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A Guitar Song: Amercian Pie

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Some really cool memories go along with a guitar song that was near and dear to my heart.

Me and my first love (he was a guitar player too!) would sit around and sing Don McLean’s “American Pie”.

The cool thing is that the original version on the radio at the time was on piano, which we both played.

It didn’t take long to turn that song into a guitar song though because we went on Church trips and carried our guitars!

Here’s the catch: the song is around 8 minutes long with lots of words.

Here’s the fun part: doing all the prep work was awesome!

The trips to the music store, Strickland Music, were the best.

There were hundreds of pieces of sheet music and songbooks there. I bought the sheet music and took off on a goal to make a radio piano song into guitar song.

In these awesome tech savvy days, I quickly found a link on the internet to share a good shot of the guitar strums and McLean’s voice dubbed over the live guitar playing.

Give it a try! That is when you will learn the most.

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