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Elton John Songs
On The Acoustic

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On this Elton John songs page are several guitar lessons featuring Elton John hit on the acoustic you can easily learn. 

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Elton John Songs
Demos, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. Bennie And The Jets

bennie and the jets guitar lesson

Bennie And The Jets was a B-side to Candle In The Wind when it was released back in 1973 and was spelled "Benny". In 1976 the song was released as an A-Side single in the UK.

The track appears on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. Elton John was initially against releasing this as a single because he expected it to fail. The song was a #1 in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning:No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use mainly downstrokes
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: Gmaj7, Fmaj7, Am, D7, G, Gdim, D, Em, C, C7
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2. Capt Fantastic

captain fantastic guitar lesson

Captain Fantastic is a track from the Captain Fantastic & The Dirty Brown Cowboy album of 1975. The title is referring to Elton as the captain and Bernie Taupin as the Dirty Brown Cowboy.

This song was not released as a single from the album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes  little
  • Chords: G, C, Em, G6, D, Cm, A#, F, Am, Dm
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3. Country Comfort

country comfort guitar lesson

Country Comfort was a single release from the "Tumbleweed Connection" album in 1970.

The song only charted in New Zealand at #15.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, F, C, Am, D7, Eb
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4. Crocodile Rock

crocodile rock guitar lesson

Crocodile Rock was a break-through song of sorts for Elton John in 1972 as this one reached #1 in several countries including Canada, New Zealand Switzerland and the US.

It was also a top 10 in several other countries including the UK where it peaked at #5. The song hails from the album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: You can use a steady up and down or use downstrokes or down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Em, C, D, Bm, Em, A, E7
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5. Daniel

daniel guitar lesson

Daniel was released in 1973 and also managed a #1 in Canada and the US and reaching the top 10 in many counties. In the UK Daniel peaked at #4.

The one can be found on the "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up will work
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, G, Dm, Am, E7, Ab, A7
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6. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

dont let the sun go down on me guitar lesson

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me was a #1 in Canada and a #2 in the US on it's initial release. The song charted again in the 1991 when Elton and George Michael did a duet and took the song to #1 several countries and a top 10 in several others.

This song is initially from the Caribou album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down down up down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, C/A#, Am, F, G, D7, Dm7, Em, G#
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7. Empty Garden

empty garden guitar lesson

Empty Garden is a tribute song to John Lennon that was written 15 months after his death and was released as a single in 1982.

The song reached #8 in Canada, #13 in the US and #51 in the UK. The single is from the "Jump Up" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Gsus, G, D, A, Bm, Em, D7
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8. Friends

friends guitar lesson

Friends was a 1971 single release from the album "Elton John" and was co-written with Bernie Taupin. It was the title track in the movie "Friends" starring Sean Bury.

This song hit #34 in the US ON Billboard and #17 on the Cash Box chart. It Canada it reached #13.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up and then use a steady up and down shuffle
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, A7, D, C, G, A7sus, G/C, F
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9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

goodbye yellow brick road guitar lesson

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the lead track from the 1973 album of the same name.

New Zealand and Canada give Elton a #1 hit. In the US it hit #2 and in the UK it peaked at #6.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A/Db, Bm, Bm/A, G , A7, Em, C, A#, F, Gm, Gb, B7
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10. Honky Cat

honky cat guitar lesson

Honky Cat was a big song for Elton John in 1972 from the album "Honky Chateau". 

It reached #6 in the US and #10 in Canada. It also hit #4 in New Zealand and managed a #31 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up  and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes a few riffs
  • Chords: D7, G, B7, E
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11. Mama Can't Buy You Love

mama cant buy you love guitar lesson

Mama Can't Buy You Love was a #1 hit in the US only when it hit the airwaves in 1979. It did reach #10 in Canada as well.

The track is from the album "The Complete Thom Bell Sessions".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down  - down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No just some descending bass into the rhythm
  • Chords: D, D/C, D/B, D/A#, G, Bm, D/Gb, Em., A, Gbm, Gmaj7, Bm/A
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12. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters

mona lisas and mad hatters guitar lesson

Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters is a song from the 1972 album "Honky Chateau" and is one of Elton's favourite songs.

I don't believe the song was ever released as a single but is a crowd pleaser.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, F, E7, Am, Am/G, Dm, G, A#, D7
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13. Nikita

nikita guitar lesson

Nikita was a monster hot Sir Elton in 1985. It was a #1 in several countries and a top 5 in several others.

The track is from the "Ice On Fire" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down down up down up down down and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Bm, C, G6#11(no3), D7sus, D7, D, F, A#, D#, G#, Cm, G6, Am7
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14. Philadelphia Freedom

philadelphia freedom guitar lesson

Philadelphia Freedom is from the 1974 album Elton John's Greatest Hits Vol II.

This one reached #1 in the US and #12 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, G, D, B, C, Gb, Bm, G7, A/Db, F, Dbm, B7, E, Db7, Gbm
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15. Runaway Train

runaway train guitar lesson

Runaway Train was a 1992 collaboration with Eric Clapton and can be found on the 1992 album "The One".

The track peaked at #31 in the UK and #10 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: a steady up and down shuffle
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Em, Am, B, C, B7, G, D
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16. Sacrifice

sacrifice guitar lesson

Sacrifice was a #1 in the UK but never charted anywhere else. Very bizarre, unless it was only released in the UK.

The song hails from the 1990 album Sleeping With The Past.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3- up down up down up where 1-2-3 are arpeggio notes within the chord
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Em, F, Dm, G, Am, Gsus
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17. Sad Songs

sad songs guitar lesson

Sad Songs was released in 1984 as a single from the album Breaking Hearts.

This one was a top 10 in several countries reaching #2 in the US and #7 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, F, G, C7, G7
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18. Sartorial Eloquence

sartorial eloquence guitar lesson

Sartorial Eloquence was a 1980 release from the album 21 at 33.

The song managed to peak at #44 in the UK and a #39 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down - down up down up ... and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, G, Dm, F, Gsus, Csus, Em, Fm, A7, G6
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19. Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting

saturday nights alright for fighting guitar lesson

Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting hails from Elton's 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The song reached #7 in the UK and #12 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, F, C, Dm, A#
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20. Someone Saved My Life Tonight

someone saved my life tonight guitar lesson

Someone Saved My Life Tonight was a single release in 1975 from the album Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy.

The song peaked at #22 in the UK and #4 in the US. It did reach #2 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, C/G, G6, F, Cm, A7, D, Am, B7, Am/G, Bm
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21. Something About The Way You Look Tonight

something about the way you look tonight guitar lesson

Something About The Way You Look Tonight along with Candle In The Wind became the highest selling single on the planet. Proceeds were give to Diana charities. 

The song hails from the album The Big Picture from 1997.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, A, D, Gb, Bm, Bm/A, Em, A7, B7, F
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22. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

sorry seems to be the hardest word guitar lesson

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word hails from the 1976 album Blue Moves.

The song hit #1 in the US and #11 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs in rhtyhm
  • Chords: Em/D, Em/Db, C, Em, Am, B7, D, G, Am, G/Gb, Em/F, A7
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23. Talking Old Soldiers

talking old soldiers guitar lesson

Talking Old Soldiers is a track from a 1970 album by Elton Called Tumbleweed Connections.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down down down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, Am/G, Fmaj7, E7sus, E7, D/Gb, D
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24. Teacher I Need You

teacher i need you guitar lesson

Teacher I Need You is from the 1973 album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player".

This song was never a single release but did garner quite a bit of airplay from DJ's and made it into a few tour set lists in 1973, 83 and 84. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, C, G, A, Gbm, Bm, Em, A7
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25. Tiny Dancer

tiny dancer guitar lesson

Tiny Dancer was a single release in 1972 from the album "Madman Across The Water".

The song reached #70 in the UK  and #35 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: just a few riffs
  • Chords: C, F, G, Am, Em, F, D7, G#, A#, Gm, Cm, G7, Dm
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