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Campfire Songs, 3rd (Campfire Books) Paperback – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Campfire Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 3rd edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762703180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762703180
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Lost for words? This enduring collection of more than 110 campfire songs - complete with words, scores and guitar chords - will have you tapping your feet and raising your voices, indoors or out. This splendid treasury provides hours of fun. Ten new songs have been added to this easy-to-read format. 'Amazing Grace,' 'Michael Row the Boat Ashore,' and others evoke and provide delightful childhood memories. Hikers, campers, students, scouts and teachers - even shy shower singers - if you have this in your backpack, glove compartment or guitar case, you'll be ready for instant group or individual entertainment.

Customer Reviews

The chords are real easy too!
Terri Rogal
Unfortunately the binding is paperback binding and the book simply can't stay open without support.
Sean Fritz
This book has an excellent selection of songs.
S. K. Foland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2001
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I really like this small size paperback. It has a super selection of over 100 songs divided into about a half dozen categories such as "Spirituals and Gospel Hymns", "American Folk Songs and Rounds", etc. Within the categories the songs are sorted by title. The folk melodies are represented by single sequential notes, with chords presented above the melody line. The chords are simple, and as presented allow plenty of time between chords changes making these songs particularly fun to play. The chords are generally ones that most guitarists would be familiar with although there are some, e.g., B-flat-7th, and F-sharp-7th, that may be slightly less familiar. The general form of the music resembles a 'fake book'. However, for me, the layout of this book makes it much more comfortable to use than most fake books I have seen.

However there are, in my judgment, some minor weaknesses with this book. The binding appears to be glued in rather than sewn. Normally one would prefer to use a music book flat, with this book I would anticipate, perhaps incorrectly, that opening it flat might result in a split binding.

Although the simple melodies make it easy to play on either guitar or keyboard, the downside of this simplicity is that on an instrument such as a piano/portable keyboard the songs do not have a 'full' sound. Also, the melodies for two of the first songs I looked at did not quite match in some respects the melodies for these songs as I remembered them. For example, for the song "He's got the Whole World in His Hands", the notes associated with the first "in his hands" lyrics are shown as:C-E-C, to my ears this should instead be C-D-C. I hope the authors read this review and re-check the melodies and post a review to let us know which, if any, do need correction.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rogal on May 9, 2000
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This little book of music brings you back to your childhood and all the songs you learned while growing up. I have been looking for a music book like this for years so I could accompany my nieces and nephew on my guitar. This book has many classic folk songs, spirituals, and several patriotic ones that are so much fun to sing. The chords are real easy too! I will enjoy this book for years to come.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NM Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2005
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I agree with other "raters" that the size of this book is great for camping, hiking, etc. It could fit into a traditionally sized pocket and you could easily find room for it in a back pack, etc. Each song also has notes, so that if you don't know the melody, you can pick it out on the piano. However, it is definately not a piano book, the notes are not arranged for that - just a simple one-handed tune. I was disappointed That most songs only have one verse and the chorus. Occasionally, a 2nd verse is included. But, I would like 4-5 verses for songs that have them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JimmyJohn on July 8, 2005
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This is what I expected - chock full of good old songs. Both the notes and chords are listed, which is great. And most of them use few chords, which is great for a beginner like me! The book is small in size, which is good, but that's also bad because it doesn't want to stay open - I use my capo to clip it open! Haven't used my capo much, so now I've found a good use for that, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2005
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This is a super little book for anyone wanting to sing old favorites from around the world at a campfire. The score for the melody is given along with guitar chords. Tabbing the melodies for harmonica was pretty easy and I'm very happy with the results.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ida H. Lively on December 4, 2002
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What a WONDERFUL book!
I previewed this book on-line and was not disappointed. The pages shown are exactly what the rest of the book is like!
IT's great to have the music (although basic) and chords for many old songs that people 'assume' everyone knows.
This is a MUST for any Scout leader who wants to put a little sparkle in their program. It will truly expand your Pack/Troop song repetroire!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erich E. Geary on June 22, 2003
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I thought this book was quite good. I was pleased with the songs, and recommend it for all those who want to sing those old songs. Take it camping with you and your grand kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Foland on December 1, 2009
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This book has an excellent selection of songs. Unfortunately, the guitar and mandolin pictured on the cover would be almost useless for playing many of them. Five of the first six songs are in the key of F, and this trend continues throughout the book. The key of F, with its one flat, is easy to play on the piano, but difficult on stringed instruments. The key of E, with its four sharps, would be difficult for a piano player, but much easier for a guitar player. Since I'm not going to lug my piano to a campfire, I have had to transpose many of the songs in the book to keys that are more suitable for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle. That's proved to be quite a chore.

Also, some of the progressions are wrong. The book's progression for "Hey, Ho! Anybody Home?" is Em, Bm, Em, etc. The correct progression (Em, B7, Em, etc.) is not only correct, but it is much easier to play on the guitar.

I love this book for its selectioons and melodic outlines; I just wish the editors had taken more care in their selections of keys and progressions.
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