes 10x's harder and a lot more interesting.

Big Love Guitar Tab

Instrumental:

Nothing lets up here, still very demanding on the right hand.

Big Love Guitar Tab


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Instrumental (Part 2):

This part is very difficulty to get up to speed, at a slow tempo you likely won't find it hard to play, but as you work the metronome up you may start to fall short of the click.

Big Love Guitar Tab

Outro:

Finally we have the outro section. This is the section of Big Love where Lindsey Buckingham seems to lose the plot a little, and starts screaming like a lunatic. There's not many people that could perform such an act and still look cool. 

Big love Guitar Lesson


Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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Neon (John Mayer), God Only Knows (The Beach Boys), Never Going back Again (Fleetwood Mac), Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult, Papa George (Tommy Emmanuel, Classical Gas (Mason Williams).


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