Guitar

Denver Guitar Orchestra

It’s time to help guitars find their way out of the schools, and your closets, and put them to use in a fun city-wide ensemble. We are looking to grow an orchestra from scratch with guitarists who all understand what working as a team can do for them. Are you eligible to join? The short answer is YES. The long answer is you’ll need to get Level 3 certified to begin ensemble work, so email us today and we’ll get you started. garyjugert@yahoo.com

Sheet music and tablature arranged for chords and singing, straight melody playing, guitar ensemble, and fingerstyle chord-melody performance. Dates next to the song title indicates the latest edit. Testing criterion can be found at the bottom of this page.

Song Lists for Certification:

 

One Chord Songs for Level 1 Certification:

Download all the sheet music in the Level 1 Workbook HERE.

  1. Farmer in the Dell (Jan. 3, 2016) Sheet Music
  2. Frère Jacques (Jan. 3, 2016) Sheet Music
  3. Row Row Row Your Boat (Jan. 3, 2016) Sheet Music
  4. Three Blind Mice (Jan. 3, 2016) Sheet Music

Two Chord Songs for Level 2 Certification:

Download all the sheet music in the Level 2 Workbook HERE.

  1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Feb. 14, 2017) Sheet Music
  2. Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’ (Feb. 2, 2017) Sheet Music
  3. Alouette (Feb. 2, 2017) Sheet Music
  4. Buffalo Gals (Jan. 18, 2016) Sheet Music
  5. Clementine (Jan. 12, 2016) Sheet Music
  6. Drunken Sailor (Jan. 18, 2016) Sheet Music
  7. Go Tell Aunt Rhody (Jan. 21, 2016) Sheet Music
  8. Hush Little Baby (Jan. 10, 2016) Sheet Music
  9. Itsy Bitsy Spider (Jan. 21, 2016) Sheet Music

Three and Four Chord Songs for Level 3 Certification:

  1. Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman (Feb. 2, 2017) PDF
  2. Amazing Grace (Feb. 2, 2017) PDF
  3. Danny Boy (Feb. 2, 2017) PDF
  4. Blowin’ in the Wind (Feb. 14, 2017) PDF
  5. Down by the Riverside (Feb. 19, 2017) PDF
  6. This Land is Your Land (Feb. 10, 2017) PDF

 

Pop Songs for Level 4 Certification:

  1. America the Beautiful (Feb. 2, 2017) PDF
  2. Both Sides Now (Jan. 9, 2017) Email Me.

 

Not-So-Pop Songs for Level 5 Certification:

  1. Andante in G by Carulli (Feb. 19, 2017) PDF

 

Christmas Song List:

  1. Adeste Fideles (Nov. 24, 2016): PDF
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High (Oct. 13, 2015): PDF
  3. Auld Lang Syne (Oct. 24, 2016): PDF
  4. First Noel (Sept. 9, 2015): PDF
  5. Greensleeves (Oct. 26, 2014): PDF
  6. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Aug. 14, 2016): PDF
  7. Joy to the World (Dec. 18, 2016) PDF
  8. O Come O Come Emmanuel (Sept. 14, 2015): PDF
  9. Silent Night (Sept. 12, 2016): PDF
  10. Silver Bells (Oct. 13, 2015): Email Me.
  11. Up on the House Top (Sept. 25, 2016): PDF
  12. We Three Kings (Sept. 25, 2016): PDF
  13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Oct. 27, 2014): PDF
  14. White Christmas (Nov. 21, 2016): Email Me.

 

Orchestra Level Certifications:

“Pre-selections” must be approved by instructor.
Material used in a lower level may not be duplicated in a higher level.

Level 1:

  • Be able to tune your guitar without assistance.
  • Play chords while strumming and singing all songs in Book 1.
  • Play melody lines from tablature or standard notation for all songs in Book 1.

Level 2:

  • Be prepared to play chords and sing all songs in Book 2.
  • Be prepared to play melody from tablature or notation for all songs in Book 2.
  • Play the TuffAxe (chord-melody fingerstyle line) for ONE song of your choice.

Level 3:

  • Be prepared to play chords and sing all songs in Book 3.
  • Be prepared to play melody from tablature or notation for all songs in Book 3.
  • Play TuffAxe on three pre-selected songs in Book 3.

Level 4:

  • Play at least two songs in small ensemble with assigned parts.
  • Play TuffAxe on three new pre-selected songs.
  • One of the three chosen TuffAxe presentations must be memorized.

Level 5:

  • Play in small ensemble with pre-selected music.
  • Play TuffAxe on two memorized song.
  • Play in large ensemble with standard repertoire.

Level 6:

  • Perform in small ensemble.
  • Perform a memorized solo for audience.
  • Perform in large ensemble.
  • Performance examination.

Level 7

  • Completed teacher training
  • Taught through level 5

Orchestra Examinations:

  1. Pre-test to assure readiness.
  2. Performance skills test.
  3. Oral examination.
  4. Receive graduation certificate.

Orchestra Examiner Rubrics:

  • Level 1:
    • Demonstrate memorized chords A, E, D, G.
    • Play all four songs with voice and chords.
    • Play all four melodies using tablature.
    • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5
  • Level 6
  • Level 7

Use of sheet music is always acceptable unless skill is to be memorized.

Guitar Ensemble arrangements

  • Singers (voice with chords)
  • One guitar (melody)
  • Two guitars (melody and chords)
  • Three guitars (melody, chords, tuff)
  • Four guitars (melody, chords, tuff, arpeggio)
  • Five guitars (melody, chords, tuff, arpeggio, bassline)