Never Going Back Again guitar lesson

Never Going Back Again by Fleetwood Mac – Guitar Lesson (TABS)

Never Going Back Again was written by Lindsey Buckingham in 1976 for Fleetwood Mac's hugely successful album 'Rumours'. The song is well-known across the globe but is a particular favourite amongst fingerpickers like you and I. 

Buckingham has an incredible right hand picking technique that really takes some work to get comfortable with. If you've not played this style of fingerpicking before you may struggle to get it up to speed, therefore I strongly recommend going very slowly and gradually increasing the tempo.

Song Details:

  • Tuning - drop D (D, A, D, G, B, E)
  • Capo - 4th
  • Tempo - 88 bpm
  • Key - F# major
  • Difficulty - advanced

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Part 1 

Perhaps learn the chord shapes first, then just the bass notes (E, A and D strings), then just the higher strings (G, B and D). Once you can do those three things comfortably, slowly start putting it all together.

Part 2

Take the same approach to learning this section as you did for the previous part. 

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  1. Pierre left a comment on 3rd May 2019 at 5:06 pm


    Your lessons, including this one are great! Thank you for including the tabs.
    I have been working on Never Going Back Again for several weeks and despite my diligence and best efforts, I am unable to accomplish the stretch after the pull-off in bar #2 while keeping my index finger parallel on fret #2. What is your secret? Do you have extra long/ mobile fingers?

    Thank you,

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 5th May 2019 at 11:15 am

      Hey Pierre, thanks for your comment.

      The secret, I’m sorry to say, is practice. My fingers are pretty long but I still struggled with it just as much as anyone else, It’s really hard. Just keep going and I assure you that you will get it.

      Thanks a lot.

  2. Chris M Zangara left a comment on 7th July 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Never ceases to amaze me, this neverending fantastic list! Thank you SO much!

  3. Cory left a comment on 16th July 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Any chance of doing a fingerstyle version of this song? I know there’s already plenty of fingerpicking going on, but I’d really like to pick the melody lines as well as the main rhythm.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 20th July 2019 at 2:44 pm

      That would be really cool, also really hard I imagine. Definitely something to think about!

    • Roy left a comment on 28th September 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Umm… this *is* fingerstyle. It is the entire song exactly as Buckingham played it, so the guitar does both bass and melody. Are talking about some non-Buckingham version that incorporates the vocal melody into the guitar? You might hit up Tommy Emmanuel or Sungha Jung if that’s what you’re after, but this is the actual song.

  4. Steve Corless left a comment on 25th August 2019 at 5:36 am

    Chris, thank you for adding the TAB sheet music function. Just downloaded this first one and looking forward to more in the future!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th August 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks a lot Steve, I really hope you enjoy them. This way everything is completely legitimate and I don’t have to worry about breaking copyright laws.

  5. Josh left a comment on 27th October 2019 at 10:57 am

    Tabs aren’t free anymore?

  6. Adrian Pierce left a comment on 2nd February 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Just a word of gratitude. Thanks for posting all these videos. I came across them just last month, over the Christmas Holidays, when I did a search for “The Boxer”, and found your fabulous lesson. I could not believe how well laid-out it is. It’s been 30 years since I took lessons, and would have liked to pursue guitar more seriously since then, but with all my work travel, could not commit to a schedule for in-person lessons. Now, thanks to discovering your site, I’m filling in all my spare time practicing again. Currently working on this Fleetwood Mac tune, so thrilled to be playing again!

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