Star Spangled Banner Piano
These arrangements of Star Spangled Banner for piano are perfect for learning to play the national anthem of the United States of America. There are also versions for trumpet, clarinet and flute.
The Star Spangled Banner has been the official national anthem of the USA since a resolution of Congress in 1931. The lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and the music was composed by John Stafford Smith.
It is quite a challenging piece of music to play on the piano as it has very wide melody range which requires considerable repositioning of the hands whilst playing it. It is very important to look at the fingering on the sheet music in order to be able to play the melody smoothly.
In addition, the harmony changes quite quickly and so separate practice of the left hand notes is required in order to be able to play the piece effectively.
Star Spangled Banner Easy Piano Sheet Music
I have kept the left hand part relatively simple in the easy piano version.
As mentioned, the wide melodic range and awkward leaps are challenging enough. I strongly suggest that you take the time to practice the right and left hands separately – patience in this aspect will definitely be rewarded in time.
Intermediate Sheet Music
The intermediate piano version is quite tricky at times.
I have added an extra harmony line to the right hand to bring out some of the beautiful progressions that the melody implies. The left hand notes of the intermediate Star Spangled Banner are also more developed than the easy version. Again, separate practice of the left and right hand notes will reap rewards!
Star Spangled Banner Flute
Here is a version of the Star Spangled Banner for flute and piano accompaniment:
I have produced this arrangement with the piano accompaniment playing the tune as well. This is so that it gives support to students who are starting out on the flute. The melody line can be removed from the piano part and the arrangement will still work. This will sound better as a performance if the flute player is confident enough to perform without the piano playing the tune.
Star Spangled Banner Trumpet and Clarinet
Here is a version for trumpet or clarinet in B flat:
The arrangement should work well for either trumpet or clarinet in B flat.
As with the flute arrangement, the top melody line from the right hand of the piano accompaniment can be omitted.