Don McLean Songs
On The Acoustic

Don McLean Songs On The Acoustic

Welcome to my Don McLean songs page where below I have lessons on 6 of Don Mclean greatest hits as well as some partial free demos, free chords and lyrics sheets and tips on playing these classic folk songs.

There seems to be lots of questions out there asking is Don McLean dead or is Don McLean still alive or when did Don McLean die? The answer is as of this writing in Mar 2021 he is alive and well. And how old is Don McLean you ask? He is currently 75 years old.

Don McLean Songs - Tutorials


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    American Pie - Bronco Bills Lament
    Castles In The Air - Empty Chairs
    The More You Pay - Vincent

    1. American Pie

    Most famous of Don McLean songs can be found over on the ...

    Don McLean American Pie chords page.


    2. Bronco Bills Lament

    This song by Don McLean was never released as a single.

    • Drop D Tuning = No
    • Capo = No
    • Rhythm = root down root up down up
    • Picking = Yes
    • Chords = G, D/Gb, Em, C, D, A7, B7, G6, Am
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    3. Castles In The Air

    Castles In The Air was released before American Pie but did not chart in 1971. Ten years later it was released again and did was a top 10 in Canada and the US.

    • Drop D Tuning = No
    • Capo = 2nd fret
    • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat this pattern
    • Picking = No
    • Chords = Em, A7, D, Dmaj7, Esus4/D, G 
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    4. Empty Chairs

    As popular as this song is, Empty Chairs was never released as a single.

    • Drop D Tuning = No
    • Capo = No
    • Rhythm = a root up down up and repeat will work but I'm using some arpeggio during the strumming
    • Picking = a few riffs
    • Chords = G, G/C, Am, D, D7, D/Gb, Em, 
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    5. The More You Pay

    This song was never released as a single.

    • Drop D Tuning = No
    • Capo = No
    • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
    • Picking = No
    • Chords = D, C,  Am, F, G, Em, E, Asus2, Bm, Fmaj7
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    6. Vincent ... aka Don McLean Starry Starry Night

    Vincent became a #1 song in the UK in 1972 and was a top 10 in the US, Australia and Canada. My Vincent Don McLean cover has received some positive feedback.

    • Drop D Tuning = No
    • Capo = No
    • Rhythm = a root up down up and repeat will work but in this lesson I'm arpeggio picking a few notes so Im not playing a straight rhythm pattern
    • Picking = some arpeggio picking if you desire
    • Chords = G, Am, C, D, D/Gb, Em, D7, Am7, F, E7, Cmaj7
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    Who Is Don Mclean

    Just briefly, Don McLean is an American singer- songwriter known most famously for two monster songs, American Pie which has had over 5 million plays on radio and for Vicent, which has had over 3 million plays. Don hails from New Rochelle NY.

    He lost his father at age 15. By age 16 he had learned guitar and was making musical connections in his local area. Over the years he hooked up with well known artist Pete Seeger.

    Don got rejected 72 times before his first album "Tapestry", got recorded.


    Don McLean Vincent Video

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