Use These Camping Devices To Provide A Rhythm Section For The Campfire Guitarist

27 December 2017
 Categories: Recreation & Sports, Blog

If you're a summer camp counselor and you're looking for activities for the evening, having a counselor play guitar around the campfire can be fun. While it can be fun to listen to someone strumming away around the campfire, your campers might wish to join in the soundtrack to the evening — and they shouldn't let the lack of an instrument foil them. Fortunately, there are several pieces of camping equipment that you can use in a pinch to provide a rhythm section for the guitarist. Your ingenuity will impress the group, and its members will have a blast contributing to the music. Here are some devices that you can use.

Plastic Cooler

You'll almost certainly have some hard-sided coolers handy, so drag some over to where you're sitting and show your campers how to sit atop it with their legs out to the sides. Bend forward slightly and drum on the end or side of the cooler, much in the same manner as those who play the wooden cajon drum at acoustic shows. Try drumming in both places, as the sound can often be different, and doing so will allow you to find the best spot to pound out a rhythm. You may even find that emptying the cooler partially changes the sound.

Metal Pots

Summer camp kitchens have several metal pots for cooking, so you can quickly retrieve them and use them to join in the evening of music. Armed with a stick, a ladle, or some other type of cooking utensil, you can hold the pot out in front of you and bang away to your heart's content. Remember, though, that less is more when it comes to this type of noise, and you may wish to merely accent the guitar player's music with the occasional bang. If you have a few pots and pans, test which one gives you the most favorable sound.

Glass Bottles

If you have a series of glass bottles, perhaps from soda, beer, or even from condiments, you can set a number of them out in front of the campers to play. As you might have learned as a child, bottles with different levels of liquids in them make different pitches, so a series of empty, full, and partially full bottles can create a number of different sounds. Use a metal utensil and you'll soon have a makeshift xylophone to join in the music for the evening.

Get in touch with a business like Corbin's Crusaders Sports Club to learn more.