Look Over My Shoulder While I Show You
How to Play & Arrange All 8 of These Great
"American Patriotic Songs!"
Dear fellow piano player:
This is my invitation to you to look
over my shoulder and learn some of the great American
patriotic songs. In this two-hour DVD course we will learn to play
eight great American songs in a wide variety of
All the songs we cover are in the
book you get with the course, and we'll start
out by playing the sheet music just like it is written, then little by little
we'll add some different chords and color-tones and passing tones and some runs
and fills and lots of other techniques until we have created a wonderful,
full-sounding arrangement of each of them!
Here are the songs you will learn to play:
"America the Beautiful"
which is also called the national hymn of the United States by
many people, started as a poem. Katherine Lee Bates, an English professor from
Wellsely college, was the person who penned the original poem that later became
the song. In 1893 she was on a long train ride to Colorado. As she watched the
beauty of our country pass by her window she was inspired to right the poem. The
story of Katherine and her poem states that she did not write the poem until she
made a visit to Pike's Peak, at which time she was awestruck by the view of the
land below her. It is said that she wrote the poem as soon as she returned to
her hotel. If you visit Pike's Peak you will find that there is a plaque on top
of the mountain commemorating Ms. Bates and the composition of her poem.
"The Star Spangled Banner"
which was a poem written by Francis Scott Key would eventually go on to
become the National Anthem of the United States of America. Key was not known as
a poet or someone with a literary bent of mind until he witnessed the bombarding
of Fort McHenry in 1812 by the British Royal Navy in Chesapeake Bay. It was his
experience of witnessing the crumbling of the port to the severe brutality of
the British ships amidst which an American flag (a small storm flag to be
precise with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes) was seen flying atop the fort.
Unaware of the fate of the battle, Francis envisioned of American victory
symbolized by the flying flag, which came to be known as the Star Spangled
"The Battle Hymn of The Republic",
like many old songs that sprung during the Civil War of America, started out as
a tune sung by soldiers as they marched. The original song went by the names of
Say, Brother, Will You Meet Me and Canaan's Happy Shore. The original tune was
composed by William Steffe back in 1856, just a few five years before the break
of the Civil War. The song spread all across the United States and became one of
the most widely sung songs around campfires and during marches. The change that
turned this song into the Battle Hymn of the Republic occurred during the early
years of the war and most of the lyrical shifts were brought about by the
Union's intention to abolish slavery across the nation of the United States.
"My Country 'Tis of Thee",
sometimes known as "America", is a patriotic song about the United States of
America. The song's lyrics were written by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith and set
to the melody of the British national anthem. The song remains a very important
part of the history of the United States. fter the attacks on the World Trade
Center on September 11th, Crosby, Stills & Nash did their version of the song on
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on the next episode after the tragedy. When
President Obama was inaugurated in January of 2009 Aretha Franklin performed the
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
was published in 1863. This was written as a motivational song. It was used by
both sides in the American civil war. Both soldiers of the North and the South
dreamed of the lyrics in this tune. Songs like this were what kept up soldier
morale. It was not so much the cause as it was the motivation to go home to
loved ones, which kept these heroes marching on.
"She's a grand old Flag"
In 1906 George M. Cohan found himself standing next to a civil war veteran of
the Battle of Gettysburg. He noticed that this man was holding a neatly-folded
American flag but that was a bit scruffy looking. The veteran said to him,
"She's a grand old rag". This line triggered an idea in Cohan's brain and he
wrote a song using this line. But he faced consternation from people. This was
due to the term 'rag'. People felt that this term was an insult to the Stripes
and the Stars and they want it to be taken off from the lyrics. Hence, Cohan
changed the term to 'flag' from 'rag', and the rest, as its said, is an American
"I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy"
was written in the early 1900's also by George M. Cohan. Cohan wrote the song
for the Broadway musical Little Johnny Jones. The musical opened in 1904 at the
Liberty Theater. Both the show and the song were immediate hits. The song made
significant reference to the civil war terms of Yankee for the North, and Dixie
for the south. This is a part of American history which was still fresh at the
time of the tunes creation. This was another aspect which gained the song such
is a well-known Anglo-American song, the origin of which dates back to the Seven
Years' War. It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the
state anthem of Connecticut.
You are going to LOVE IT! So order now!
DVD covering all 8
"American Patriotic Songs"
plus book containing the printed music for the 8
songs - just
P.S. By the way, as you learn to play each of
these songs you will begin to understand the form of each song - the
"musical guts" of the song. That's a HUGE advantage, because by
learning to understand the form behind each song you can then apply what you
know to any other song you want to play!
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