Tonight I am "leading" the USA national anthem -- The Star Spangled Banner -- with my violin. There will be a single singer who will, for all intents and purposes, actually lead, but I will accompany. I will probably be un-amplified, or, if amplified, with a mic on a stand. I have done it before, but I would like to be a little more of an expert on it this time;
- What key is it traditionally played in? (I figure the singer will have an opinion, but on the other hand, she'll follow me anyway and may not know the difference...)
Should I play melody or fool around a little? (I'm improvising, no sheet music... (unless you have any suggestions))
Any other random little things I should know about playing for a large group to sing.