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Old 04-14-2016, 04:36 AM   #1
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Campfire Guitar Songs

A thread over on another RV'ing forum brought up this topic, didn't take long for it to wander off course without providing much in the way of song names so I thought I'd try it here.

I know some of you out there sit around and play while camping. So far in my budding musical career I can only plink through songs if I have the music in front of me. Looking for some good campfire tunes I can attempt to memorize, can only play Margaritaville so many times before it gets old.

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Good thread Bob ..... me too.


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There are many online sources for guitar songs. Here is one source which provides ten songs: the chords and a video or audio of the group singing it!

Ten Easy Acoustic Guitar Campfire Sing-Along Songs | Guitar World
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My Go To Book -- the only one I take with me -- is Rise Up Singing -- I think it was Pete Seeger's brainchild although others put it together. It's got literally hundreds of songs -- many with simple chords (which I appreciate) -- I got the "large print" version, which isn't really that large -- my kids like using it too.
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Originally Posted by padlin View Post
can only play Margaritaville so many times before it gets old.
I hear you, I haven't been inclined to play that song for many years now.

Bob, is there any particular genre or time period that you prefer songs from? There is soooooo much good music out there, one just needs to pick some favourites and give them a go.

My process for learning songs now (which I seem to rarely do these days), is to first find a song I like, and would like to learn on guitar. I then check out the chording and tabs from a place line If too complex, I usually move on, as at my skill level I don't want to make it too difficult, I just wanna have fun.

YouTube is a great resource for learning now, as there are tutorials on most any song out there, that can lead you through the songs. Many simplify the song a lot for your average campfire singer, while others carry the picking to waaaay beyond where I am at.

I copy these songs to a Word doc, and format them in a way to easily read. My brother has taken a lot of these songs, both ones I did up as well as ones he did, and formatted a bunch of them to PDF's, which he loaded on his tablet to use as a songbook.

My biggest problem lately is that I just don't play enough. I have forgotten the times more songs than I have learned lately. If I use the music sheets, then I can make it through them, but there are sooooo many now that I nolonger can play by memory. I either forget the music (which I can slowly figure out), or more commonly I forget the words (and humming doesn't cut it).
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Hi: padlin... The first song I learned to strum was 500 Miles...and the last one was Bridge over troubled waters. I'm sure my mother wished I'd used the bridge over troubled waters to get five hundred miles from home!!! LoL Alf
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Good topic!! What about ukelele songs too? I need to get back into either guitar or ukelele. Any recommendations on campfire song books for that? The uke is obviously a little more portable. Where do you store a guitar? I would worry about humidity/heat levels leaving it in the truck for a long period. I have an inexpensive ukelele that I don't worry about, maybe I just need to get an inexpensive guitar too.
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I have no guitar experience. But if you are asking for requests....... Back in the day, everybody seemed to know how to play House of the Rising Sun?

Kristofferson's Sunday Mormimg Coming Down would be good to keep the campfire conversation more grounded
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I take along a plywood uke so no storage problems. I'm interested in songs that others might know, guessing most of us are in our 50's and 60's I'd think the songs we would have listened to when we were in our teens and 20's, maybe the 60's and 70's? Ones many would know, you know, like 1977's Margaritaville.

Was hoping to see what others play around camp, or don't folks do this?
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Some observations:

-Rise Up Singing, sadly is out of print. Maybe Ebay?
-The player needs to be at least a little bit drunk to properly do House of the Rising Sun.
-Song of Wyoming, off an otherwise unmemorable John Denver album, is one of my favorites.


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