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  • Uh-oh. Was asked to learn and play the national anthem..

    and have it ready to play for Saturday morning. Gymnastics competition with thousands of people, and my singer (who is singing the anthem) decides at last second he wants me to play acoustic guitar accompaniment with him.

    I want to make sure I do it well and give the song the respect it deserves.

    Anyone have any tips on what sort of arrangement would work well in this situation?
    Its going to be a busy next few days while I learn this one!
    I love guitars!

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    It

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    • #3
      show up with your Guitar Hero controller around your neck and then act all surprised like "what dude? what?" when they all freak out.

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      • #4
        sigh.

        If I get just one useful reply it will be a refreshing deviation from the norm.
        I love guitars!

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        • #5
          Keep it simple. People will be focusing on the singer so just try to hit the chord changes and keep a simple rhythm.

          Maybe play some harmony's with the vocals on the top of your chords near the end to build it up a bit.
          Listen...

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            http://guitar.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://zepperfan.tripod.com/star_spangled_banner.txt

            http://www.tabguitarlessons.com/T/traditional/star_spangled_banner.crd.htm

            not sure if either are accurate, quick googly searchage provided these
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            • #7
              Play Jimi Hendrix version.
              I've got a Rolls Royce cos it's good for my voice...

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              • #8
                sigh.

                If I get just one useful reply it will be a refreshing deviation from the norm.


                sad, but true...

                but as jpnyc says it's not that hard, just need to memorize and practice...

                i used to know it, but i forgot
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                • #9
                  its not the difficulty of the song. its whether or not i should strum the chords or play individual notes. deciding on what would sound best as a duet.

                  And yes I'm aware of tab and google. That was not what I was asking.
                  I love guitars!

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                  • #10
                    its not the difficulty of the song. its whether or not i should strum the chords or play individual notes. deciding on what would sound best as a duet.

                    And yes I'm aware of tab and google. That was not what I was asking.


                    Hit the big chord changes and accentuate the rhythm with walking notes. As I said earlier it might be nice to add some harmony to the melody during the 'dramatic' parts.
                    Listen...

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                    • #11
                      its not the difficulty of the song. its whether or not i should strum the chords or play individual notes. deciding on what would sound best as a duet.

                      And yes I'm aware of tab and google. That was not what I was asking.


                      oops, i misunderstood... sorry...

                      i personally think single notes with a little chorus would sound best, but that's just my opinion...
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                      • #12
                        Which one?

                        Just kidding - good luck for the gig.
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                        • #13
                          Play Jimi Hendrix version.


                          Nah, that's a little tired.

                          Since you have a singer, how about an acoustic version?
                          A 12 string would be nice.
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                          • #14
                            If my favorite singer in the world offered me $1000 to accompany them on guitar while they sing the National Anthem on live TV at the start of the Superbowl, I'd probably still say "no."

                            That song is best without accompaniment.

                            If you must do it, less is definitely more. Chord changes only.

                            And for the love of all that is good, don't try to Hendrix it up. Everybody who tries ends up merely reminding everybody listening that they are NOT Jimi Hendrix.
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                            • #15
                              *puts on flame-retardant poncho* I have to say I've never been a big fan of our national anthem as a piece of music because, as jpnyc said, it really WAS a drinking song. A drinking song designed to make one's voice crack and warble. I can't sing worth a damn and so I can't sing it, but I've heard even well-trained pros say it is just HARD to sing well. And I know we've seen it sung badly. No problem with the words, just wish they had picked a different tune ....

                              Sorry, pet peeve ....
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