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After I got finished recording American Pie cover and guitar lesson I let the camera run and just...

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American Pie, Don McLean Cover
The beginning is piano, the middle is guitar, and ending has piano and guitar together. 
You're support is much appreciated because I'm sharing revenue on this cover version as I do on all the covers that I make.
It took me awhile to figure out a couple of things, like how I was going to sing the melody because I'm not Don McLean, so I made a few changes. I could probably do it eventually with practice but part of me says, "That's good enough let's just get it out!"
I may go back and put bass in the recording too but not right now. I've got to move on and get to other things. So here's an example of how to play American Pie.
The guitar lesson video has no piano in it. It's all guitar.
Hal Stead
https://youtu.be/1wNHvchIG-8
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The 5 to 1, V to I, Cadence Exposed
The cadence is something I don't hear guitar teachers talking about. This 5 to 1 relationship is so important and meaningful in music. It permeates the music that surrounds us and most of us don't even know it.
Another thing that I did this morning was to look carefully at every name, every supporter that has a stake in my teaching online. I want to thank you all for being a part of my life. Words are inadequate to express the deep gratitude that I feel for all of you.
Thank you.
Hal
https://youtu.be/ql1ZM51mJh4
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American Pie Guitar Lesson
Hello everyone,
Here is the guitar lesson. Hope you like it.
Take care,
Hal

https://youtu.be/lb3a8EnOPVw
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Hangout yesterday and Don McLean
Hello everyone,
Yesterday I attempted to have a hangout on YouTube but technical difficulties made it difficult. 
For those of you that were waiting and nothing happened... sorry about that. This week I'll be working with my support team to see if we can get everything up and running for next week. I abandoned YouTube and met with a few supporters on Rock Out Loud for the rest of the session.
We talked about 
  • cadences in music
  • American Pie
  • answered questions
It was fun! 
American Pie. this song came out in 1971 on Don McLean's American Pie album. You can read about it here on Wikipedia. It was a big success. Why am I talking about it? Because students are asking about it.
Here is an interesting article that came out in October 2020 interviewing Don McLean. You might be interested.
I've liked the song for years. The lyrics are cryptic to everyone and there are websites dedicated to unraveling the messages contained therein. Don gives us no help in understanding what they mean. You'll have to read that article to find out why.
My interest in American Pie is purely musical. Personally I like cryptic lyrics because they can mean to many things to many people on many levels. It's fun.
I'll record American Pie soon, as a cover, and then come out with a video guitar lesson. Not sure when that will be done exactly but it may be this next week. There are about 10 songs that I'm learning, and several videos in process, and I'll publish a couple this week... hopefully.
In the meantime I'll continue to make videos of songs that I've been playing, and performing for years, and one of those is American Pie. It looks like there is a book, a documentary, a Broadway show, and movie coming out based on American Pie. We'll see how that all pans out. 
Meanwhile we'll analyze the song a bit, play it, and enjoy it for whatever it means to us individually.
One more thing. I'm updating my book and will have a new version out in a day or so. American Pie will be in it along with an ever expanding theory section, and a few other updates. 
Have a great week.
Thank you for your support.
Hal Stead
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