Lindsey Buckingham Sound

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Lindsey Buckingham Sound

  1. 1. ==== ====Play the same guitars Lindsey Buckingham does.www.nocalguitars.com==== ====One of the less well known guitarists of the last entry is Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.Newer guitarists may not be familiar with Buckingham, but his style and sound inspired severalgenerations of guitarists. Hes probably most well known for hist signing, songwriting andproduction skills, but his guitar playing was instrumental in Fleetwood Macs success, so its worthtaking a look at. Im going to take a look at his sound and give you an idea of the kind of setupthats required to reproduce some of his signature sounds.The first thing that makes Buckingham so unique is the fact that he uses a fingerpicking style.Originally a Banjo player, Lindsey Buckingham made the transition to guitar, and his virtuosoperformances are a signature sound of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham plays bass lines with histhumb while he uses the other fingers to voice melodies and sweeping arpeggios. The resultantmusic is truly original and inspiring.Looking at his setup, one thing that youll notice is that he has a truly unique axe. His Turnerelectric is not a guitar that has much fame, outside of Lindsey Buckingham. Its shape, distinctlyviolin like, is one of the most unique features of the guitar. You will also find Buckingham playingan acoustic on various tracks. Theres nothing especially important to be said about his acoustic,other than the way he plays the instrument.Theres one performance in specific that Id like to analyze. During one particular Fleetwood Macreunion, back in 1997, Buckingham performed the song "Big Love", playing a Gibson Chet Atkinssold-body nylon string guitar. The reason that Ive chosen this one is because of the unique soundthat he got using that particular guitar. You can actually recreate this sound, even if you dont havethis particular axe. Using your acoustic electric guitar, I will show you how to simulate this soundusing your guitar and a few simple effects.In order to simulate this sound, youre going to need delay and reverb. If you have an amp withthese effects built in, that will do just fine. For the delay time, youre going to want to set it around125 milliseconds. Youll need to be able to adjust the blend on the delay, adjusting it to be mostlythe direct signal. This is important because when youre soloing and playing intricate melodies,you dont want the delayed notes muddying down the sound youre trying to create. If youre usinga delay unit, such as those built in to some amplifiers, that only allows you to adjust the delay timeby tapping a button, you may find it difficult to get the exact sound that Im trying to teach. You canplay around with the settings to see if you can get a sound thats similar or just use this guide as away to get ideas for new sounds.Another adjustment that you may want to consider, if you have a nice delay, is to roll off some ofthe high end from the delayed signal. Again, this is to make sure that your original notes really singthrough. As for your reverb, youre going to want to reduce the size of the room to around 35
  2. 2. percent. If youre not allowed to change the room size, dont worry, just know this is going to bemore of a creative exercise for you, rather than an all out recreation of the original sounds ofBuckingham. Finally, youre going to want to roll out a good bit of the midrange from your amplifier(or board if youre going directly into one). This is going to keep things crisp and clear when yourereally laying on the notes.While using built in effects are limiting, you can get a unique sound using this guide. For those witha nice effects board or pedals that allow them to adjust all of these settings, youll find a deep airysound is the result of these settings. This is great to add some depth to a track where the mainguitar part is played on an acoustic. If you havent heard the version of "Big Love" that Im talkingabout, get on the net and look for videos or recordings from the 97 Fleetwood Mac reunion show.Its truly worth your time & is a great performance! Good luck & happy guitarring!John T Halbert is a writer who publishes on subjects of self help and human ability. His studiesinclude the human body and mind and the innate abilities that lie within. He recently helpedpublish a series of websites about the Schwinn 460 Elliptical [http://460-elliptical.info] and theElliptical Exercise Machine [http://460-elliptical.info/elliptical-exercise-machine/].Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_T_Halbert==== ====Play the same guitars Lindsey Buckingham does.www.nocalguitars.com==== ====

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