This publication is primarily a guitar book which aims to help guitar groups get playing right away, even if they don’t have any prior musical experience. All songs come with several parts for different abilities, and as such “Songs for Guitar Groups” focuses on different approaches and different musical experiences. Even with a wide range of parts, it is natural that not all the musical requirements of a group will be met. Therefore, we recommend you use the parts provided as suggested arrangements and then create your own additional parts as required (ideally with all the participants together).
Self-study for further learning
The additional tablature notation and the accompanying CD encourage children and young people to come to grips with the songs by themselves. To make the material as accessible as possible, in addition to the actual score, each song also comes with a lead sheet version with a corresponding accompanying part. Furthermore, all annotations directly address the children and young people.
The group as a band
The suggested parts are arranged so that musicians of different abilities can cover different musical focal points, and so that the individual parts can come together to create the feeling of a band. There is the opportunity to create more musical diversity with, for example, percussive accompaniment patterns, which will help the arrangements to sound even more like a band. To this end, each song comes with an easy-to-play rhythm which can then be expanded. If additional instruments are available, it would for example be natural to play the lowest-pitched part on the bass guitar and then to play other parts on other instruments as appropriate (for example on a keyboard).
The eleven songs have not been fully composed and the notation has been intentionally left unfinished. This aims to encourage groups to write their own lyrics and compositions.The songs can be easily completed by repeating a verse or chorus with your own lyrics, for example. You could also develop completely new ideas and by combining them with the notated parts you could create your own pieces. This approach arose through practical experience with different groups, such as the YoungsterBands at the Offene Jazz Haus Schule in Cologne, and offers many opportunities to gain intensive musical experience.
This book is available in German only.
11 song outlines for learning the guitar together from the very beginning
Authors Franz Kasper Krönig and Thorsten Neubert met at the Offene Jazz Haus Schule in Cologne, where they specialised in projects for inclusive, musical and aesthetic education for children and young people. In their book “Songs for Guitar Groups”, they aim to bring their teaching methods to various class groups and to give students their first band experience together. This book is ideal for beginners, as even without any prior experience of a musical instrument, pupils can have a positive experience making music together.
The book contains 11 songs with different parts for different abilities, which then create different musical focal points in the songs. The authors have intentionally not fully composed the songs and have left them unfinished. The songs should serve as arrangement suggestions, the authors then aim to encourage the group to write their own lyrics, compositions and arrangements. Alongside the scores, each song comes with a lead sheet version with a corresponding accompanying part and a pattern for percussion instruments. This helps the arrangements sound even more like a band, and rounds off the educational concept.
In my room
Tic, tic, tac
How can you be so stupid?
Sofia la Kasa
I’m the new robot
Song of the dragon
How should I know…?
Questions about questions
About the authors