Advanced Guitar for the Classroom – Rock
The Rock Guitar curriculum below is used primarily in my second year curriculum, but can easily extend through the third year as well, if the educator chooses to put more emphasis in rock guitar and soloing.
Note: Some of the songs and exercises may not include tabs. If you prefer a tab version, contact me and I'll upload one.
Scales & Licks
major scale & exercises
Classic Rock Licks
Developing Soloing Technique
Melodies & Solos to Develop Picking Technique
Tango to evora
*GERUDO VALLEY (FROM OCARINA OF TIME)
stairway to heaven (2 Versions)
Below are two versions of Jimmy Page's guitar solo. The electric version is a literal transcription. The acoustic version is an adaptation of the electric and is only an excerpt. Since my students use classical guitar, it is not possible to make the string bends that you can with the electric version. Instead, I incorporate slides. Also, it is not possible (or practical) to play notes on the 20th fret, since most classical guitars don't have that fret! Thus, that part of the solo is left out. Still, it's a good solo to tackle, even on an acoustic, especially when learning minor pentatonic scales.
For ease in the learning curve of this solo, I made three versions: Slow, Medium and Normal.
Hammer-On's & Pull-Off's
Classic Rock FingerStyle Songs
Stairway to heaven (led Zeppelin)
The pdf below is taken from the last lesson in my beginning book and is the final exam. Led Zeppelin's recording of Stairway to Heaven is over eight minutes long! Not only is it impractical to require every student to perform this song at that length, but it is also unnecessary. Since the length of the song is due largely to the multiple repeats of each section, reducing the number of repeats will reduce the length of the song without altering the basic form of the song. Therefore, you will see places in the music where the repeats have been reduced, i.e. "(Final: 4x only)"
(If there is interest, I will make a tab version)
Other Acoustic Rock Songs
Beginning Piano for the Classroom
Popular music is, of course, relevant and meaningful in our culture, especially to high school students. As such, as a piano educator, I feel an obligation to equip my piano students not only with the technique and musicianship to play traditional classical repertoire, but popular music as well. So, in addition to learning how to read standard notation, the book below teaches students the skill and knowledge to read and interpret chord symbols and to ad lib accompaniment.
When developing this curriculum for my high school piano students, it was with the awareness that most of my students did not have a piano or keyboard at home, and therefore, their only practice time was during class. For classroom piano educators with a similar situation, the book below should last a full school year. For students who are able to learn at a faster pace, either because they are able to get additional practice at home, or perhaps they entered into the beginning class with some prior music experience, if they complete the beginning book before the end of the school year, I created the supplemental, intermediate-level repertoire also below. This repertoire also works well with my second-year students.