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Guitar I Repertoire: Campfire Season


There’s a subtle art to choosing a good campfire song. Unlike the typical music setting where you might run through your most challenging material, campfires lend themselves more to group participation than an individual showcase. If other musicians are joining in, it also helps to emphasize songs with predictable structures. Having a catalog of recognizable songs can help spark participation from others and add to the experience for all.

This class will emphasize well-crafted but approachable songs with appealing details that push our guitar skills in new directions. Techniques covered will likely include basic fingerpicking patterns, hammer-ons, moving bass lines, blues shuffle patterns, movable chord shapes, using a capo, chord variations, and melodic fills. Class will focus on simple blues, folk, and acoustic guitar standards and likely some student-requested songs.

Class is intended for the beginner/novice student. Students should be comfortable changing between the basic chords: ABCDEFG, Am, Em, Dm (AKA, the “cowboy chords”) and have an eagerness to try new techniques.

Recommended: a notebook and pen, clip-on tuner, and a capo.

Please contact the instructor at with questions regarding the appropriate skill level.

*No class April 4

*Class is located inside Mellon Hall, Anderson Dining Hall and Snack Bar, Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Your Paypal payment serves as your registration. You will be contacted with more details prior to the start of class. 

Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued if Calliope cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment. If that happens, you will be notified in advance and will receive a refund or credit within 30 days from the start of class. No refunds will be given to those who cancel their registration within 2 days before a class starts or after class begins. Classes may not be pro-rated; please plan accordingly. Confirmations will be sent approximately a week before a class starts via email (please specify if you prefer to be contacted by phone).

Class Dates

March 28, 2023 - May 23, 2023


Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 PM


Ben Hartlage

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Ben Hartlage has been performing and promoting roots music in the local area for nearly 25 years. He has had the honor of opening for acts such as The Blind Boys of Alabama, David Lindley, and Jake Shimabakuru and... more


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