Rhiannon Guitar Lesson

Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac – Fingerstyle Arrangement (Guitar Lesson with TABS)

This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac.

Rhiannon was written by Stevie Nicks in 1975. The song appears on Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album 'Fleetwood Mac' and was released as a single in '76. It went on to reach number 11 in the USA and has become one of the band's best known songs. 

The most important thing to achieve when playing this arrangement is being 100% true to the melody line of the song. As you learn Rhiannon, really focus on getting that just right.

OK, let's start learning how to play Rhiannon!

Song Details:

  • Key - Am major 
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 126 bpm
  • Difficulty - high intermediate

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Rhiannon Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

The main riff to Rhiannon is a real classic among guitarists; it's great fun to play and sounds so good. However, I have seen so many people play it incorrectly. If you listen carefully to the riff you'll hear that the bass notes aren't just playing on each beat. They're actually quite syncopated, and this is what many people get wrong. All will be taught in the video lesson.

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How to Play The Verse

Onto the verse now and here we have a relatively simple alternating bass with the melody simultaneously being played on top.

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How to Play The Chorus

The chorus is likely a little harder than the verse but it's well worth the extra work as it's a lot of fun to play once you've mastered it.

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How to Play The Bridge

There's just the bridge left to learn now and if you're OK with the rest of the song then you shouldn't struggle too much here.

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. erika left a comment on 20th March 2019 at 6:56 am

    Amazing course, really helpfull

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 21st March 2019 at 10:10 am

      Thank you, glad you found it helpful.

  2. George lange left a comment on 21st April 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Excellent course where have you been all these years?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 23rd April 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Glad you like it George!

  3. Simon left a comment on 27th June 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Do you have a complete tab in a printable format?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 1st July 2019 at 3:27 pm

      I’m afraid not, due to copyright laws.

  4. Sam left a comment on 6th September 2019 at 9:25 am

    Awesome lesson, it has been helpful!
    Looking at your 2nd and 4th course C chord sections, I can’t seem to match the Tab up to your video. Could there be a mistake?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 10th September 2019 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Sam, as I teach the lessons I follow the tabs, so they should match up.

      • Zach left a comment on 26th June 2020 at 2:02 am

        Great lessons but I don’t think they match up either. You bass notes in the tab for the chorus are not all quarter notes but in the video they are all quarter notes.

        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 3rd July 2020 at 9:43 am

          Hi Zach, it’s been a long time since I made this lesson but I can tell you that it will work either way – quarter notes or quavers. Play it whichever way sounds best to you.

  5. MT left a comment on 27th December 2019 at 9:11 pm

    In the “verse” section you said its trimmed back. What is different between the tab above and what is played in the song?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 29th December 2019 at 11:40 am

      In the actual song it won’t be played like this at all as this is an arrangement. In the song it’s likely just the chords being strummed underneath the vocal.

  6. Oscar left a comment on 7th September 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Since my hands are rather small, I am having a hard time using the thumb for the F bass. I tend to use my index, which forces me to make the funniest chord positions 🙂 same goes for Eddie Vedder’s Tuolumne.

    Anyway, is going well…

  7. Max left a comment on 28th September 2020 at 10:05 am

    Looks like the tabs have disappeared? I was mid – way through learning but they seem to be gone now? Is there any way I can get access?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 28th September 2020 at 10:29 am

      Hi Max, the tab has been removed due to copyright. For more information on why, this video by Gareth Evans explains the issues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F63x345mCA
      The music will be transcribed in the coming months and then available via Musicnotes as for all other songs.
      Thanks, Chris

  8. Danny left a comment on 17th October 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Max,
    I love this song and have practicing alot to get it down.
    Im stuck on the beginning of the chourus with C on the 7th fret.
    I just cant get my first finger flat on the 8th fret and have my thumb on the 8th low E string at the same time.
    Could you help with another kind of arrangement? I really want to get this song down 🙁

    Thanks you for your great lessons…super!!!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 20th October 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Glad you like the lesson Danny. I’d really stick with trying to get your thumb around the back of the neck as in Fingerstyle you do it all the time. Well worth the work! Good luck with it.

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