To simplify learning a melody, focus on its phrases. This will give your performance continuity and will help the listener follow the music.
And since the 4th of July is around the corner, what better material to use for the Rock Prodigy Blog than The Star-Spangled Banner? Think of it as having two sections: The A section and a B section.
The A section has four phrases in it and the B section has seven. This is a great song for getting to know the notes in the major scale. This version is in the key of C. Also, there is one accidental in the melody. We’ll point it out later. Let’s go over each phrase.
Phrase 1: “Statement”
This first phrase outlines a C chord.
Phrase 2: Transition
The second phrase is the phrase with the accidental. It’s the 4th fret of the D string. Which is an F# and is not in the key of C. Normally you would play F natural on the 3rd fret. The reason for adding this note is because it is a leading tone into the G note. This gives the melody more forward motion.
Phrase 3: Transformation
This is a great phrase to add a trill between the 4th and 5th fret of the G string. This phrase leaves you wanting more…
Phrase 4: Resolution
…and now we have our resolution!
Next you repeat all four phrases of the A section before moving on to the B section.
We’ve added two free versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to Rock Prodigy. Try the free Rock Prodigy demo on your Mac, iPad or PC and then go to the songs tab to try it out.
You can take a listen and download the song here: