March, March, March

Today’s tune, Constitution March, is a fun tune that I notated in the key of C. I have found it more commonly done in D. One interesting tidbit I discovered is that it is also almost identical to  a tune named Clare’s Dragoon. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

“dragoon, in late 16th-century Europe, a mounted soldier who fought as a light cavalryman on attack and as a dismounted infantryman on defense. The terms derived from his weapon, a species of carbine or short musket called the dragoon. Dragoons were organized not in squadrons but in companies, and their officers and noncommissioned officers bore infantry titles. From the early wars of Frederick II the Great of Prussia in the 18th century, dragoon has referred to medium cavalry. The light cavalry of the British army in the 18th and early 19th centuries was for the most part called light dragoon. In the 20th century, dragoon regiments were converted to armoured formations; the French army also reorganized some dragoon regiments as motorized infantry (dragons portés).”

So, both titles refer to soldiers and marching! Either way, here is the PDF with guitar TAB and notation.

Constitution March – Gtr TAB

Here is a video of the tune for practice.

Be sure to pick your guitar and try this one out. The key of C should be a nice change of pace from the standard D and G tunes!


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