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The Star Spangled Banner | Harmonica Lesson & Tabs

This is a diatonic harmonica lesson for the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. I hope you enjoy it!

The tab system

The song is tabbed out for diatonic harmonica (in any key). The symbols I use are pretty basic - positive numbers are blow, negative numbers are draw.



6 5 4 5 6 7 8 -8 7 5 -5 6

Oh-oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light


6 6 8 -8 7 -7 -6 -7 7 7 6 5 4

Who so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming

6 5 4 5 6 7 8 -8 7 5 -5 6

Whose broad stripes & bright stars through the perilous fight

6 6 8 -8 7 -7 -6 -7 7 7 6 5 4

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming


8 8 8 -9 9 9 -9 8 -8 8 -9 -9

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air


-9 8 -8 7 -7 -6 -7 7 5 -5 6

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there


6 7 7 7 -7 -6 -6 -6 -8 -9 8 -8 7 7 -7

O say does tha-at star-spangled ba-nne-er ye-et wa-ve


6 6 7 -8 8 -9 9 7 -8 8 -9 -8 7

O'er the la-and of the free and the home of the brave.


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