Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

  • 1st February 2018
  • Songs

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is a truly beautiful song and a must-know for any fingerpicker worth their salt! Lindsey Buckingham is a masterful fingerstyle player and his playing on this track is simply perfect. Landslide has straightforward chords throughout but nonetheless it is quite demanding on the right hand, and a decent level of technical skill is required to execute the entire piece with accuracy. You'll likely find the chorus considerably harder than the verse but once you get it down you'll throughly enjoy playing it.

This song is no. 9 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and subscribe to get weekly lessons for each song!

Landslide Song facts:

  • Released 1975
  • Album - Fleetwood Mac
  • Written by Stevie Nicks
  • Key Eb
  • Capo 3rd
  • Bpm 154

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Essentially the verse is just three chords - C, G and Am7. It isn't too tricky for the right hand, and Buckingham uses a travis picking style throughout with the bass constantly alternating between the A and D strings.

Landslide Verse

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One thing to watch out for is on the 4th repeat of this progression during the first verse. Buckingham hangs around a little longer on the Am7 chord before walking back up to the C chord to begin the progression again. It's little touches like this that can make the difference between a good song and a great song.

Landslide Verse 2



Things get a great deal more complicated in the chorus. The chord changes are faster and all of a sudden there's a lot more of them; it really does require considerable practice to get it to the point you can play it comfortably.

Landslide Chorus

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  1. rhoda ross left a comment on 15th May 2018 at 4:10 am

    This is a wonderful lesson! Thank you. Are the tabs complete for the lesson? You are great!

  2. Tim brian Shannon left a comment on 29th November 2018 at 3:54 am

    notatoion is nonsense

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 29th November 2018 at 9:48 am

      Hey Tim, are you saying that you don’t think the notation is accurate?

  3. Tim brian Shannon left a comment on 29th November 2018 at 7:09 pm

    yes;first note in first bar is not F# but A; the tab doesn’t jive either;even with the capo on 3rd.fret;the all important notation and much less so tab are basically inaccurate. the video gets an A+. you explicate marvelously.Your wonderful videoes plus correct notation is a formula for success.The Boxer notation is spot on.only wishing you the best;Tim

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 29th November 2018 at 8:36 pm

      The first note is indicated as an A? Is it that you don’t agree with me writing in the key signature with the capo on? In all honesty my reading sucks, if you put Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in front of me I’d struggle to play it – I’m an ear guy. I wish I didn’t have to write the tabs, but most people rely on them. However My ears are telling me that this is what Lindsay Buckingham is playing on the recording and I’m confident that I’m correct there.


  4. Tim brian Shannon left a comment on 1st December 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I’ll follow the tab; Hendrix was an ear guy and Clapton and so forth; as they associated with musicians they became more aware of music theory. I would guess that Eric can read music; differentiates between an A natural and an F#. it’s great to have a good ear; lute players in the middle ages employed tab. in western music notation gives nuances and a feel for the music not found in tablature.Keith Richards as a youngster learned to read music, was required to ; in London you’ll find music dept.@ the University;go to said dept. and discuss ; notation versus tablature ; in music as in horses learning is an ongoing event. season’s greetings; Tim

  5. John Dahl left a comment on 27th December 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Just found your site a few weeks ago. Your teaching technique is awesome. So far I have learned Rhiannon and Landslide. Have you ever thought about doing a finger picking lesson of Paul Simons Graceland? Its a beautiful guitar song.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 27th December 2018 at 11:58 pm

      Hey John, thanks for the comment. Really glad you’re enjoying the lessons!

      Hmm, that is a great song. I’d be happy to transcribe it once the top 60 list is done and I have the time.

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