Web learnclassicalguitar.com

Beginner Guitar 7

When The Saints Go Marching In

Beginner Guitar 7 - The focus of this lesson is holding the note. Yep that's right! It's a skill you actually need if you want to maximize your performance and play in a musical fashion. Luckily, you can focus on this skill because you almost certainly will know the music, the famous "When the Saints Go Marching In". This tune has probably been around since the American Civil War or even before since it is an American gospel hymn.  Indeed, the famous Louis Armstrong recorded the tune with his jazz band in the 1930's and popularized it for evermore. But I digress...

Get the 'Music Notation Primer' just for joining the LearnClassicalGuitar Resources newsletter...

Whether you're a beginner, or have some experience playing classical guitar, the regular sheet music in both notation & TAB will improve your skills and technique QUICKLY !

You see, to carry a melody and have it play an integral part of the overall performance you need to hold certain notes either in melody or, more importantly, in the harmony. We start by practicing it in a relatively easy melody form so that we can concentrate and focus on the skill. When we have then "absorbed" that into our repertoire of skills we move on to performing it in harder pieces.

So, not only do we have a higher number of longer notes i.e. half notes and whole notes but we also have notes tied over the bar e.g. bars 2 to 3, 4 to 5, 8 to 9, 12 to 13 and 16 to 17 (bar 1 is the anacrusis). That is, because the first beat of the bar is a rest, it makes the next three notes a "lead-in" to the next bar where the first beat of the bar is now stronger. If you count it out loud you can actually feel it....2, 3, 4, 1... So those high G notes are quite strong in comparison to the other notes.

Another skill we need to develop is the ability to be able to cross strings. That is if you look at bar one we play on 2 different strings in successive notes. To be able to do this effectively and smoothly we need to practice this skill again in simplified form before we move on to more difficult pieces. This piece is excellent for that.

I hope you enjoy your lesson!

Go here to view the Beginner Guitar 7 - When the Saints Go Marching In for classical guitar on YouTube...

End of Beginner Guitar 7

That's it for Beginner Guitar 7.

The previous lesson was...

Lesson #6 - The Drunken Sailor...

The next lesson is...

Lesson #8 - The Ash Grove...

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.


A Bit About Me...

Welcome to LCG! I'm Trevor Maurice, owner of this site. I hope you find inspiration in these pages to help you with  your journey of learning to play the classical guitar. You can read more of my story here...

Classical Guitar
Blog Posts

Andrés Segovia Documentary


Andrés Segovia Plays Bach, Sor, and Torroba in Classic Old Video


Andrés Segovia: Guitar Concerto N°1, Op.99 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


J. S. BACH, Prelude, Bourrée BWV 996, Narciso YEPES, 10-string guitar


Sons de Carrillhoes, performed by Samantha C. Wells...


* J.S. BACH, Sarabande BWV 995, Viktor VAN NIEKERK, 10-String Guitar, classical guitar...


 * Robert de Visee - Petit Menuet (8 string guitar)...


Manuel Ponce - Scherzino Mexicano...


Segovia plays Bach's Chaconne (Read along)...



  • Classical Guitar Lessons
  • Beginner Classical Guitar Lessons
  • Classical Guitarists Bio's
  • Classical Guitar Composer Bio's
  • Classical Guitar Technique Instruction
  • Classical Guitar History Timeline
  • Tablature for Classical Guitar