Several times while teaching guitar I had requests to teach Never Going Back Again by Lindsey Buckingham. The first time when I was asked I had never played it before, and at first listen I thought that it sounded simple.
Because I thought that it was simple, I decided to go through this song again and make a video tutorial. It was actually a little more involved than I had thought but it was a fun challenge. So what are the challenges?
What are the challenges?
If you haven’t yet developed good bar chord technique your first challenge may be to hold down the bar chords. However, if you are comfortable with bar chords, then you may have more difficulty with the next challenge.
The second challenge may be the fingerstyle patterns. I consider myself quite capable of playing fingerstyle. However, Lindsey’s accompaniment DID take me a little more time than I had expected to learn. But it’s fun to play once you have learned it, and it’s a nice challenge.
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Lindsey Buckingham teaches how to play his song in a YouTube video that you can find. However his explanations are not as detailed as you may want to hear. Watch my videos to help you to play this piece.
Tutorial Part 1
Use a Music Practice Log to save you time and create a practice routine
Keep all your hand written TAB or Notation in one place with a page numbered book of blank TAB or Staff paper
The first video has details of the right hand finger picking patterns that you’ll need to learn in order to play this. Lindsey calls the first pattern a “backwards Travis Picking” style. You use a thumb and 2 fingers to play that.
Use a thumb and 3-fingers to play the second pattern. While cycling through the a, m, i, a, m, i finger pattern, alternate the thumb between two strings. This is probably the more difficult of the two if you are not used to using 3 fingers and a thumb.
Tutorial Part 2
Learn the second part of Lindsey’s song accompaniment using the same finger-style patterns as in Part 1.
Get the TAB and Standard Notation for this song accompaniment.
Tutorial Part 3
Develop your “bouncing thumb” accompaniment first while working on the solo part of this song. You’ll need to keep that going while you play the melody along the 2nd string.