Chords and More in Music Class

Fairmeadows fifth- and sixth-graders are playing guitars in Debra Augspurger’s general music classes.

Fairmeadows fifth- and sixth-graders are playing guitars in Debra Augspurger’s general music classes.

The Fairmeadows fifth- and sixth-graders have been playing guitars in Debra Augspurger’s general music classes. We have acoustic six-string guitars and learn basic I, IV and V chords along with a variety of strumming patterns and techniques. We have discovered that many American folk songs are playable with only three chords. That is also true for many pop songs, such as “The Best Day of My Life,” “Brave,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Lean On Me.” There are also frequent requests for “Smoke on the Water.”