Landslide Guitar Lesson

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

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 I'm sure you'll throughly enjoy playing it.

Song Details:

  • Released 1975
  • Album - Fleetwood Mac
  • Written by Stevie Nicks
  • Capo 3rd
  • Bpm 158
  • Difficulty - intermediate

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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. 

The chord changes here are faster; it really does require considerable practice to get it to the point you can play it comfortably.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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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. 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.

  3. tom left a comment on 11th April 2019 at 7:31 am

    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.

  4. Josh Lowe left a comment on 6th May 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t think that guy realised the intro tab is seperate rate to the verse tab?

  5. Neel left a comment on 7th June 2019 at 3:28 am

    Hey so in the tabs the am7 on the first time through the chorus is played with a hammer on, but in the video he just played an am7 identical to the one in the intro. Does anyone know which one is correct

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 12th June 2019 at 11:06 am

      Hey Neel, I wouldn’t worry about it too much, the difference is very small. Perhaps watch a few videos of Buckingham playing it and go from there.

  6. Joseph left a comment on 27th July 2019 at 7:17 am

    Do you have a tab for the part between the second verse and chorus? he plays three A4 notes (high E 5th fret) before where your chorus tab starts.

    • Joseph left a comment on 27th July 2019 at 7:40 am

      Wait, it’s A#4/high E 6th fret.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 27th July 2019 at 11:03 am

      Hey Joseph, all the available tabs are here. All song tabs are in the process of being updated.

  7. Penny left a comment on 7th September 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Landslide was actually written by Stevie Nicks. It’s not a Lindsay Buckingham song although obviously he plays guitar on it !!

    • Rachel left a comment on 4th April 2021 at 10:00 am

      Hello Penny, Chris actually says in his details of the song at the beginning that it was written by Stevie Nicks.
      Awesome lesson, by far the most accurate for Landslide that I’ve come across!

  8. Madi left a comment on 11th January 2021 at 12:59 am

    What does the 3x in the tab mean? Do we repeat the G/B 3 time or all 4 bars are repeated thrice?

    • Madi left a comment on 11th January 2021 at 3:09 am

      Got it now.

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