Landslide

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

  • 1st February 2018
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  • 9 Comments

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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Verse:

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

 

Chorus:

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. 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. 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.

    Regards

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

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