This blog is a part of an afterschool music/instrument building/electronics My New York program at Franklin K. Lane High School and Wingate High School.
The electric guitar has had a profound effect on the music and culture of New York. From the early, pioneering days of the instrument (Les Paul) to 60s folk (Bob Dylan, et al) to the beginnings of punk in NY's Lower East Side to guitar-based hiphop (Beastie Boys, Run DMC, et al) to reggaeton and other musical styles and forms today. The guitar, in both its electric and acoustic forms, continues to shape the sound of NY, with new forms emerging and evolving as new groups of people come to the city and contribute from their own cultural heritage and their individual innovations.
Through listening to examples, viewing photographs, reading texts and viewing video about guitar-based music in NY, students will explore the role guitar has played in NY life. Students will explore and discuss influences that inspire their own music. Finally, students will design, build, and play their own New York guitars and create recordings and performances of their original work.