Our second finger picking lesson is another example of pattern picking. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac uses a similar picking pattern to “Dust in the Wind”. However, the chord changes here require more movement.
For your convenience, the chord shapes and fingerings are as follows:
Click here if you’re not sure how to read the chord blocks.
For the picking pattern, you will use your thumb (P), index (I), and middle (M) fingers on your picking hand. A capo on the third fret is also required to be in the same key as the original.
I recommend strumming through the chords first to ensure a clear sound. Then add the picking pattern. Once you’re ready, use the tablature example below. Pluck the strings with the corresponding fingers as labeled above the tab. Once you have the pattern, your picking hand should be playing;
Thumb (P), Index (I), Thumb (P), Middle (M) Thumb (P), Index (I), Thumb (P)
The first part of the song we will look at is the Intro/Verse. In this section we are using three chords. Practice these changes first and aim for smooth transitions.
The first chord change is C to G/B. Note only the second and fourth fingers are required to make the G/B. All G/B means is that the notes from a G major chord are used in the top of the chord while B is used in the bass.
The second change is a G/B to an Amin7. The Amin7 is just an A minor chord without the third finger. Only the first and second fingers are required. The final change in the Intro/Verse is simply switching back to the G/B.
Fleetwood Mac – Stevie Nicks
|Intro / Verse|
|Last time through the Intro/Verse|
Note that the last time through the Intro/Verse; the D/F# chord is introduced. This is the last chord before the Bridge. Changing Amin7 into D/F# is probably the most challenging change within the song. Use your first, second, and fourth fingers to fret the D/F#. Repetitive practice of this chord change is helpful in being able to play through the song in time.
The next major part of the song is the Bridge. Notice that the thumb on the picking hand is now starting the pattern on the low E string. The index and middle fingers continue to pick the same strings as before. This slight alteration in the picking pattern only applies to the G, G/F#, Emin, and D/F# chords.
Once you feel comfortable with both parts, the last step is to practice playing through the Intro/Verse and into the Bridge. In addition, play the Bridge and back into the Intro/Verse.
This generally covers “Landslide”, good luck and enjoy!
P.S. Sound clips for the tab and for the G/B, G/F# & D/F# will be up soon.
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