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Anchors Aweigh 




A. H. Miles, R. Lovell & Lt. Zimmerman - 1906/1926

Arr: John Sackenheim ©2007


            Unlike previous tablature selections we have offered here, this one is a well-known military marching song, written in 1906 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis MD. It began as an inspiring football marching song, to be played by the Naval Academy Band during half-time periods, particularly against the Army team. It later evolved, with revised verses, to become the official song of the U.S. Navy, as it is played and sung today. The historical links below detail the names and identities of the composer and those who furnished the lyrics.


            The arranger of this music is John Sackenheim, one of the original founders of this 1-3-5 website, who is fast-becoming a skilled dulcimer performer, workshop leader, arranger of dulcimer music and recording artist. John is a U.S. Navy veteran, so his choice of Anchors Aweigh is quite understandable.


            The music of the second page, beginning with measure 19, is a fanfare interlude between verses, usually played vigorously by brass instruments and drums. This can be heard on some of the historical links attached below. The dulcimer is challenged here, particularly by the runs of sixteenth-notes in measures 20 and 22. Alternate ways of playing these notes are by a continuous "slide", "hammer-ons" flat-picking the individual notes, or a combination of these, according to personal choice and preference.




To "weigh anchor" is to bring the anchor aboard a vessel in preparation for departure. The phrase anchor's aweigh is an acknowledgment to the commander that the anchor is clear of the sea bottom and the ship is officially underway. This event is duly noted in the ship's log.


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