Guitar class is currently working on the elements of the Guitar SLO (Student Learning Objectives Test ).
1. Basic Note-reading and rhythm reading. We have covered quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, dotted half notes, and two beamed eighth notes as well as their corresponding rests or silences.
2. We are learning the basic elements of music: Staff, measure, bar line, double bar line, treble clef, time signature, and repeat sign.
We have had our pass-offs on D, G A7, D and A D, E7 A, as well as G C, D7 G.
Today we began the chord progression Am, Dm, E7, Am. We are learning two new strum patterns and a finger picking pattern. We also learned how to improvise a short melody given a set of pitches and worked in pairs to create 'Mini compositions'.
This week we will continue to work on our poster projects. Performances and mini-lessons will be next week. Click the link below to see the date each student's project is due:
Click the above link for the Guitar Rubric for our Poster Project due next week!
This week in guitar class we will be adding more vocabulary and chord progressions to our tool kit.
1. Our new chord progression is A, D, E7, A. We will continue to review D, G, A7, D.
2. Pass-off for the new chord progression will be Tuesday, September 1st.
The songs will we will add to our repertoire list are:
1. Get Back, but the Beatles (A, A7, D, A)
2. Amazing Grace (D, G, A7, D)
3. Here Comes the Sun (D, G, A7, E7)
4. I'm a Believer (D, G, A7, D)
We are also beginning to focus on our right hand, and starting to learn a few basic picking patterns.
Students are encouraged to purchase their own guitars, but are welcome to borrow a school guitar for a fee of $25.00. Please make the checks payable to Chattahoochee High School. Thank you!
This week in guitar class we will be focusing on:
1. Note Reading: We will learn the note names on the two highest strings, B, C, D, E, F, and G
2. We will continue to practice the chords D Major, G Major, and A7. We will also practice transitioning from E Major to A minor and C Major.
3. We will add a new chord C Major to our Chord Bank. By Friday, we will be able to play songs that have D, G, A7, E, Em, C, and Am and A Major
We have learned the following songs: Amazing Grace, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, and Hey Jude.
New songs for this week include: Viva la Vida, All of Me and Let It Be by the Beatles
PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: Thursday, September 10th
G, C, D7 G Four strums on each chord.
A performance assessment is a playing test, where the students perform one at a time for me. They are judged by how easily they change from one chord to the next, or how steady their beats are in the melody. They need to practice during class to get better, or at home, if they have their own guitar.
GREAT JOB ON THE POSTER PROJECTS!!! I was really impressed with the well-researched songs and interesting presentations. Thank you for putting so much effort into the project!
Guitar Class is learning Dm and Bm this week. We continually add new songs to our repertoire. The last few hits are Blank Space by Taylor Swift and Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.
And yes, Simone, I promise to do some Ed Shearan soon. :)
We are also preparing daily for our last SLO exam which is TUESDAY, May 5th. We are learning Note Names, Musical Symbols, Chord Charts, and how to read Tablature (TABS). Please be sure you are IN SCHOOL on May 5th to take you final SLO Exam.
Final Guitar Project:
A song book of 15 songs that they can play and perform. Scroll down and click on the links to see an outline of the unit and the GRADING RUBRIC for our last big project.
The guitars and cases have arrived! On Tuesday, we will be opening them up for the first time and learning about basic care and maintenance of a stringed instrument.
This week in Guitar Class:
Tuesday: Help Mrs. Gomez unpack the guitars and then clean up the orchestra room. Learn the parts of the guitar and their functions.
Wednesday: Learn the string names and some basic strum patterns, and basic notation vocabulary.
Thursday: Learn the E minor chord shape and E Major shape, and how to play a chromatic scale from low e to high e. Review the parts of the guitar for the quiz on Friday.
Friday: Quiz on the parts of the guitar and identification of string names. Begin Unit 2.
Classical Guitar, Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, EADGBE string names. Neck, body, fretboard, frets, nut, saddle, bridge, pick-guard, sound hole, tuning pegs, head, tuner, chromatic scale, treble clef, note names, strum symbol.
Welcome to Mrs. Gomez's Guitar Class at Chattahoochee High School! Congratulations for finding my blog!
Your assignment for tomorrow is to
1. Fill out the information form on the homepage of this website and click "Submit".
2. Memorize the names of the guitar strings from thickest to thinnest: E A D G B E
3. Brag to everyone that you are now taking a guitar class, and will hence be the next TEEN IDOL ROCKSTAR!!!
Here are some few Frequently Asked Questions...
Q. How do I get a guitar?
A. The school has some for you to use, while supplies last, but I won't let you take one home. It's best for you to get your own. I will keep your guitar safe and locked up while you are not in guitar class. You'll learn about which guitar is right for you in the first few classes.
Q. Is there a lot of homework in this class?
A. Not written work, but you will need to spend some time practicing. There are worksheets, written quizzes, and exams. But the bulk of our time will be spent playing guitar.
Q. Will we learn how to read music or play by ear?
A. Both! You will learn the fundamentals of music and we will play gorgeous classical music, but you will also learn chords and strumming, so you can play songs you enjoy, ie bands like One Direction and Fun.
See you tomorrow!!!