America is having a party today!
On this day we celebrate our Independence from the British and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
It's the biggest Birthday party in the country, and is celebrated in every city, town, and neighborhood across the nation.
No doubt, music is a part of almost every single celebration event. And we're not talking just large-scale concerts...this includes those intimate backyard cookouts with friends and family. They are the best!
This past month, I have focused my Live Stream events on several different patriotic pieces that are pretty easy to learn, and these tutorials take you through each step to help you learn them quickly.
In case you happened to miss them, or are a new student and/or subscriber, I wanted to put them all together here for you to access easily and pick one or even more that you can learn and play at your own special July 4th celebration today!
The Star Spangled Banner
Our country's National Anthem was written in September of 1814, by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed the British bomb Fort McHenry in Baltimore. The sight of the American Flag flying high after victory inspired Key to first write the lyrics of this song as a poem. Later it was paired with music and was established as our National Anthem in 1931 under President Herbert Hoover.
Watch this tutorial on how to play the Star Spangle Banner!
Born in The USA
What 4th of July celebration would be complete without adding Bruce Springsteen's "Born in The USA" to the playlist! A native of New Jersey, Springsteen began playing the guitar at age 7, and notes Elvis Pressley, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles as his main influences in his early years.
This song was released in 1984 at the highlight of his career and is a favorite for many that he actually still performs today.
Take a look at this easy tutorial to learn how to play "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen!
America the Beautiful
Not only do we celebrate her freedom, we also cherish her beauty.
One of the most famous songs written about just this concept, is "America the Beautiful", which was written by Katherine Lee Bates, and composed by Samuel A. Ward. Although the lyrics and music were created separately, they eventually paired up in 1910 in the first publication of this piece.
This is a fun and easy tune to learn and play with your family and friends as they sing along. Check out this great tutorial...and start the video at the 8:40 mark.
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Last but not least, the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" has been a part of patriotic celebrations since the late 1800's.
Written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861, this one song of all the most popular patriotic songs, is used the most at Republican and Democrat Conventions, as well as being sung at Presidential Inaugurations.
This easy tutorial will teach you how to play this great song in no time!
I hope you enjoy these tutorials that will help you celebrate this 4th in your own special way! You should be able to add some special music to those fireworks now!
Make sure to check out my YouTube page where I have organized the playlists from many of my other LiveStream free events for easy access!
Stay tuned to LessonsOnTheWeb to learn much more!
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