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Big Love – Guitar Lesson (TABS)

Fleetwood Mac

SONG DETAILS

DIFFICULTY:

5

TUNING:

Standard

CAPO:

4th fret

TEMPO:

138 BPM

KEY:

C# minor

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 blowing people’s minds ever since.

I have to be honest, 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.

Alright, let’s pick up our guitars and learn how to play Big Love!

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Big Love Guitar Lesson

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. Your thumb is going to get quite a workout, as you’ll soon see! As always, take it slow and focus on your accuracy over your speed.

Big Love Solo Section

The lick that’s being played through the solo is really quite basic and somewhat clich√©; however, with the moving bass notes underneath it instantly becomes 10 times harder and a lot more interesting.

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Instrumental (Part 1)

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

Instrumental (Part 2)

This part is very difficult 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.

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