Toulumne Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

Toulumne by Eddie Vedder (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson) with TABS

This is the full guitar lesson for Toulumne from Into The Wild.

Toulumne was written by Eddie Vedder as part of the sound track to the film 'Into The Wild'. The song is just 1 minute long and consists of just one acoustic guitar gently fingerpicking through a very simple but very effective chord progression. 

The song uses a common right hand fingerpicking pattern throughout and has some very subtle and clever nuances in it. It's easy to miss these and to just play the pattern over and over, but you'll learn all these little changes in the video lesson. 

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Toulumne!

Song Details:

  • Key - C major
  • Tempo - 110bpm
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - Intermediate 

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Toulumne Guitar Lesson

One of the tricky things about playing Toulumne is the speed, it can be hard to cram in all the sixteenth notes into each beat. My advice (as always) is to take it slowly, to work on getting all the notes played as well as you possibly can and then to gradually start picking up the tempo. Try it along with a metronome to help you develop good timing and to track your progress. 

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Greg left a comment on 9th November 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Chris, I’m really enjoying working through your Top 60! Somebody may have already mentioned this, but you got the “o” and the “u” transposed in the title. It should be spelled Tuolumne, and then the correct pronunciation is “too-all-uh-mee”. It most commonly refers to a region in Yosemite National Park here in the US. Keep up the good work!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 15th November 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Forgive me, I’m dyslexic and I make mistakes like that allll the time.

  2. Jan left a comment on 22nd April 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Chris, great videos and tabs! Thanks so much.

    There is something Im struggling with though. I was taught that I always had to play the three bass strings (EAD) with my thumb and the three higher strings (G,H,highE) with index, middle and ringfinger respectively…

    So where you move your thumb in the video I instead move my three other fingers. I realise that that is also a deviation from what I was taught because Im playing the D string with my index…

    Is that a matter of personal taste or a dangerous error to make which will be hard to get rid off later on? I have this pattern down from playing Guaranteed, so it feels much more natural to me to use the index right after the pinch instead of the thumb.

    Thank you!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 26th April 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Jan, what you were taught is correct but it’s a general rule and you don’t have to follow it religiously. however 99% of the time my thumb plays the E, A and D strings. I think if you’re using your index on the D string a lot it could potentially lead to problems later on.

  3. Jan left a comment on 22nd April 2020 at 5:44 pm

    (I learned Guaranteed elsewhere, so Im not using your pinch followed by thumb pattern but rather pinch followed by index)

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