Overview

The lessons below offer a guitar-focused exploration of the history of Rock and Roll, and have been curated to allow guitar performance classes to meet prevailing state standards in English Language Arts and Social Studies. They may work equally well as part of a general music course, or as a way to reach out to that student in class who is passionate about guitar and seemingly little else. The collection begins with the invention of the electromagnetic pickup, the electrification of guitar, and the development of the electric guitar as a dominant symbol in Rock and Roll. The lessons also examine how different approaches to the guitar have defined genres like Surf Rock to Heavy Metal, and how innovators like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Link Wray, and Jimi Hendrix created pathways to entirely new styles and genres.