We Are Guitar

(Lead Guitar Virtual Showcase IV)

Hosted by:

Guitar Salon International Foundation on the GSI YouTube Channel

The We Are Guitar broadcast for March 2nd, 2021 features Emmy-winner Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer of the music for the Netflix series’ The Queen’s Gambit and Godless. He’ll be performing his piece ‘Cancion’ with Lead Guitar students and teachers in a virtual guitar ensemble on the show.

See below for scores, play-along practice videos and directions for uploading your video to participate. THE DEADLINE FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION IS FEBRUARY 16TH.

We Are Guitar #3 featuring Molly Miller of Jason Mraz and The Black-Eyed Peas

We Are Guitar also features a mini-masterclass with Professor Denis Azabagić from Roosevelt University, artist interviews, performances from some of the world’s finest guitar orchestras, outstanding student soloists and kids around the country speaking their mind on a variety of music-related topics through ‘Sound Off’ video montage segments. The show is hosted by Lead Guitar co-founder and curriculum author Brad Richter.


Step 1: Play along   

Use the videos and scores below to learn one part of "Cancion". 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.


Level 1+

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 6

Chord buddy

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

Cancion by Carlos Rafael Rivera

Step 2: Recording and Uploading Your Part 


**Submissions Due on Feb.16th

by midnight to be featured in the showcase on March 2nd**

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. Please film yourself in landscape. 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.

  • Name your video file ​​with your part. This helps us sort your submissions. Something like makinituplevel4.mov would be perfect.

  • Submit your video files in the form below. Please don't navigate away from the page until you get a green 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. You will also receive a confirmation email at the address you entered into the form. If you are unsure your submission went through, email info@leadguitar.org and we'll check for you!


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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