We kicked off the week by watching a BrainPop video on Beethoven. We learned about his childhood, his musical background, and about a few pieces of music that he composed. Throughout the week we worked hard to learn how to play one of his most recognized pieces, "Ode to Joy", on our guitars. Early in the week we began by taking a look at "crossing strings" which means that the students can play notes on two different strings! "Ode to Joy" contains notes that are played on both strings so students learned how to "cross strings" or play notes on two strings which was a challenge!
So far in our guitar unit we have been reading traditional musical notation on the staff. We also learned that there is another way to read music called guitar tabs. We learned that a guitar tab is like a diagram that helps us play chords (more than one note at the same time) on our guitars! We learned how play three different chords this week: C, F, and G. We even watched a fun YouTube video in which a guitar player used the same four chords to play twenty-two different songs!
The middle of the week allowed us time to review and practice all of the information that we have learned during our guitar unit. We had our final written guitar assessment today (Friday), and we also had our performance assessment on "Ode to Joy" today as well. Be sure to check Parent Portal for your musician's results!
Check out our performances of "Ode to Joy" below!