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BS-904 • American Pie - Don McLean
« on: March 24, 2009, 11:25:26 pm »
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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2009, 06:43:11 am »
how do you strum the second verse?

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 04:32:51 am »
I see a lot of other tab using E7 instead of E - any preference?

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 03:20:21 pm »
I couldn't make out the strumming pattern for the Dsus4, D, Dsus2, D sequence, and also D7, D7sus4, D7, D7sus2, D7 sequence?  I am not sure if that last sequence is even correct, as Justin seems to play it 2 different ways during the video.
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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009, 01:31:54 am »
hey I'm just wondering, do I keep playing the same chords as the second verse for the rest of the verses? and then on the last verse when the song slows down again like in the beginning, am I playing the chords from verse 1 again? I hope you can understand what I am trying to say thanks I appreciate the help

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 05:51:03 pm »
I guess we all tried this song and whilst it isn't so hard to play, it's quite something to understand the lyrics...

that's why I post this cool article as supporting material; in which the lyrics are analyzed     
and it all starts to make more sense :)

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/amerpie-1.htm
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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2010, 02:00:31 pm »
Hiya,

Can anyone help me with the last line of the song? The chords are definitely different but Justin doesn't have them on the tab or the video.

Great lesson though.

Thanks :-)


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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2010, 02:13:39 pm »
@ laylababe_5

I can tell you what I play (I learned  this before I knew about Justin) ...


normal:

Em                         A7  Em                        D7
This'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die


last line:

Em                         A7   C              D7         C
This'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die


You can add a quick G C on the end for a bit of a flourish, too (I mean 1 strum on C, 1 strum an G then 1 on C again)

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2010, 08:50:49 pm »
Like another poster here, I have a question about strumming the Dsus sequence. Justin does this several times, several ways in the lesson, and he makes it look so easy, he probably has no idea what he's doing. I understand about what to do in the LH to go 3-2-3-4-3 (mi-re-mi-fa-mi). But it's not being strummed as a full chord. I think there's a strum on the beat, and then the top string comes off the beat (the 'and').

Sorry, I'm not explaining this well.

Either way, if someone could take a really good look at what Justin does, and tell me what to do with my RH, I'd be really grateful. Failing that, I'd settle for doing it like Don Maclean. ;)

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011, 01:31:44 pm »
Hi everyone.
I have a problem with the song mentioned in the headline. Although I got the book and watched the video I got no idea how to play the funky stuff on D. What is the strumming to the things I do with my left hand on D? In the video only the left hand is shown and he says nothing about the strumming. And second thing I don't know is, in the video justin says from verse 2 the strumming is DDUUD. But in the second verse where it start's with the text "Do you believe in rock ’n roll," he plays the G and the D shorter. What is he strumming in this situation? It's not the DDUUD thing. And a few lines later in the second verse he plays only one downstroke and not the DDUUD strumming. This also seems to be a failure in the book. There's nothing explained about different strummings, but it's not the DDUUD strumming all the time. But that's another story.
I hope somebody can help me please.

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2011, 03:08:03 pm »
I think this is in the wrong spot.
 
I play the song in G and can write a book on what, and why the D chord can do about anything it wishes.
Since you need a down , up thing you what get the chordal harmony to a 5 chord.

This book has no Melodie lines, key or time signature???
Just asking I have not seen it.
I kind of thought it may contain a chord chart with the video.
But it is possible to have got copy right and made a full blown song book.
 I seen have a very old single sheet music for this song.
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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011, 06:23:19 pm »
I would suggest at 1st don't worry so much about the D chord fancy stuff, just get the chords going and changes right.  Then once you are comfortable with that try just strumming the D/Dsus4/dsus thing.  But, work on the rest of the song 1st.

As for those parts of the verses I do it like this

G (strum DDU)    D (strum DDU)     Em (strum DDUUD) 
Do you              believe in           rock and roll.


Just how I worked it out see it that works for you too. 

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2011, 02:09:52 pm »
Tks Saphira for your reply.
I will try your advice. I just hate wrong song descriptions.
Justin's book is my fifth book and I had the hope descriptions are correct and complete.
I have no problems playing this song (except this Dsus stuff, this is something new to me), but I need to know what to play. And in the video to the very beginning he said, it's just DDUUD from 2nd verse and all following verses. Later on he play's something different without explaining.
I don't like those "home made problems"... But anyway.
Last question. Do you know what he's strumming when he's playing the dsus stuff? I thing it's the DDUUD thing. Do you think the same?

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2011, 03:14:22 pm »
That D sus thing as far as I can tell, is just a little "personality" added into the song.  For example if you listen to Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive" Richie adds in little flick's and things.  If you search you tube for some live performances of that song each will have them in different places. (or he'll do something completely different) IMHO it kind of falls into adding your personality to the song, and "making it yours" kind of thing.  Don McLean wrote that song, but as you learn to play it you'll feel it and add them in when you feel like it, which may not be exact to the recorded version of the song. 


OK how I play some of the D sus's is DDUUD UDUD.  So it's still DDUUD, but then the sus is added afterwords with a little UDUD. Eventually when my little finger becomes better at hammer on's and pull off's I may try that instead.  (but I may decide I like to strum it better)


Now I'm not a good player, (my opinion of myself, but I'm sure others here would agree  ;D), it took me months to really play this song to the point that I knew it without having to "think".  I had to go back and play this song on my guitar a few times to actually know what I was doing in those parts, it became so automatic to me that I think typing out every detail would get a little hard.  (does that make sense) 

Also one other tip, keep playing with the record.  I would put it on repeat and spend a lot of time just playing with the record, over and over.  That will really get your timming right, and then you'll really start to hear and feel when you should add them in. (and how to add them in)

I hope I didn't make this sound harder than it is, it really is a matter of getting the basics of this song down and that extra fun stuff will come in all on it's own.  trust me if I can do it you can too. 

I hope this helped.

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Re: ST-519 • American Pie (Don McLean)
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2011, 04:39:10 pm »
Hi Saphira
Tks for your quick reply. I really appreciate!
IMHO when somebody, in this case justin, explains a song, I expect that everything will be explained. It's good to get help or an idea from somebody, who can play the guitar really nicely. Of course, if somebody wants to do it different he can do it. No question about it, but for beginners like we are, we have to spend so much time in practice. I don't wanna try for hours what it could be that he was playing. But I will try your way of playing it. May be it works for me too and sounds good :-)

Wish you all the best and thank you very much for helping me.

 

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