One great way to celebrate the guitar and its universal impact on pop culture is through film. You can dust off the DVD player, cue up the Roku or look for clips online. However you experience these great soundtracks, have your class listen in for the type of guitar and music used, and what it adds to the viewing experience.
1. Easy Rider
From Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” to “If 6 was 9” by Jimi Hendrix, this chart-topping soundtrack is packed with guitar-ific tracks.
How to play “If 6 was 9”:
2. Harold and Maude
This cult favorite features some of Cat Steven’s best songs. The singer-songwriter soundtrack nicely complements the whimsical weirdness of this oddball romance.
Here’s an easy-to-follow cover of “Miles from Nowhere”:
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen Brothers have brought us another modern masterpiece that harkens back to yesteryear. And as usual, they’ve assembled a top-notch soundtrack with plenty of gee-tar!
This Oscar-winning Irish film has also become a smash hit Broadway musical. Filled with foot tapping and tear-jerkers, this soundtrack will make a great intro to the rich tradition of busking.
“Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova live:
5. Rock n’ Roll High School
(Do try this in school!) A fun way to dive into the music of The Ramones, Rock n’Roll High School delivers punk that gets stuck in your head. Good luck getting it out!