Guitar

Denver Guitar Orchestra

Unleash your acoustic guitar from its hiding place in your closet, or your school, and put it to use in a fun city-wide ensemble. We are looking to grow an orchestra from scratch with guitarists who all understand teamwork. It’s fun and you’ll improve your skills at a much faster pace than working alone. Are you eligible to join? You’ll need to get Level 4 certified (it’s not too rough to reach that level by the way) to begin ensemble work, so email us today and we’ll get you started: garyjugert@yahoo.com


Song Books for Certification:

There is a small fee to cover the cost of printing and binding for the instruction books. You are required to have a copy of Books X, 1, and 2 prior to your first certification appointment. Please contact us at garyjugert@yahoo.com to make an appointment to get your books and discuss certification. The arrangements posted here do not include everything you’ll need from the instruction books. You should contact us as soon as possible so we know you’re working toward playing with the group.

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. Certification criterion can be found at the end of each section.


Book X (Etudes!): Right and Left Hand Warm-ups

Book X contains useful exercises gleaned from the history of guitar pedagogy to help you develop deft left and right hand skills. We recommend you use these etudes during the first part of your practice to warm up your hands.

  • Download additional practice logs HERE.
  • Download the composing blank HERE.

Book 1: One Chord Songs for Level 1 Certification:

  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

Orchestra Level 1 Certification:

  • “Pre-selections” must be approved by examiner.
  • Material used in a lower level may not be duplicated in a higher level.
  • You are not judged on your singing ability (thank goodness!), but you are required to do it.
  • Use of sheet music is always acceptable unless skill is to be memorized.

Level 1:

  • Be able to tune your guitar without assistance.
  • Own a copy of Book X, Book 1, and Book 2.
  • 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.


Book 2: Two Chord Songs for Level 2 Certification:

  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
  10. London Bridge is Falling Down (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  11. Mary Had a Little Lamb (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  12. Pay Me My Money Down (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  13. Shortnin’ Bread (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  14. Simple Gifts (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  15. Skip to My Loo (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  16. Soft Kitty (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  17. Sur le Pont d’Avignon (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  18. Tom Dooley (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music
  19. Wheels on the Bus (July 9, 2017) Sheet Music

Orchestra Level 2 Certification:

  • “Pre-selections” must be approved by examiner.
  • Material used in a lower level may not be duplicated in a higher level.
  • You are not judged on your singing ability (thank goodness!), but you are required to do it.
  • Use of sheet music is always acceptable unless skill is to be memorized.

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 finger-style line) for ONE song of your choice.

 


Certified Level #1

  • Frances Phillips
  • Kaya Heerman

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Everything below here is under construction — You can stop reading. 🙂

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

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.

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

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 Examinations:

  • Pre-test to assure readiness.
  • Performance skills test.
  • Oral examination.
  • Written score card with next steps.
  • Receive graduation certificate.

 

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.
  • Written plan for Book 2.

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

 

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)

Non-Orchestra Arrangements Available at World Headquarters

  • Cocaine Bill and Morphine Sue (2 chords)