This week, I assigned a short research and writing task. Instructions are attached below. If you didn't not turn it in yet, please get it to me via email asap. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also did an in-class reflection on the past LP that will act as your sample for LP 4. The reflection form is attached below. If you were absent both days this past week, please complete the reflection and turn it in to me (or put it in my inbox if you cannot find me).
Students are responsible for choosing a song that they would like to learn on guitar. You can choose any song you like that is within your range of ability. If you cannot think of one, here is a list of beginner and intermediate songs that you may choose from:
In today's class, we continued working with the chord sheet I handed out last class.
Once you are comfortable with the E minor (Em) chord, try the Am, C, and G chords.
When trying a new chord, strum the chord first; then, while holding the chord shape, pluck each string individually to make sure you are getting a clear tone from each string.
Some troubleshooting tips:
1. Arch your fingers so that they are coming straight down onto the strings and frets (to avoid muting strings with the backs of your fingers)
2. Keep your fingers near the front of the fret you are pressing on (to avoid buzzing sounds).
3. Make sure the neck of your guitar is not resting too heavily on your palm (to avoid muting the high E string).
Today is the day!!! We received our guitars from our Donors Choose fundraiser!
We began class by checking out guitars to pairs of students in need of class guitars.
Then, we got our guitars in tune using a phone app called "Guitar Tuna." If you have a smartphone and have not yet downloaded this app, please do so.
Next, I handed out a sheet of care instructions and a liability agreement for those checking out guitars. it is attached below.
Lastly, I handed out a chord chart, and we began working on the E minor (Em) chord. The chord chart is attached below as well.
Please practice this chord over the weekend. If you want to try another chord, give the A minor (Am) a go.
In today's class, we took the guitar components test. Then, we corrected the test as a class. If you were absent, please set up a time with me to make up the test.
Afterward, we listened to several pieces of music illustrating different styles of guitar playing.
In today's class, we discussed the following questions:
-What makes good music good?
-What makes bad music bad?
(In terms of quality)
Then, we listened to pieces of music of varying quality and discussed the strong and weak points of each. At the end of class, I gave time to study for the upcoming test. Your only homework is to be ready for the guitar component test next class.
In today's class, we took our first music vocabulary test. Then, we corrected the test in class and handed them in. If you were not here for the test, please let me know.
Next, we listened to several pieces of music exhibiting different styles of guitar playing. Finally, I handed out the study sheet for our next test on the components of the guitar. It is attached below. The guitar component test will be on the first class meeting of next week.
We started today's class with an inspiring video on what music can bring to a community, even in dire conditions:
Then, we continued with the listening exercises from last class.
Your only homework is to study for the vocab test next class. The vocab list is available in Wednesday's class post.
We started class with some introductions.
Then, we began a series of listening and writing exercises focused on different styles of guitar playing. See the attached document for the day's listening exercises. We listened to and wrote about the first two pieces of music on the list. The rest of the songs are not homework. We will be finishing them in future classes.
I then handed out a vocabulary list of musical key terms. You will be having a vocabulary test on these words in one week. The vocabulary list is attached below.
Hi Students and Families,
The inspection of our new site has been moved to 9/9, so we will not have classrooms available this coming week. Thus, we will not be having onsite classes on 9/8 or 9/10. I have attached a packet of at-home work for the week. It includes instructions. This packet does require internet access, so please plan accordingly. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in class on the 15th!