About Us
Learning Aids
Current Tablature
Tablature Archives

Bulletin Board

Comments To Share
Contact Us






We will be adding more tablature arrangements regularly... please visit again.


Each time a new file is posted in Current Tablature, the previous file is moved to "Archived tab files".

The Star-Spangled Banner

Words: Francis Scott Key
Music: Anachreon in Heaven
Arr: Merv Rowley, 2011

Every school child recognizes America's National Anthem, with lyrics by Francis Scott Key. Who was he, and when and where did this happen? It occurred during the night hours of September 13, 1814 during a war between England and the United States of America. Space does not permit the story of why the war began. This is described in the Historical Links below.

America's eastern coast had been blockaded by British warships, Much of the District of Columbia had been burned, and English ships were now surrounding the western edge of Chesapeake Bay , with guns trained upon Fort Mc Henry, which guarded the City of Baltimore, Maryland. Francis Scott Key, an American lawyer, poet and composer had boarded one of the ships to negotiate an exchange of prisoners with the British. While aboard, the British began heavy bombardment of the Fort throughout the hours from sundown until dawn. The fort flew a huge American flag, some fifty feet in length, and displaying 15 stars on its blue field. The flag was so huge (about half the size of a basketball court) that Mary had to use the floor of a nearby brewery just to lay it flat.Today that large flag is owned by the Smithsonian Institute. During the bombardment, not once did the fort move to lower the flag - which received only one hole. Dawn broke with bright sunlight revealing the proud flag, still unfurled.

Throughout the night, Key jotted down a record of what was happening, and by morning, he had finished a poem he called "Defence of Fort Mc Henry." In this poem, he referred to the flag as the "Star-Spangled Banner". This eventually became the song's name. As music, he chose an old British drinking song, called "Anachreon in Heaven".

Thus was born a new national anthem (replacing "Hail Columbia"...but not until many years later (1931) while Herbert Hoover served as our President. The song bespeaks the courage and tenacity of our troops against superior British strength. And, yes, we won the war!

Your 1-3-5 Team


Download files: 

Star-Spangled Banner.pdf

Star-Spangled Banner.MID

Star-Spangled Banner.tef

Historical Links:

States by Order of Entry into Union — Infoplease.com



  Click to go to the TablEdit website and download their free demo version

If you do not have the Tabledit program, please click on the TablEdit banner to download a free .tef reader program.  It includes the ability to play this song at a slower speed (great for learning). TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for fretted, stringed instruments.

  Click here to download a free version of Adobe Reader

Adobe® Reader® is a free software for viewing and printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

  Our PDF music files are produced from music created with Finale® notation software.


Our .MIDI music files are produced by TablEdit notation software.





This website is brought to you by Merv Rowley,
Ruth Randle, Elizabeth DiPietri, Suzanne Campling and Gail West
Please email gwest1955@aol.com with any website questions, broken links, etc.
Copyright © 2006 GMW MarketingPLUS