Lindsey Buckingham, Still Stylin'
|"I'm hoping no one asks any questions that are technical, because I can't read music and I've never had lessons. It's all about intuition and imagination," says Lindsey Buckingham.|
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For a guy who has created some of the most well-known guitar parts of all time, Lindsey Buckingham seems pretty humble about it all. When the Fleetwood Mac guitarist and songwriter played the opening bars of "Rhiannon" in the David Friend Recital Hall last month, he shrugged as if anyone could have come up with the riff.
But the energetic applause from the crowd of students, faculty, and staff for the 15-second performance seemed to indicate otherwise: namely, that without Buckingham's innovative contributions, Fleetwood Mac would have never created some of the most popular rock music of the past several decades.
"I don't think of myself as a writer," said Buckingham, after performing the "Rhiannon" passage. "Stevie is a writer. I'm a stylist. It's about styles, colors, emotional tones."
Fair enough. But Buckingham did write some of Fleetwood Mac's best songs, such as "Go Your Own Way," "Second Hand News," and "Monday Morning." And he played some of his songs during an hour-long clinic at Berklee. The Q&A session came just a few hours before he performed at the Berklee Performance Center, the Boston stop on a tour supporting his latest album, Gift of Screws.
Click on the photo to learn more about the clinic.