Take Your Guitar Camping

Guitar in the woodsThere are three things that make a good campfire: stories, s’mores, and guitars. You have to have at least one of those three things for your campfire to be considered a success. Stories and s’mores can be provided by anybody, but  not everyone can play the guitar. If you can pick a little, you should take your guitar camping.

It’s easy to forget how much we depend on technology these days. When the sun goes down, we can flip on a light switch, fire up our computers, or pop in a DVD. However, when you’re out in the woods, you’re cut off from technology. There are plenty of people who don’t quite know how to keep themselves entertained without the aid of electricity.

That’s where you come in Miss, Mrs., or Mr. troubadour. You and your 6-string are there to help prevent people from awkwardly checking their phones every thirty minutes, even though it died hours ago, until they get bored and fall asleep. Serenade your friends with singalongs and lovely melodies to help pass the time. People will enjoy and appreciate the accompaniment.

If you do decide to take your guitar camping, there are a few things to keep in mind.

While people like listening to live music, not everybody enjoys taking part in it. If you’re playing a few singalongs, don’t demand that people participate. This can turn a pleasant campfire into a smoldering elephant in the room. If people want to sing along, let them sing to their hearts’  content, but don’t pick on the shy.

Also, keep in mind that playing the guitar at a campfire doesn’t give you a free pass to stare deeply into the eyes of every member of the opposite sex and sing love songs. If you’re insistent on crooning, then croon away, but there’s nothing that will set eyes rolling around the campfire faster than Rico Suave with a guitar.

Make sure that you take good care of your guitar around a campfire. In fact, you probably shouldn’t bring any guitar that’s really nice, or expensive, or one that holds sentimental value. You never know when a stray ember could pop out from the fire and land on your guitar. Also, cold temperatures and moisture can warp the neck, so if you do bring a guitar out make sure you put it up safely in your car before you go to sleep.

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