Song Books for Certification

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You should contact us as soon as possible so we know you’re working toward playing with the group.

Why we require certification: We don’t want to waste your time. For newer players, we want to make sure you have a good ability with chord playing and we need you to be able to read tablature and certain aspects of standard notation. When you have completed Level 2, you will have the skills necessary to play for the rest of your life quite happily and you’ll have the ability to join the orchestra and not feel lost.

There is a small fee to cover the cost of printing and binding for instruction Books 1 and 2. We require you to own a copy of each book prior to your first certification appointment. Please contact us at garyjugert@yahoo.com to make an appointment to get your books and discuss certification. The arrangements posted on this site are the same ones as in the certification books, but they do not include all of the instructional materials you’ll need to be successful in your exam.

Certification appointments will generally last less than an hour.

All our sheet music contains standard notation and tablature, chords and lyrics, and staves for straight melody playing, guitar ensemble work, and “fingerstyle” chord-melody performance. Sheet music is updated from time to time and the dates next to the song titles on the website indicate the latest edit. You may request copies of the sheet music without tablature displayed if you prefer reading standard notation only.

If you need help getting up to speed on reading music, we’re happy to help you with introductory classes or private lessons. We are also motivated to work with your guitar teacher to make sure they can help prepare you for entrance into the Denver Guitar Orchestra.

 

Orchestra Examinations:

  • Pre-test to assure readiness.
  • Performance skills test.
  • “Pre-selections” must be approved by examiner.
  • Material used in a lower level may not be duplicated in a higher level.
  • You are not judged on your singing ability (thank goodness!), but you are required to do it.
  • Use of sheet music is always acceptable unless a skill is to be memorized.
  • Oral examination.
  • Written score card with next steps.
  • Receive graduation certificate.

Level 1:

  • Demonstrate memorized chords A, E, D, G.
  • Play all four songs with voice and chords.
  • Play all four melodies using tablature or notation.
  • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Written plan for Level 2.

Level 2

  • Demonstrate memorized chords.
  • Play songs with voice and chords.
  • Demonstrate understanding of TuffUke (chord melody).
  • Play melodies using tablature or notation.
  • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Written plan for Level 3.

Level 3

  • Demonstrate memorized chords.
  • Play songs with voice and chords.
  • Play TuffUke of two songs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of arpeggios.
  • Play melodies using tablature or notation.
  • Play a duet of examiner’s choice.
  • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Written plan for Level 4.

Level 4

  • Play songs with voice and chords.
  • Play TuffUke of two songs.
  • Play a memorized solo.
  • Play arpeggios in a duet.
  • Play a lead in a duet.
  • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Written plan for Level 5.

Level 5

  • Play songs with voice and chords.
  • Play TuffUke of two songs.
  • Play two memorized solos.
  • Play a prepared duet.
  • Play a prepared trio (or small ensemble).
  • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Written plan for Level 6.

Level 6

  • Play songs with voice and chords.
  • Play TuffUke of two songs.
  • Play two memorized solos.
  • Play in a small ensemble.
  • Conduct a large ensemble with new arrangement.
  • Discussion on posture and theory.
  • Written plan for Level 7.

Level 7

  • Play songs with voice and chords.
  • Play a 30 minute memorized repertoire.
  • Provide evidence of daily practice routine.
  • Organize and present a concert with DGO.
  • Written examination on standard notation.
  • Written examination on music theory.
  • Written plan to develop teaching studio.