Learning My Guitar
From Plank Road Publishingadapted/arr. Teresa Jennings
This super easy guitar piece is a one chord tune, focusing on the E chord. The tune calls for the three-string version, indicated in a chord diagram at the beginning of the music. However, your students could also use a four, five, or six-string E chord instead, and diagrams for these are indicated, as well.
The song "Learning My Guitar" is based on the well-known round, "Frère Jacques." Having a familiar melody allows players to also sing, though you could divide your class into players and singers. The ability to perform all parts successfully will give students a sense of accomplishment.
The arrangement and recording for this tune is a light Latin pop version which could also invite some simple percussion accompaniment. Let a few students play shakers, guiro, triangle, etc., to a rhythm they create ahead of time, or let them ad lib. A simple live performance with piano, guitars, and percussion is also quite possible with such an easy, familiar song. Even just guitars could be fun, especially if the round is performed. (from Music K-8, Vol. 20, No. 1)
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