“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”

-Aaron Copeland


Welcome to the Lead Guitar Virtual Showcase! As many of you are already aware, our school programs are closed and our university partners have cancelled all events in the effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Nevertheless, we will continue to offer high quality musical experiences to all of the students and communities we serve. The show must go on!


This spring, our End-of-the-Year Showcase will be held online. Instead of celebrating our students' achievements with a public concert held in a university concert hall, we will create a collaborative ensemble video project featuring our students, teachers, guest artists and community members across the country and the globe. Check out the example videos our teams in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver and Tucson created while quarantined this week! 

We feel that the best cure for social distancing is community music making. While this project is intended to showcase the skills of Lead Guitar students, all guitarists are encouraged to participate. To join our online guitar ensemble, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Play along   

Use the videos and scores below to learn one part of each piece. Students, please pick a part that corresponds to a level you have already covered in the Lead Guitar Method Books. For reference:

Ode to Joy - 120bpm

Part 1 - Level 2

Part 2 - Level 1

Part 3 - Level 5

Oye Como Va - 120bpm

Part 1 - Level 5

Part 2 - Level 5

Part 3 - Level 5

Once you have your part practiced up to tempo, continue to Step 2.

Ode to Joy by L. V. Beethoven

Oye Como Va by Carlos Santana 

Step 2: Recording and Uploading Your Part

When you are ready to record, follow these simple instructions to ensure your video submission will sound great and sync up with everyone else's playing.


  • Gather your equipment. You will need headphones, a phone or a computer with a webcam, and a second device to play the rehearsal video. Oh, and don't forget your guitar!

  • Minimize background noise. Set up in a quiet room and ask others in your home to avoid making sounds while you record. Turning off loud fans and AC can help quiet things down.

  • Set up the camera. Make sure you are well lit and the background is not distracting. Do a quick test recording to check if you can capture good quality audio and video. If you are using a phone, you can ask a friend to film you or you can prop the phone up on a chair with a pillow. Make sure to prop up the phone without covering the built-in microphone. This is usually found on the top or bottom of your device. 

  • Put on your headphones. Plug them into a second device that you are not recording with and load the youtube rehearsal video for your part that you practiced along with. This will allow you to play along with the rehearsal video when recording without letting the sound bleed into your video submission. You must play along with the rehearsal video for your part when recording so you stay in tempo with all of the other submissions.

  • Check your tuning! If you don't have an electronic tuner at home, you can use this website. There are also several free tuner apps for your phone. GuitarTuna and Pano Tuner work well in our experience.

  • Press record. Start recording first and then start the play-along rehearsal track in your headphones. Doing it in this order will allow you to focus on the count in. We will edit all of the video submissions, so you don't have to worry about playing as soon as you start recording yourself.

  • Play!

  • Listen to your recording. Ensure that you sound your best and that you stayed in time with the rehearsal video.

  • Submit your video files in the form below. Please don't navigate away from the page until you get a success message after you click submit. You may have to wait a minute if your video file is very large or if you are submitting from mobile.


That’s it! We will take your submission and edit it into our online guitar ensemble for the Showcase. We look forward to making music with you!

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