When the Saints Go Marching In

Spiritual
First recorded in 1923
Unknown originator

First verse:
Oh, when the saints go marching in / Oh, when the saints go marching in / Oh Lord I want to be in that number / When the saints go marching in.

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When the Saints Go Marching In - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

"When the Saints Go Marching In" has no known originator, but is became popular in the early 1900s and one of the most famous recordings was done by Louis Armstrong in 1938. Although the song was originally a Christian hymn it has become more associated with gospel and big band jazz.

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Tips on how to learn this song

This guitar version must be considering easy with the whole melody being played on only two strings. Many strings are played open and the hand can stay in first position (covering the first four frets) throughout the song.

The song has a typical 16 bars structure (plus the opening pick-up bar). You should observe some patterns that will help you memorizing the melody, such as the similarities between the 5-8 and 13-16 bars. Finally, the notes in the tablature put in parentheses should not be played (these only indicates that the note value of the previous note is extended).

Lyrics and chords

When the Saints Go Marching In chords in the key of G Oh, when the (G)saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching (D7)in
Oh Lord I (G)want to be in that (C)number
when the (G)saints go (D7)marching (G)in

When the Saints Go Marching In chords in the key of FOh, when the (F)saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching (C7)in
Oh Lord I (F)want to be in that (Bb)number
when the (F)saints go (C7)marching (F)in

There are possibilities to change to key further by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put (based on the chords in the G major version):

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "When the Saints Go Marching In" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

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KEY

The presented version of When the Saints Go Marching In is played in the key of G.

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Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure)

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 190 for the presented version.

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