Group Guitar Classes

Fall Classes Start September 19, 20, 21


Fall 2017

September 19, 20, 21, 2017 - January 30, 31, February 1, 2018


Spring 2018

February 13, 14, 15, 2018 - June 12, 13, 14, 2018


Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Adults

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Students enrolled in Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 learn to play a varied selection of songs in a relaxed group setting. Students are given basic instruction on how to approach accompaniment and soloing. Songs are written out in an easy to understand format to afford greater expression and to move through more material. Variations are included on how to expand those techniques to ensure students have the opportunity to meet their personal goals. The song list is largely compiled from student input and is different every semester.

Topics explored include:

  • Open Position Chords
  • Barre Chords
  • Upper Position Chords
  • Singing while Playing
  • Basic Lead Technique
  • Arrangement
  • Percussive Accompaniment

Although this class is guitar based, all acoustic instruments are welcome. No experience is necessary for guitarists, but basic technique will be helpful. For other instruments, reading standard notation and basic technique is required. Enrollees will be required to have their own instrument and a capo (for guitarists).


Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Youth

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Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Youth Guitar Class for 9-15 year olds is a spinoff of the popular Campfire Bootcamp 101 for adults. Whether just beginning or experienced, students are given the opportunity to play and sing fun, varied songs appropriate to their age group. The songs are written out in an easy to understand format with basic instruction on how to approach accompaniment and soloing. Variations are included on how to expand those techniques to ensure all students reach their potential. Class size is kept small so students receive personalized instruction and the setlist is chosen primarily by the students.

Topics explored include:

  • Open Position Chords
  • Bass Lines
  • Singing while Playing
  • Simple Melodies
  • Basic Lead Technique
  • Percussive Accompaniment

No experience is necessary, however basic guitar technique is helpful. Enrollees are required to have their own instrument and a capo.


Fretboard Harmony

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Students enrolled in Fretboard Harmony Guitar Class will be given training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres - from classical to country. The primary goal of the course is to become familiar with the rudimentary harmonic and melodic patterns used by the musicians we love and to unlock the mystery surrounding the recurrence of these patterns on the fretboard. We begin with fundamental musicianship training and expand that to the guitar. We explore artistic ways to approach improvisation. There is consistency between the musical examples for this class and Campfire Bootcamp 101 so students have an opportunity to put the theory into practice.

Fretboard Harmony 101 topics explored include:

  • The Function of the Notes in Open Position and Pattern Major Scales
  • Transposition
  • The Location and Function of Major and Minor Triads in Major Keys
  • Bass Lines
  • Diatonic and Dominant Chord Progressions
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Harmonic and Melodic Voice Leading
  • Improvisation

Fretboard Harmony 201 topics explored include:

  • Apllication of the Material from 101 to Minor Keys.
  • Open Position and Pattern Scales, Transposition, Bass Lines, Triads, Chord Progressions, Petatonic Scales, Voice Leading, Improvisation
  • Diatonic Seventh Chords (minor 7ths, major 7ths, dominant 7ths) and their application
  • Diminished, Suspended and Augmented Chords and their application
  • Symmetrical Scales

Fretboard Harmony 301 coming fall of 2017

These classes form a curriculum that will be valuable for guitarists at an intermediate to advanced level of any playing style. Reading standard notation is not required because this class approaches the music from a harmonic perspective as it relates to the fretboard.


FingerPickin'

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The FingerPicking Guitar Class will explore just that - FingerPicking. The first semester of classes strives to break out of the the pattern of strumming and learn the different components of the chord. initially, we start by breaking the bass note out of the chord and learn some rhythms, bass runs and tricks to make guitar accompaniment a dialog rather than a slave to the voice. We work through some other components and songs until we are able to play melodies, bass lines and chords all at the same time. Finally, there is a section on Travis Picking.

The second semester of classes expand on the material learned in the first part with an emphasis on playing melodies with the accompaniment. Other accompaniment tricks are explored such as muted chords and expanded bass lines. Playing styles from other regions and more intricate chord melodies are also explored as well as harmonizing melodies in 3rds and 6ths. We close out the semester with some Travis Picking

There will be consistency with the musical examples for this class and the Campfire Bootcamp 101 class so students enrolled in both will have an opportunity to refine their skills in a group setting.

Topics explored include:

  • Arpeggiated Accompaniment
  • Hammer Ons and Pull Offs
  • Singing while Playing
  • Simple Melodies with Bass Lines
  • Block Chords with Bass Lines
  • Muted Chords and the Chuck
  • Melodies in 3rds and 6ths
  • Bossa and Samba Rhythms
  • Travis Picking

Basic guitar technique is required. Enrollees will need their own instrument and a capo.

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