Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Adults Guitar Class

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


Teacher: Scott Arnold
Location: K Ward, Asylum for Art

16 Classes

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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

Although this class is guitar based, all acoustic instruments are welcome. No experience is necessary for guitarists, but basic technique will be helpful. We’ve started including Ukulele charts because, well, we like uke pickers! For other instruments, reading standard notation and basic technique is required and we’ll do everything we can to make your instrument work. Enrollees will be required to have their own instrument and a capo (for guitarists).

From Student Evaluation Forms at MRU Conservatory when the classes were taught there

Fall 2016 4/4, 3.75/4, 2.5/4, 4/4 (mean rating per class)

“Great course and instructor”

“Great teacher, well organized and excellent materials for study. cannot ask for more than that!”

“Unique inspirational programme. Parking ias expensive – dont forget Mount Royal is an an

university – not a money university – we have lots of those and the competition is fierce”

Winter 2016 – 3.61/4, 3.89/4, 3.97/4, 3.90/4 (mean rating per class)

“Good class for learning to play with others.”

“Great class. A little slow moving but pretty awesome all around.”

“Scott Arnold is an excellent instructor in all respects”

“Great concept for this course and Scott is a patient, talented and skillful teacher.”

“Scott is a great teacher and human being. I love the class.”

“The Instuctor was fabulous! The course was reasonably priced. The parking costs were more

expensive than the course itself. Not acceptable behaviour for the administration of MRU.”

“best way to learn thanks”


Additional information

Semester/Drop in

Summer 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Drop in

Class Time

Tuesday 5:30 – 7:00, Tuesday 8:00 – 9:30, Wednesday 8:00 – 9:30, Thursday 8:00 – 9:30, Single Drop in Class, 4 Pack Drop in, 8 Pack Drop in, July 13, 2017 – 7:00 pm, July 27, 2017 – 7:00 pm, August 10, 2017 – 7:00 pm, August 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm, All 4 Classes, Special Guest – November 8, Special Guest – March 28, 2018 – Jory Kinjo, Thursday, July 12, Thursday, July 26, Thursday, August 9, Thursday, August 23

5 reviews for Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Adults Guitar Class

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill Stanzeleit

    Campfire Guitar for Adults was a great way for me to learn how to play guitar! i was 50 years old when I attended my first class. I could not read music, I had a very limited ability to play a C chord, and I was very nervous. The other students were great, The class was fun, Everyone just played at their own level – whatever that level was. What a great experience – l wish I’d started 30 years earlier. I learned songs everyone knows, and songs I’d never heard before. Many of the songs I prefer to play today are songs that I heard for the first time at Campfire Class. I still have all the guitaraholic coins that I earned, my lustrum agent card, a 3 ring binder full of guitar songs, and even more great memories of my time at Campfire. Definitely a 5 star rating!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Arnold

    Scott Here. I teach these classes. I began this class in February of 2010 at MRU Conservatory with 13 participants of which there are still 7 enrolled in one way or another. It has been a great process for me to work through the material to be able to present it in such a way that is relevant to everyone – whether they are beginners not being able to play a chord or someone who has played for a while and knows their way around the fretboard. A big value to this class is that there are people of different levels, so it always sounds like music.

    I treat this class as a guitar equivalent to ‘Conversational Spanish’ where you learn the important information to play the songs without getting bogged down with lots of theory. A big value to this class is in how I write out the songs. I make sure there are ways that beginners are able to keep up as well as offering suggestions for advanced players to challenge themselves. The idea being that should the interest be there to go further, I offer other classes which will focus on harmony, fingerpicking, etc.

    The songs are of a variety of styles – folk, country, blues, pop, jazz, but are, for the most part, kept fairly straight forward and there is consistency between them, so what is learnt can be applied to all of them

    This has been a great way for me to end my day 3 days a week with a fantastic group of people I can call my friends

    Scott Arnold

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    john hogan

    I joined Guitar Bootcamp as an intermediate player and immediately liked the atmosphere in the group. I have completed 12 semesters and in every semester the group members have a been supportive of players of all levels, fun, sociable and usually – cheeky. I have seen beginners join and have fun from class 1. You progress at your own pace – there is no schedule or stress, the songs are arranged for you to make them easily playable. I picked up new songs, old songs, ideas, tips and easy ways to play chords and some melody. This class is uniquely suited to somebody who wants to play but can’t see how to get started or somone intermediate who needs inspiration. As an intermediate player it filled in gaps for me and inspired me to progress my skills without stress. As far as I know there is nothing else remotely like this class in this city.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leanne Siebert

    I absolutely love this class. It’s so much fun to be able to apply what you know (either a little or a lot) to a fistful of new tunes each semester. I just finished my 2nd one and have been really excited to be introduced to great tunes, some of which I’d never heard before. It’s also a lot of fun sitting with a group and playing and singing along…..just like a really campfire!! Scott is really great at putting the song sheets together for us in such a way that all playing levels can enjoy. AND, it is non-threatening, unintimidating environment……just plain fun and great people.!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    mare donly

    I think I’ve been coming to this class for over seven years. The class is relaxed, lots of fun and well suited to all levels. If you’re a more serious musician, there is plenty of excellent instruction. Although Scott is easy-going (except he’s serious about the no-cell zone) and forgiving, he is one of the best instructors you could ask for. He puts a lot of hard work into preparing for class and creating song sheets that include all you would need whether you’re a beginner or more advanced. For me, it’s a lot about the camaraderie; I’m not as focused on becoming a great guitar player, I just enjoy playing & singing in a comfortable group setting with good friends. Over the years, Scott has created a true community. He hosts several events at his home that bring together all kinds of people who share the love of music. As an aside, I highly recommend getting to one of Scott’s classical guitar performances.

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