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.
Landslide Song facts:
- Released 1975
- Album - Fleetwood Mac
- Written by Stevie Nicks
- Key Eb
- Capo 3rd
- Bpm 154
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Learn more about the techniques used in this song.
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.
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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.
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.
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