How to Play Landslide On Acoustic Guitar [Step-by-Step Video]

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How to Play Landslide On The Guitar

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Step 1: The Chords

To play the G/B place your second finger on the 5th string 2nd fret, open 4th string, open 3rd string, and then your pinky finger is holding down the 3rd fret 2nd string, and strum those inner four strings, strumming from the 5th string all the way down to the 2nd string. Changing from an open C major chord to a G/B. It’s important that you use your second finger and pinky to grab that G/B, do not use your first and third fingers to play it. Using the fingers Jon told you to make for a smooth transition when coming from the C. If you are enjoying using the capo in this song be sure to check out our other lesson for how to play Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash for another great capo song.

After the G/B you are going to move to an A Minor 7. This chord is really simple and you’ve kind of already done it without even knowing. Make a C chord, the 1st chord we did in this lesson, and then simply remove your ring finger, and now you have an A Minor 7 chord. So open 5th string, middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret, open 3rd string and pointer finger on the 2nd string 1st fret. Then strum from the 5th string to the 2nd string.

Now back up to the G/B chord we just did. You might want to start out practicing these chord shapes and practice moving them in time. Each chord gets two beats, so just practicing moving these as single strum half notes. C, to G/B, to A Minor 7, back to G/B. Jon is playing this without a pick, but you can use one if you’d like and play this hybrid style, he’s not using one right now just because he just prefers the warmer sound he gets using his fingers to strum than the harsher sound a pick can give, just for the vibe of this song. Using your fingers can give a warmer sound.

Step 2: Fingerpicking

Recap: How to Play Landslide On The Guitar

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