Lead Guitar Virtual Showcase II

May 23rd @ 12PM Central

Hosted by:

Cordoba and the GSI Foundation on the GSIF YouTube Channel:

Join us for the LIVE YouTube premier featuring an interview with Zach Filkins of OneRepublic, a student Q&A session with Zach, and an exclusive rendition and play-along of Counting Stars for guitar orchestra.

The May 23rd show also includes mass play-alongs of music by Bach and Bob Marley, as well as playing tips from Professor Denis Azabagić. So, have your guitar at the ready and enjoy this interactive celebration with classical guitar students and enthusiasts around the world.


Highlights and Virtual Ensembles from the April Showcase with Sergio Assad, Alex De Grassi and Sergio Vallín of Maná

Step 1: Play along   

Use the videos and scores below to learn one part of Counting Stars. Students, please pick a part that corresponds to a level you have already covered in the Lead Guitar Method Books. Use the tutorial videos below for help learning your part, and then practice your part at tempo with the play-along videos.

Counting Stars 

Part 1 - Level 1

Part 2 - Level 4+

Part 3 - Level 4

Part 4 - Level 8

Part 5 - Level 9

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

Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Tutorial Videos for Counting Stars

Step 2: Recording and Uploading Your Part 


**Submissions Due on May 15th

by midnight to be featured in the showcase on the 23rd**

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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