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Guitar Lessons with The Great American Campfire Songbook
If you are just starting out on guitar, The Great American Campfire Songbook is a great resource and tool. It is also an excellent tool for guitar teachers looking for a collection of familiar songs with easy chords.
When I first learned to play guitar, I used a book by Jerry Snyder. I think it was called the Guitar Sing Book. It is out of print now. It was filled with a lot of popular folk-rock type songs. Many of the songs were excellent camp songs. I've used several of the songs from that book for boy scout , girl scout and cub scout campfires. I wore that book out, as well as the second edition that I bought. One of the things I really liked about it was; it used mostly easy, open chords, and a suggested strumming or picking pattern was shown for each song.
When I teach guitar, I like to split my time teaching 1) note reading; and 2) chords. I won't spend any time talking about note reading, except that I like to use the Classical Guitar for the Young, by Jay Traylor. There are a lot of excellent books out there that teach classical guitar and note reading, so just shop around.
An outstanding resource for budding young guitarists is Jamorama. If you want to take your guitar playing to the next level, check it out.
For reading chords, I usually just copy off my campfire songbook, and go from there. I find it best if you start off with songs that only use 2 chords, and don't change too fast. Some good songs to start with are:
Most 2 chord songs use what we call the I and V chords. For example; If a song is in the key of C, the I chord is the C and the V chord is the G or G7. (C is I, D is II, E is III, F is IV and G is V.)
Here are the pairs of I, V chords:
Those are the easy ones that we use mostly in the campfire songbook.
Here are the rest:
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