Ukulele Video Lesson - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)

Ukulele video lessons are a great way to learn many different types of songs to play on your uke. One of the great things about the ukulele is the fact that a range of genres, from rock, reggae, to country sound great on it. If you are a fan of the band Fleetwood Mac, then there is a good chance you have heard of the song “Landslide”. It’s one of the more popular songs from their litany of hits, and you might be surprised at just how great it sounds when you learn to play it on the ukulele.

What is this ukulele video lesson about?

At its core, the song is about the relationship between a father and a daughter. Stevie Nicks wrote the song while she was in Aspen, Colorado, and says the entire thing only took about five minutes to write. This was before she was actually a part of Fleetwood Mac. At the time, she and Linsey Buckingham were performing as a duo called Buckingham-Nicks. It was at this point in her life that her parents told her that she could have another six months to work on her music, and if things did not pan out, they would pay for her to go back to school. Three months after writing the song, she and Buckingham received a call from Mick Fleetwood.

It is a beautiful song, and the lyrics are very poignant and heartfelt. Since it is a slower song, many new ukulele players may not realize just how good this will sound on ukulele. When you check out the ukulele video lesson for Landslide, it becomes very apparent though just how much the ukulele is capable of delivering, even when it comes to these slow songs. Not everything you play on ukulele needs to be fast and upbeat.

Even though today many people know and love this song, it wasn’t released as a single. It was simply part of the album. The first singles from that album were “Over My Head” in the United States and “Warm Ways” in the UK. It didn’t become popular until after the album came out and people heard it. At that point, “Landslide” started to get a substantial amount of airplay. In 1998, they released a live version of the song on an album called The Dance. This was the first time Landslide was ever made into a single.

Covers

The song’s popularity grew even more as bands and singers from other genres started to cover the song. The Smashing Pumpkins recorded it in 1994 and it appeared on their album Pisces Iscariot. They also released it again in 2001 on their greatest hits album. Their single of “Landslide” was the first time the song hit the charts, peaking as #30 in the United States.

Tori Amos covered the song in 1996, and it was on her album In the Springtime of Her Hoodoo. Her cover also proved to be popular, and she included it on many of her live set lists. Several years ago, in 2011, the cast of Glee recorded the song with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Their cover of the song actually reached #23 on the US chart. It was even used in a Budweiser beer commercial in 2013. The best cover that was done, in my opinion, was by The Dixie Chicks. It's a Bluegrass cover that is awesome!

The meaning of the song is special to many people, and the appeal crosses musical genres. If you would like to learn to play a beautiful song that many people will know when you start playing, “Landslide” is a very good option to consider. Check out the ukulele video lesson so you can get started on this song. 

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