Guitar Power Chords – Landslide

Guitar power chords are extremely adaptable & can be moved up or down the fretboard to form different voicings. While they’re most frequently found in rock and metal music, these versatile chords also appear across many other genres of music as well.

No matter the genre of guitar you play – acoustic or electric – this song makes learning easier for both new guitarists and experienced ones alike. Additionally, its progression through its five major sections allows newcomers to practice finger spacing as they traverse up the neck of their instrument.

Basic Chords

Guitar chords form the core of any song. Even simple songs can be altered drastically just by switching up their chords used, making it essential for beginners to master these fundamentals from day one.

Start out right by learning basic chord shapes properly – it will save novice guitarists both time and hassle down the line, as they quickly pick up songs they wish to play while developing their abilities more quickly.

E Minor chord is an ideal starting point for beginner musicians as its easy playing and familiar sound make for an accessible musical introduction. It resembles an E Major with one string muted, thus producing its characteristic sound.

To play this chord, your pointer finger must rest on the first fret of the second string while your middle finger rests on the third fret of the fourth string. Furthermore, make sure your fingers touch all strings by arching them.


Fleetwood Mac first recorded this song for their 1975 self-titled album and it has also been covered by Smashing Pumpkins (1994) and Dixie Chicks (2002). Stevie Nicks composed this piece to convey her frustration over things unravelling in her personal life.

This chord progression may appear simple at first glance, but there can be some tricky fingerings that require attention and practice to execute successfully. If this is your first experience with finger picking, I recommend starting slowly; ultimately the goal should be for all fingers working in unison to become synchronized and work as one unit.

Once you’ve mastered those three chords, add the plucking part. It’s an effective way to practice those chords without having to hold down other strings; just play C, G over B, A minor 7, D7 over F#, E minor until repeating for 85% of your song – that’s quite a few chords to remember!


The bridge provides a stunning contrast to the verse and chorus, adding depth and emotion to the song. This section highlights a signature fingerpicking pattern from Fleetwood Mac’s sound: Travis picking, which alternates bass notes with higher strings. To maintain consistency of rhythm practice this section with a metronome.

After the bridge, the chord progression shifts to G/B with a B in the bass – this change can be particularly challenging and requires plenty of practice before becoming perfect. Make sure to have frequent short practice sessions rather than one lengthy session each week for maximum effectiveness.

Landslide is an inspiring song, well worth your time to learn and master it. Remember that every musician was once just starting out – be patient as you progress toward your musical goals!