The Star Spangled Banner Guitar Lesson – National Anthem

In this Star Spangled Banner guitar lesson video, I will show you note-for-note how to play my version of what seems to be almost a rite-of-passage for guitar players to play ever since Jimi Hendrix did his version of it at Woodstock.

In my version, I stay with the melody without trying to add to much extra stuff in there. That isn't to say that I don't throw some fun guitar techniques in there though. 🙂

As it progresses, things get a little bit flashier on the technical side of things, but it is still pretty doable for most intermediate guitarists and above.

I have included TAB for this lesson below.

The Star Spangled Banner Guitar TAB PDF Download

This version is in standard tuning and played in the key of E major.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this classic melody no matter what country you are from!


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The Star Spangled Banner Guitar Lesson - National Anthem


  1. Daniel Schram on April 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Awesome! Thank you, Carl!

  2. Ben Wasson on May 11, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Cool dude!

  3. Raymond Mason on April 10, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Very well Done

  4. Robert H Pearson on May 6, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Trying to find Boston man i’ll never be, I thought i say you teaching it but not been able to find it. Will you help me if you have it?

  5. Danny on October 31, 2021 at 10:21 am

    How do you tune the guitar to sound like that I’m new to playing

    • Carl Brown on November 25, 2021 at 8:33 am

      This one is just standard tuning. That is, starting from the 6th string, E A D G B E.

  6. Scott on March 18, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Just came across your video! Thank you!!!

  7. Alex on May 16, 2022 at 7:27 pm


  8. Tom on August 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Have been in a band about 8 years lots of fun. Also Lots Of Drama!! just quit and learning new things. Been learning your star spangle banner. Thanks

  9. Derrick on January 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    What effects are you using for the tone?

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