This class is for high school students at Winnebago Lutheran Academy who want to learn how to make music on computers. We use Audacity and Garageband as our main tools, and we have fun almost every single day figuring out how to make music using audio and MIDI, but we also learn how to record vocals and instruments and even play guitar and drums if we need to.
We keep personal blogs (look on the right column of this page and click on our names) to help us remember what we've been working on, keep track of the all the decisions that we've made on our projects, and to share with our family and friends the music that we've created.
I was rereading my student's blogs on the InTune Monthly Magazine article "Let It Slide" and realized that we hadn't talked about all the different ways you can tune a guitar.
Compare the difference between "Standard" and "Open G" guitar tuning:
(low to high) Standard Tuning: E A D G B E
Open G Tuning: D G D G B D
Standard tuning produces an unsettled, unresolved chord when strummed. Open G tuning produces a pleasing G major chord when strummed. That's why it and other open tunings are used while playing slide guitar. For more tunings, go to Big City String Company's Guitar Tunings
Dale Witte is the choir director and music technology teacher at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI. He has been teaching since January 1990 and really enjoys teaching students how God's gift of music works. Dale is also a church organist, piano player, violinist, and church music composer.