When The Saints Go Marching In

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To play this song you have to be able to read the Thin E string & B string.

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This song is a bit more difficult with timing. Before the first note played there is quarter note rest, this means that you don’t play anything for one beat, then the song starts on the second beat. In bar nine there is a half note rest, nothing is played for two beat and you start playing on the third beat. Bar ten has a doted half note in it, remember when you dot a note you add on half the value of that note, so the first note in bar ten is played for three beats.

To help you with your timing try counting the beats in groups of four. For example in the 1st bar you would count "1, 2, 3, 4 " and you would start playing the first note "C" on the 2nd count. In the 2nd bar you would count "1, 2, 3, 4 " and you would play the "G" note on the 1st beat and let it ring out for the entire 4 beats. Make sure that when you're counting you count the four beats in succession one bar after the other, eg. "1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 & so on..."

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There is also another way to count beats and bars when you're playing. It's a little bit more difficult, but if you can ge the hang of it, it does help. First of all you'd start with the 1st count being 1. This is number 1, first bar also number 1 first count, so it's |1, 2, 3, 4 |. Then when you get to the 2nd bar you'll say 2 as the second bar, so it will sound like this |2, 2, 3, 4 |. Then when you get to the 3rd bar you'll start counting with a 3, this represents the 3rd bar |3, 2, 3, 4 |. So counting 4 bars using this method, you would count like this |1, 2, 3, 4 |2, 2, 3, 4 |3, 2, 3, 4 |4, 2, 3, 4 |. This gives you an idea of what bar you're at and also what beat. Like I said, it's a little bit more difficult, but if you can get the hang of it, it does help.

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