When the Dean is a guitarist, life is good.

Music for guitar, Technology, Lessons, Standards, Courses, Glossary, Warm Ups

Music    – Guitar Player Magazine – sample – acousticguitar_288

Alan Hirsh –    Searchable. Free.  Percussion ensemble pieces translate well, too.

New Mexico Classical Guitar – resources     Paid site.    “ has a wide variety of unique classical guitar sheet music. There are scores for guitar solo, duo, trio and quartet as well as a large catalogue of music for guitar with other instruments such as flute, violin and cello.”

Titles used for Florida Ensemble All-State Guitar  –

Private lesson help – guitar chalk   –


Lessons & Pedagogy – Screen Shot 2017-07-22 at 9.46.36 PM

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Las Vegas – Bill Swick

4-year High School Guitar – Theses – Curriculum and Motivation – dissertation  

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started by Nancy Marsters – Tallahassee – Link

High school in Vermont -based on Essential Elements – Page  

High School in  Pennsylvania   –

High School in Washington –

High School in Maryland – rubric, etc. – link

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Standards from School Districts and States for Guitar

Santa Fe –  – PDF –

UTAH    (sample lessons, too)

Course Descriptions

Welcome to the Tuscarora Guitar website!  –

Welcome!! My name is Matthew Dunlap and I am the guitar instructor at Tuscarora High School.  I am looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and parents of the most amazing learning community in Loudoun County.  This is an exciting time as we build an exceptional guitar program.  I will instruct students in a way that permits them to grow musically and technically throughout their development as both a musician and a guitarist.  In order to achieve this, it is essential for each student to have a strong foundation in the basic fundamentals of guitar technique and music.  These elements include positioning of the guitar, right hand technique, finger style, plectrum, left hand technique, posture, knowledge of musical terms, musicology, theory, and multiple styles of music.  A student that attains all of these skills will be capable of continued growth and development long after the instruction has ended.       I am committed to offering a program that recognizes and promotes multiple genres of music through both study and performance.  With classical guitar being the emphasis, students will also learn jazz standards, folk songs, blues, rock, and improvisation.       Sincerely,  Matthew Dunlap 

Guitar Ensemble –
Elective credit – Grade Level: 9-12 – year-long, 1.0 credit
Guitar Ensemble is a performance ensemble for all guitar students. Students develop ensemble-playing skills, learn to perform a variety of musical styles, and examine historical, theoretical, and aesthetic aspects of repertoire for performance.

UTAH – This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar. Emphasis will be placed on playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, simultaneous playing and singing, reading music, and composing songs/lyrics. Knowledge and skills will include experiences in singing, creating, playing, listening, and connecting to cultures. No prerequisite course is required.

  • Utah – Guitar Core Curriculum
  • Guitar Core Curriculum

    Williamson County School District, Tennessee

    General Music/Introduction to the Guitar Grades 6, 7, and 8

    Course Overview

    General music/introduction to the guitar is a 9 week exploratory course designed to provide students the opportunity to perform, create, analyze music, and connect music to other subject areas. Each grade level has a different curriculum that continues to expand upon prior knowledge learned at the elementary level.

    – the art of playing along with another instrumentalist or vocalist, or small ensemble, in a supporting manner

    Amplifier – a device that increases the amplitude of a signal. In music, a dedvice that electronically increases the dynamic volume of a sound source.

    Anular (A) – (Sp.) the ring finger of the right hand.

    Arpeggio – performance of a chord in which pitches are sounded successively in broken style.

    Banjo – an instrument that has a fretted fingerboard, elongated neck, a circular body, and four or five strings. The body has a soundboard animal skin or parchment like a drum.

    Barre Chord – a type of guitar chord where one or more fingers are used to press down multiple strings across the guitar fingerboard

    Bass Guitar (Electric Bass) – a low-pitched string instrument, visually similar to the electric guitar, with four strings tuned as those of a double bass.

    Bass Line – the low-pitched instrumental part or line played by an instrument such as the electric bass, double bass, tuba, etc.

    Blues – both a musical form and a music genre created primarily within the African-American communities in the Deep South of the United States at the end of the 19th century.

    Bridge – a piece of wood or metal for supporting the strings on a stringed instrument and transmitting the vibration of those strings into the resonating chamber.

    Capo – a mechanical device that shortens the vibrating length of a guitar or banjo string by clamping down across the fret board.

    Chord – the combination of three or more tones sounded together simultaneously.

    Chord Progression – a series of musical chords sounded in succession.

    Classical Guitar – a 6-stringed plucked string instrument. Well known for its comprehensive right hand technique, which allows the soloist to perform complex melodic and polyphonic material.

    Counterpoint – the art of combining two or more melodies to be performed simultaneously

    Dobro (Resophonic) Guitar – an acoustic guitar whose sound is amplified and altered by one or more spun metal cones (resonators) inserted into the front of the body of the instrument.

    Dynamics – Levels of volume in playing; symbols (generally in Italian) in music that indicate how loud or soft to sing or play.

    Finger Pick – a small device which attaches to the fingertip to aid in finger picking.

    Finger Picking – the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers.

    Flamenco – a generic term for a genre of song, dance, and guitar music of uncertain origin, but owing its development to the gypsies (gitanos) of southern Spain. Mostly found in Andalusia, the style is characterized by its use of modes and non-Western scales, its unusual rhythm patterns, and its use of guitar accompaniment.

    Glissando – a glide from one pitch to another using the left hand.

    Hammer-on – playing technique in which the left hand changes the note of a sounding string creating a descending slur.

    Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar – a fingerstyle genre of guitar music that originated in Hawaii achieved by detuning or “slacking” one or more of the strings until the six strings form a single chord, frequently G major.

    Indicio (I) – (Sp.) the index finger of the right hand.

    Inversion – a chord in which the root is in a voice other than the bass.

    Ligado – Spanish term for slur.

    Mandolin – A plucked string instrument that has four courses of strings tuned as those of a violin. The fingerboard is fretted and played with a pick or plectrum. Usually the mandolin has a rounded back like that of a lute.

    Medio (M) – (Sp.) the middle finger of the right hand

    Modes – scale forms that incorporate interval patterns different from those of the typical Western Major and minor scales. The term usually refers to the scale forms in use in Western European art music from the 9th through the 16th Centuries and generally associated with the liturgical music of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Moveable Chord – chords which can be moved up or down the neck as needed, retaining their intervallic structure, but changing their tonal component depending on the position of the neck where they appear. “Barre” chords are, by definition, moveable chords.

    Nut – a piece of bone or plastic supporting the strings between the head stock and the neck. One of the initial points of vibration of the string, the other being the bridge (or saddle).

    Open Chords – standard guitar chords which utilize one or more of the open strings of the guitar. The opposite of moveable chords such as “barre” chords.

    Pedal Steel Guitar – a type of steel guitar which uses foot pedals and knee levers to affect the pitch.

    Pentatonic Scale – a musical scale with five pitches per octave.

    Pickup – an electronic device that captures mechanical vibrations from electric guitars and converts them to electrical signals to be amplified recorded or broadcast.

    Position – the placement of the left hand when performing on a stringed instrument.

    Power Chord – a simplified version of a guitar chord consisting of only the root note of the chord and the fifth .

    Pulgar (P) – (Sp.) the thumb of the right hand.

    Pull-off – playing technique in which fingers of the left hand are removed from a sounding string creating a descending slur.

    Rasgueado – a finger strumming technique commonly associated with Flamenco guitar music in which all of the individual right-hand fingers strike the strings in rapid succession.

    Requinto – a smaller, higher-pitched version of the classical guitar, generally used for melodic playing.

    Riff – a repeated chord progression, pattern, refrain or melodic figure.

    Saddle – a piece of bone or wood resting on the guitar bridge which supports the strings.

    Scale – a group of pitches played or sung in succession according to a specific pattern of intervals. Seventh Chord – an extended harmony which adds the interval of a seventh above the root.

    Slide – a glass or metal cylinder which fits over the left hand finger and is used to slide between frets.

    Steel Guitar – a method of playing slide guitar using a steel, which is a type of finger slide

    Strum – a method of tone production on the guitar in which multiple strings are struck at once by the fingers or a pick

    Tablature – a system of music notation for the guitar in which symbols denote finger position on the finger board, rather than pitches to be sounded.

     Tambor – is a technique used in Flamenco guitar and classical guitar which is designed to emulate the sound of a snare drum.

    Travis Picking – a finger picking pattern named for Merle Travis; generic term for any number of finger picking patterns.

    Tremolo – a very fast repetition of three, four, or more notes producing the aural illusion of a continuous sound.

    Triad – any three-note chord.

    Tuning Gear – gear attached to head of guitar for tuning strings individually.

    Ukelele – A small guitar, with four strings, of Portuguese origin, best known for its association with Hawaiian music.


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  • Posted by Scott Nygaard   Acoustic Guitar

    This week’s workout starts with a familiar-sounding major-pentatonic phrase in G major (measure 1). Each subsequent measure takes this phrase and moves it up a step in the G major scale from the previous measure in a mirror of the first measure. So measure two starts on an A, measure three on a B, etc. You may notice that these phrases outline the chords in the key of G: G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, F#dim, and G, again (measure 8). Since we started with a major-pentatonic sound we’re going to modify the order of intervals slightly on the minor chords to give them more of a pentatonic flavor, though minor instead of major. For example, in the middle of the measure, the initial idea moves down a third from the root to the sixth and then a second from the sixth to the fifth. But against the minor chords we’ll flop those and move down a second from the root to the seventh and then a third from the seventh to the fifth to give it more of a minor-pentatonic sound.

    I’ve included some slur possibilities here, but you might want to start by picking all the notes first and then adding some of the slurs as you like. You could also try playing some of the open-string B notes at the fourth fret (measures 3, 5, 6, and 8). In measure 8, you could even try sliding from the A note on the and of the first beat into a B note that follows it at the fourth fret and moving the whole phrase up into a partial F shape, with the D and G notes played at the third fret with the index finger.


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