Star Spangled Banner on guitar
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My group has been selected to perform at a state convention for rural school administrators and they’ve asked if we can play the Star Spangled Banner. I’ve got 13 high school 1st year guitar players in my ensemble (new program). Is there such thing as an “easy” guitar ensemble version. I’ve not found much… any ideas would be wonderful.
At the end of the Essential Elements and H.O.T. book one is a nots and chords version of the Star Spangled Banner. Half of the group could strum/finger pick the chords while the others play the notes.
Other options would be to take an easy SSA vocal arrangement and go from there.
The Star Spangled Banner is also in the Hal Leonard guitar method as melody and chords.
I arranged the Star Spangled Banner for the New Mexico All-State Guitar Ensemble, and it has been performed at those concerts for the last five years. It is not an easy arrangement, though. I will be happy to send it to you, I have a PDF file of it. Let me know if you would be interested!
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Just found this http://www.jwpepper.com/The-Star-Spangled-Banner/10354495.item#.UtAi9ihpbpA on J.W. Peppers site while looking for ensembles for solo and ensemble contest. Looks like a decent arrangement and could be a great teaching tool for 5/7th position.
From what I understand, the arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner in this YouTube video
is found in this classroom guitar method book by Cathy Ellis –
Hope this helps.
The arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner that I wrote to be performed at our state music convention (PMEA) is not easy; there are some sections in 9th position. On the other hand, it is in the key of A, making it suitable for use as a vocal accompaniment.
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