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Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem)
Folk Guitar Finger Style Accompaniment - Key of G

Here is a finger style accompaniment arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner that I have recorded. It’s pretty simple picking but might take some practice if you want to play and sing it at the same time.

There’s a simpler chord and melody arrangement that you might want to start with to familiarlize yourself with the chords.

"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.

 

 

 

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