Feb. 21

Play 24, 26, & 27. Practice G, Em, C, D7


Love Songs

No class on Wednesday. Play 24, 26, & 27. Practice G, Em, C, D7

Apps of the week: Music Scanner & Scanner Pro

Music Scanner is good for using tablet camera to take a photo of music. Then it will play it back. Magic!

Scanner Pro is good for organizing PDFs into a playlist. Take photo of Music. Edit/lighten/trim, etc. Then add to a playlist.




[G] Cupid [Em] draw back your bow
[G] And let [C] your arrow go
[G] Straight to my [D7] lover’s heart for [G] me for [D7] me [G] Cupid [Em] please hear my cry
[G] And let [C] your arrow fly
[G] Straight to my [D7] lover’s heart for [C] me [G]

[G] Now I don’t mean to bother you
But [D7] I’m in distress
There’s danger of me losing all of [G] my happiness For I love a girl who doesn’t [C] know I exist
[D7] And this you can [G] fix so


[G] Now Cupid if your arrow
Make her [D7] love strong for me
I promise I will love her until [G] eternity
I know between the two of us her [C] heart we can steal [D7] Help me if you [G] will so


[G] Now Cupid [Em] don’t you hear me [G] calling you I [Em] need you [G] Cupid

Cupid pdf

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Jan 31 –

App of the Week – RiffStation


Why I like it and use it: You can search for YouTube videos, play them (chords are not always useful), and SLOW the tempo until you get your “chops” together. From Fender

Choose Your Song

We will each get to choose a song for the class to learn. I need to get started on arranging these for the class and deciding what order to teach them.

For Monday: From book, “Ode to Joy” and “Round”

Class Guitar – January 17, 2018

Welcome!   Great choice!   SyllabusGuitarI-2018

Textbook: Superbook.           Binder.               Pencil.
GuitarClass1SuperBook-1.      1st string. scan-jan-18-2017-1-09-pm     P.11p11

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http://faculty.atu.edu/dbarber/guitar/GEmPractice.htm     Fantasy      G and Em7


http://faculty.atu.edu/dbarber/guitar/GRGD.html   Good Riddance      G   C   D    Em

http://faculty.atu.edu/dbarber/guitar/RunAround.htm    Runaround  GG  CC  AmAm DDD



Bergman Guitar Students 

Tech alumnus Darla Martin brought her 7th grade guitar class to visit today! They played “Minor Waltz” and “Ode to Joy” and the Elementary Methods folks were inspired!  The ATU String Band played “Man of Constant Sorrow”  for the visiting guitarists. I hope they enjoyed their afternoon on the Tech campus and will visit again.

Preparing for a New School Year

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Dear Deborah,
We asked one of our favorite guitar education leaders, Dr. Kevin Vigil from Loudoun County, Virginia, to share some thoughts about how he prepares for a new school year. Wow, are we glad we did! These are awesome, and we hope you find them helpful too. More on Kevin and his program is online here.
Greetings Guitar Gurus,
Some of you may have already begun the new school year while others will soon be in the classroom. Some of you are experienced teachers while some are starting their adventures in guitar teaching for the first time. No matter what your circumstance, welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year!
I have been invited to share some thoughts and tips as we all begin this year, so here we go…
1) Learn your students’ names! Make it a point to learn every student’s first name during the first week of school, their last name by the end of the second week and the parents’ names by the third week of school. Calling students by their names is a sign that you care enough about each student to get to know them better. Get to know the parents and make it known that you are available to them. Many of them will be your strongest supporters.
2) There is a difference between ten years of experience and one year of experience ten times. We have probably all had a teacher sometime in our education that used the same syllabus and simply changed dates and presented the same exact lecture multiple times. I encourage you not to be that teacher. Instead, reflect on last year’s experience; what would you do differently? If you are a new teacher, journal everything and go back and review that journal as you prepare for the following year.
3) Backward Design: Yes, No or Maybe? Backward Design is a method of setting goals before making lesson plans and creating assessments. This is a standard model in education. Goals are certainly important, so ask yourself: What abilities should your students have acquired by the end of the year? How will you sequence instruction? On the other hand, be alert to your students’ needs. Not all students learn at the same pace. There may be times when forward design works better to improve mastery of a particular skill or concept. Remember, your students are not just numbers, they are kids. Be willing to alter your goals if you feel that it is in the best interest of your students.
4) Second chances. At the beginning of the year, you will likely have returning students in your program. Some may have been problematic last year and you may even have some negative feelings about a particular student. Take a cleansing breath and think back to your Human, Growth and Development classes or your own childhood. One year or even a summer can make a huge difference in a child’s life. Ask yourself: If the student was problematic in your class last year, why did they sign up to study with you again? You probably made more of an impact in that child’s life than you thought. You are the adult capable of compassion and forgiveness. We don’t always know what happens at home and the behaviors that were exhibited previously probably had very little to do with you. In fact, if they are returning, feel confident that they know you have much to offer.
5) Create opportunities for your students so that this year is uniquely special. Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. You can set the stage for meaningful opportunities throughout the year. Give your students the opportunity to be in self-directed ensembles, lead a sectional, demonstrate what they do in their free time or participate in an open mic setting. If a student has a creative idea, pursue it with them. Other opportunities include community involvement in the form of performances at libraries, other schools, senior living facilities, or even guitar festivals. Bring in a special guest or take your students to a concert. Be creative, but most of all, make this year somehow different from last year so that it is uniquely special and memorable.
6) Stay active and nurture your passion. I assume that you learned and fell in love with the guitar at some point in time. Stay connected with those feelings and continue to practice your craft. Students are quite perceptive; they know if their teacher is fully engaged with them or simply going through the motions. When you demonstrate your passion for playing and teaching, your students will benefit more than you will ever know. You may enjoy watching this video of some teachers in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia staying active and collaborating together to the benefit of their students.
I hope this is good food for thought and that you have an incredible and special year with your students.

Songs for Monday

Line-up?  Maybe?  Not sure…  Let me know what you think.  Are there any others we could do well?

  1. You Are My Sunshine
  2. Jolene
  3. Lion Sleeps Tonight
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. Sweet Home AL
  6. Joanne
  7. Wagon Wheel 


Lion Sleeps Tonight     Mbube-C

Jolene &   You Are My Sunshine    Jolene-Sunshine

Amazing Grace       AmazingGrace-D

Sweet Home Alabama     SweetHomeAlabama

You have “Joanne” and “Wagon Wheel”

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