Classroom Resources

Guitar Genius teacher’s guide

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The teacher’s guide is packed with Makerspace ideas, vocabulary sorts, social and emotional learning activities, discussion questions and more!

For more information about Les Paul, check out these primary and secondary resources used in researching Guitar Hero.

Works Cited:

  • Arntz, James. Les Paul: Chasing Sound. Icon Television Music, 2007.
  • Baker, Sue. Kim Tomsic interviews Sue Baker (phonecalls and emails) December 4, 2015-December 9, 2017.
  • Cooke, Alistair, and Robert Saudek. “Omnibus.” Omnibus , CBS, 1953.
  • Flatow, Ira. “Science Friday Les Paul: Inventor and Innovator.” Science Friday, NPR, 27 Sept. 2013.
  • Gugliotta, Guy. “’The Log’ Puts Paul in Ranks of Top Inventors.” The Washington Post, 16 May 2005, www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ content/article/2005/05/15/AR2 005051500649.html.
  • “Home – Les Paul Foundation.” LesPaul.com, Les Paul Foundation, www.lespaulfoundation.org/.
  • “Inductee Detail.” National Inventors Hall of Fame, National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2005, m.invent.org/honor/inductees/i nductee-detail/?IID=225.
  • “The Inventions – Les Paul.” LesPaul.com, Les Paul Foundation, www.les-paul.com/timeline/les- the-inventor/. Each night when young Lester headed up the stairs to bed, he would play his, “wooden xylophone”, which is how he described the vertical planks along the stairs. Lester explained, “[There] was a problem. The xylophone was out of tune, so I had to tune it. I cut the bottom of the plank that was out of tune.” Les shared that his mother thought he was a genius for being able to “tune” the staircase.
  • Lawrence, Robb. The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy: 1915-1963. 
  • Leonard, Hal. 2008. “Les Paul.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 2 September 2088, www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmaste rs/les-paul-career-timeline/101.
  • Paul,Les and Michael Cochran. Les Paul: in His Own Words. Gemstone Publishing, 2008.
  • “Les Paul.” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives,  www.rockhall.com/inductees/ les-paul.
  • Orentreich, Catherine and Susan Brockman, directors. The Wizard of Waukesha : the Film about Les Paul. Stray Cat Productions/USA Nightflight, 1980.
  • Uebelherr , Jan, and Jackie Loohauis-Bennett. “Exit, Wizard of Waukesha” 13 August, 2009 Journal Sentinel (USA Today Network), http://archive.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/53141582.html/ 
  • Walker, Don. “Guitar Legend Les Paul Dies at 94.” PopMatters, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2009, www.popmatters.com/article/109 835-guitar-legend-les-paul-die s-at-94/.
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