Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Adults Guitar Class

(1 customer review)

Scott Arnold
Calgary Academy of Music, Fall Session only
Our New, yet to be named studio, Winter and Spring Sessions

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Receive a 15% Discount from the Registration for a 2nd Class for Yourself or a Family Member in the Same Session. Once you register for one class, you will be eligible for the discount, so register for the more expensive one second. You will need to completely register for the first class and then go back through for the second class to get the discount. If there is problems with the system, Please email or call 403 969 7257.

No Fee Instalment Plan
At checkout, choose the instalment option. 25% is due right away and the remainder is divided evenly over the duration of the class

Bonus Discount
You also get a 10% discount on concerts and clinics at and 20% off anything you pick up in class from our side project

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Participants of the Campfire Guitar 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”

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1 review for Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 for Adults Guitar Class

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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