March 2 Guitar


Students will learn about other famous guitar artist.  They will also focus on learning fingerings using accidentals.  Students will be able to tune their guitar.  They will work on a classical guitar ensemble piece. 

Assessment:  Friday: Write Quiz on the Guitar Artists this week and major scale construction.  Students will also perform measure 1-16 of their class piece.

Monday Feature Guitar Artist:
Les Paul

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for rock music he had an early career in country music[1] He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),[2] delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.[3]

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day.[4][5][6][7] He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[8] He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.[9] Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.[10]

1.  Students will take notes regarding Les Paul

2.  Students will discuss how to create a major scale.  WWHWWWH

3.  Guitar students will be given 10 minutes to tune the guitar.

4.  Students will perform the G Major Scale on guitar

5.  Students will begin working on guitar ensemble classical work.

6.  Students will complete major scale worksheets.

HOMEWORK:  Work on measures 1-16.

Lesson #7. G Major Scale

Start with your 2nd finger on the 6th string in position III. This is the low G note.

Then with your 4th finger play A on the same string in position IV.

Practice G A G A a few times then add B on the 5th string.

Practice G A B A G a few times.

Keep adding notes one at a time and the practicing going up to the note and back down to G.

Notice this scale pattern runs up and down two octaves.


Try and keep your fingers in position; 1st finger over position II, 2nd finger over position III,