This is a simple guitar arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner to help you learn to play it. There are two lines of tablature. The top line contains the melody of the song and
for the bottom tablature line I’ve included only a strum at each chord change or at the beginning of each measure.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key and is the national anthem of the United States of America. Key, a 35-year-old lawyer and
amateur poet, wrote it after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, by British ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.
Set to the
tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a popular English song, it became well-known as an American patriotic song. It was recognized for official use by the United States
Navy (1889) and the White House (1916), and was made the national anthem by a Congressional resolution on 3 March 1931. Although the song has four verses, only the first is
commonly sung today.
There are two different videos below. The one on the left contains all of the tablature in a scrolling form. The one on the right contains the lyrics and chords.