4-Chord Song- Group Project

Name: ______________________________________________

Group Members: _____________________________________________________________

Project Checklist:

❏ Pick a song from the list of choices

❏ Map out the song structure in the provided table

❏ In the “chordbank,” draw and label all of the chord diagrams for each chord needed in

your song (chord labels, string names, X/O symbols, and finger numbers).

❏ Practice your transitions & fill out the chart

❏ Isolate & Practice each section of your song & fill out the chart

❏ Perform your song for the class

❏ Reflect on your progress/process

Grading
Song Structure Map: 10 points
ChordBank: 10 points
Transitions practice chart: 10 points
Song Section practice chart: 10 points
Performance: 50 points
Reflection: 10 points

Song Title: ______________________________________

Song Structure Map (10)

Intro.

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ChordBank (10)
Transition Practice Chart (10)
● Practice each of the following transitions so that you are comfortable transitioning at 80
bpm with a strumming pattern of straight quarter-notes (at least 5x in a row)
● Use the drum backing tracks as a “metronome” to help you keep a consistent tempo
● When you have finished, initial in the column marked “me” next to that transition. Then,
play it for a member of your group, and have your group member initial in the next
column. Finally, play the transition for the teacher, and get the teacher’s initials in the
last column.

Transition Me Group Member Teacher

G⇆ D

G ⇆ Em

G⇆ C

C ⇆D

C ⇆ Em

D ⇆ Em
Song Sections Practice Chart (10)
Isolate & Practice each section of the song SLOWLY with a simple (quarter-note) strumming
pattern, gradually get faster (a little bit at a time) until you are comfortable playing along with
the recording
● When you are comfortable playing each section along with the recording, initial in the
column marked “me” next to that transition. Then, play it for a member of your group,
and have your group member initial in the next column.

Section Me Group Member

Intro

Verse

Pre-chorus

Chorus

Bridge

Outro

Reflection (10)
1. What guitar skills/knowledge did you learn/develop throughout this project?
2. What did you struggle with?
3. What was easy about this project?
4. How did you practice? What did you find to be the most effective practice methods?
5. Did you enjoy this project? Why/why not?

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4-Chord Song:Group Performance Evaluation (50)

Name:_______________________________
Criteria Grade Comments

C major chord
-Correct finger positions
-Correct strings played
-Good resonating sound for /5
each string

D major chord
-Correct finger positions
-Correct strings played
-Good resonating sound for /5
each string

E minor chord
-Correct finger positions
-Correct strings played
-Good resonating sound for /5
each string

G major chord
-Correct finger positions
-Correct strings played
-Good resonating sound for /5
each string

Transitions
-Smooth (shape >
individual finger placement)
-No hesitations /10
-Seems comfortable &
automatic (good muscle-
memory)

Tempo
-Maintains a steady tempo
throughout the song
-Keep up with the tempo of /10
the song

Chord Progression
-Changes chords when
appropriate (without
assistance) /10
-Plays the chords in the
correct order
-Follows the song structure