Participants of the Campfire Pickin’ ‘n’ Grinnin’ Bootcamp 101 class rock out to a wide variety of songs. From CCR to Doc Watson to Louis Armstrong to Jimmy Rodgers to The Eurythmics to Jack Johnson, we do it all and have a great time doing it. The songs are written out in a way that there is something for everyone. Beginners can do simple things to participate, learn how chord changes work and follow along. There are also alternate voicings for the chords, scale patterns and some extras to keep the more advanced players experimenting with new stuff.
Extra classes are included on some Saturdays to explain how it all works.
Both of the Tuesday classes and the Thursday class have a revolving 32 songs where we introduce 2 new ones each week and say goodbye to 2.
The Wednesday class will stay with the old format where we start with 4 songs and add 2 each week until we get to our 32 song quota. The Wednesday class will also have the lessons from the extra Saturday classes included to get everyone up to speed. This class is intended for the less advanced player to ease into the 32 song rotation and avoid feeling overwhelmed. For the complete beginner, we offer the Beginner’s class on Wednesdays at 6:00. Many of the songs will be the same, so participating in both is encouraged to get the experience of playing in a large group.
Chords are included for other instruments such as ukulele and mandolin and others can be adapted, so if you play something other than guitar, you are welcome!
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”