We have introduced our Year 8 pupils to the Lansdowne School guitars during recent music lessons. The aim of this early work is to build upon the learning that we have achieved whilst working with the school keyboards. Year 8 are already familiar with chords and keeping a rhythm. Our next stage of development will be to apply these techniques to the guitars.
We have started off this work by learning how to remember the order that the guitar strings are arranged – E, A, D, G, B and E. Each Year 8 student has written their own short rhyme to help remember this sequence – Eat All Deserts Given Before Entering, or Every Animal Deserves Getting Better Everyday.
The next stage of our learning was to feel comfortable in working our way around the guitar frets. Each pupil was given adult help to use their fingers and position them along the guitar fretboard.
We then used our knowledge gained from our earlier keyboard work to help improve our guitar skills. Year 8 have become very good readers of sheet music. We have been following the structure of some sheet music to play some simple rhythms up and down the fretboard. Batman and Happy Birthday have been popular choices!
Our guitar work in Year 8 will start to learn about chord sequences next. We are going to introduce the pupils to a couple of basic chords, and then see how these can be used effectively to play a well known song. We have already looked at A Horse With No Name – we hope to be able to share a rendition of this song before the end of the term!