how to play “Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac – acoustic guitar lesson


Learn how to play “Never Going Back Again” the way it was recorded by Fleetwood Mac. A great finger picking song. Excellent playing by Lindsey Buckingham.

The guitar I’m playing here is a Martin DX1. I really like this guitar, it has that great Martin tone.

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    Due to a divorce, I'm picking up the guitar again after 10 years of silence. Just picked up a new Takamine cutaway, and have always lusted after the knowledge to play this song. I'll be watching this about 100 times.

    Thank you for not only what you've done here, but how you've done it.

  2. I can't seem to mesh the bass and treble picking patterns. It's the only thing holding me up, no matter how much I practice.

  3. is this tuned a step down??? my only sounds like that on the 4th fret capo drop d tuning

  4. I'm a fairly advanced guitar player but I can never get the alternate picking down on the bass notes while also playing the treble. I just can't do it, I've been trying for months. Any suggestions?

  5. Awesome…thanks!

  6. Great tutorial , right to the point, no rambling introduction. Just subscribed.

  7. Very well done.  A beautiful guitar as well. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Dude, in the past few years I've been learning a lot of guitar playing watching videos like yours and I need to say this even if it's the most unnecessary comment of the decade: it has to be, by far, the clearest, easisest, most engaging guitar lesson I've ever witnessed. Thank you for taking the time to share. You are a cool dude!

  9. hi, how does the Dx1 compare to the Dx1r ? I'm about to buy Dx1r

  10. Thank you. You do a great job and have learned a few songs including Julia. Love playing Julia.

  11. Thank you. You do a great job and have learned a few songs including Julia. Love playing Julia.

  12. Thanks so much for this. After 2 weeks of studying, I'm confident in all its dynamics. A challenging exercise, for sure. But you've broken it down so clearly & concise. Again, thank you. I'd really like to see you do a clinic on Richard Thompson's '52 Vincent…'– others on YouTube can play it okay, but their teaching leaves a lot to be desired.

  13. Thanks for a great lesson. You are detailed and concise at the same time…a great asset to YouTube…subscribed :)

  14. This is exactly how I taught myself this song about 30 years ago, hunched over a tape machine for three hours in a girlfriend's front room (while she got bored and left). As soon as I realised that it was in fact one guitar and not the two I had always assumed it to be, the penny dropped, and I figured out how to play this song and flatpicking all at once.

    I too tuned my guitar to standard with a drop D, but was experiencing hand fatigue by the end of the song. Since then, I have read in several publications that Lindsey Buckingham used a "Hawaiian" tuning, i.e. standard with the A string dropped to G and the low E dropped all the way to C. Sounds the same, but makes chording much easier.

    I think your lessons are excellent, by the way – always very accurate, and without any unnecessary talking or breaking passages down too much to interrupt the momentum. I've been playing a very long time, some of it professionally, and giving lessons from time to time. Yours are always the first instructional videos I refer to. Thanks, and keep up the excellent work!

  15. For almost 20 years, I had a beautiful song in my head somewhere, sometimes. I almost thought I had dreamt it up and then I played 'Rumours' in the early 1990s and there it was: Never Going Back Again! I was so completely mesmerised and entranced but I was able to recall where I'd heard it and now it's definitely one of my favourite songs. beautiful playing too- thank you x.

  16. Excellent breakdown thank you

  17. the chord he strums at 3:21 is destroying my left hand. I cant not get one of the strings muted by my pointer barring the second fret….

  18. Absolutely brilliant lesson…thank you for this. Can't believe there are thirty odd dislikes…

  19. brilliant lesson buddy, thanks very much, you get to the essence of it, exactly like Lyndsey Buckingham. thanks again

  20. Great video! I wanted to click on your landslide link but every time I move over to click on it the video controls pop-up over the link so I can't

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