Lesson 1: Star Spangled Banner In C F & G
The Star Spangled Banner starts out with a nice stretched-out fingerposition, and proceeds to move your hands around, offers occasionalblack notes, and is simply a great tune for the developing beginner atthe piano.
Instructions for learning a piece on the piano:
-play each line with right hand until it is easy and/or memorized.
-play each line with left hand until it is easy and/or memorized.
-play each line with both hands until it is easy and/or memorized.
-stringthe lines together until you can play the whole piece. Keep it slowuntil you are comfortable and familiar with it. Then, start playing itfaster, working up to an appropriate tempo for that piece.
-Regardless of tempo, relax your arms & shoulders and keep it smooth and flowing.
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The Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music For Piano
This page features five versions of The Star Spangled Banner for beginner to more advanced pianists. The first version features the melody in just the right hand. Version 2 trades sections of the melody back and forth between right hand and left hand. Version 3 places the melody in the right hand, with a simple, single-line accompaniment in the left. Version 4 features a slightly more involved accompaniment, and version 5 includes a more intricate accompaniment with chords. Select one of the images below for a free, printable PDF of the song.
If you would like to see the melody with the chords, and learn more about the history of the song, visit the main lead sheet for The Star Spangled Banner page. It includes arrangements in seven keys, as well as links to versions for band and string instruments.
If you would like to play the piece in a different key with transposing instruments, see the explanation of transposition.
Lyrics For ‘star Spangled Banner’
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:’Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly sworeThat the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,A home and a country should leave us no more!Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.No refuge could save the hireling and slaveFrom the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved home and the war’s desolation!Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued landPraise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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Star Spangled Banner Flute
Here is a version of the Star Spangled Banner for flute and piano accompaniment: I have produced this arrangement with the piano accompaniment playing the tune as well. This is so that it gives support to students who are starting out on the flute. The melody line can be removed from the piano part and the arrangement will still work. This will sound better as a performance if the flute player is confident enough to perform without the piano playing the tune.
Star Spangled Banner Trumpet and Clarinet
Here is a version for trumpet or clarinet in B flat: The arrangement should work well for either trumpet or clarinet in B flat. As with the flute arrangement, the top melody line from the right hand of the piano accompaniment can be omitted.
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Star Spangled Banner Piano
These arrangements of Star Spangled Banner for piano are perfect for learning to play the national anthem of the United States of America. There are also versions for trumpet, clarinet and flute.
The Star Spangled Banner has been the official national anthem of the USA since a resolution of Congress in 1931. The lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and the music was composed by John Stafford Smith. It is quite a challenging piece of music to play on the piano as it has very wide melody range which requires considerable repositioning of the hands whilst playing it. It is very important to look at the fingering on the sheet music in order to be able to play the melody smoothly. In addition, the harmony changes quite quickly and so separate practice of the left hand notes is required in order to be able to play the piece effectively.
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