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The Star Spangled Banner Electrified

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We will learn the tune to "The Star spangled Banner" as a single note melody in E major.

It is in 3/4 time, meaning we will count 1, 2, 3 and repeat. There is an incomplete pickup measure of two notes on one beat. Most of the melody is very simple rhythmically. But there are a few places we have to play dotted eighth note and sixteenth notes. If you are aren't familiar with these rhythmic subdivisions, don't worry! Just listen and play along!

Because we are using an overdriven tone in this arrangement, we want to be very careful to mute everything except the one note that we want to let ring at any point. So, there is a lot of muting we have to accomplish! Hit one note, let is ring, then mute it so it stops ringing. Then hit the next note! There are also a lot of places to bend and trill. Take you time to get all these separate little techniques down before trying to play the whole thing all the way through.

When you are first learning any tune, it's okay to just play the notes out of time in order to get used to the physical placement of your fingers.

But eventually it is very good practice to mute all but one note at a time. It's helps single note melodies like this one sound much more clear, clean and musical.

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