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“I’ll Tell Me Ma” – One-String Canjo Tablature

“I’ll Tell Me Ma” is a classic children’s song that originated in England around the 19th century.

It has since become somewhat of a staple in the Irish Session crowd, with a large number of well-known Irish bands such as the Tommy Makem, The Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners.

Here we have a knowledge base entry featuring tablature for Diatonically fretted One-String Canjos!

Click here for the free Canjo Tablature!

Red River Valley – New Tab entries for Canjos and GDG Guitars

Red River Valley is one of the top cowboy songs of all time and with our new knowledge base entry adds tablature arranged by Ben “Gitty” Baker for Diatonically fretted one-string Canjos.

Click here for the free knowledge base entry!

This classic was also tabbed out in three different versions for Cigar Box Guitars tuned to Open G – GDG by Glenn Watt.

Click here for the Cigar Box Guitar version!

Happy Playing!

Do you have any songs that you would like to see tabbed out? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

The Wearing of the Green – One-String Canjo Tablature

The melody of “The Wearing of the Green” has appeared in many different versions since it was first introduced in the late 1700s. It’s versatility makes learning it for your One-String Canjo all the better!

It can be adapted as easily as swapping out the lyrics for several of the songs listed below, making this a versatile song to have in your songbook.

Examples include “The Rising of the Moon” and “The Orange and the Green”.

Click here to jump to the knowledge base entry  for this FREE Tablature!

“Scotland the Brave” – Tablature for One-String Canjos

“Scotland the Brave” is one of the most well known patriotic songs of Scotland.

The composer of the melody is unknown, though it is said it first made the rounds in the early 1900s. The version we largely attribute to this anthem today was written around 1950 by Cliff Hanley, a Scottish journalist.

Today we present the melody of “Scotland the Brave” for Diatonically Fretted One-String Canjos.

Click here for the FREE tab of “Scotland the Brave”!

“Take me out to the Ballgame” – Tab for One-String Canjos

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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” has been a staple at American Baseball games since 1908.

Co-written by Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth, it is worthy to note that neither one had seen a baseball game before writing the song. Indeed, it would be a decades before either personally attended a game.

We have presented the basic melody as arranged for Diatonically Fretted One-String Canjos as well as the lyrics for the most well-known portion of the song.

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Oh My Darling, Clementine – Tab for Open G GDG Cigar Box Guitars

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Today’s FREE tab offering is the classic Western Folk Ballad, “Oh my Darling, Clementine”.

Here  we present two versions. One for the basic melody of the song as well as another that contains chords to help round the song out.


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Have a song that you would like to see tabbed out? Leave us a message in the comments!

Ballad of the Green Berets – Tab for Open G GDG Cigar Box Guitars

“The Ballad of the Green Berets”, written by Staff Sgt Barry Sadler, is our newest tablature for Cigar Box Guitars tuned to Open G. It can also be used for any of the other 1-5-1 tunings.

The basic melody and it’s slightly more advanced version, with accompanying chords, will be an easy and recognizable addition to your growing arsenal of songs on your guitar.

Click here for the FREE tab for this song!

Are there any other songs that you would like to see tabbed out? Have a tab you would like to share with the community? Leave us a message in the comments!

Open G GDG Cigar Box Guitar Tab: When Johnny Comes Marching Home

We’ve added a new Knowledge Base entry to our growing list of Open G GDG Cigar Box Guitar Tablature.

Today’s feature is “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, a popular tune that originated during the American Civil War. It has since been covered and adapted by numerous artist over the last 150 years.

Click here for the FREE tablature of this song!

What songs would you like to see tabbed out? Do you have one you would like to share with the community? Let us know in the comments!

Tips and Tricks for Building Cigar Box Mountain Dulcimers

A Trio of Cigar Box Mountain DulcimersEvery now and then it is nice to stop and consider a new challenge, or a new way to approach music.

In this informative article Diane, a builder of fine Cigar Box Mountain Dulcimers, gives a great overview of what goes into making one of these beautiful instruments.

From why they might be attractive to beginning and advanced players, to tips and tricks on building your own, it’s a great read.

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Battle Hymn of the Republic – Tab for Open G GDG Cigar Box Guitar

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic, also known as “Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory”,  is possibly one of the most well-known songs in the history of our nation.

Today’s knowledge base entry contains tablature for this classic American hymn on your Open G (GDG) Cigar Box Guitar.

Available as both the basic melody and a a version with chords, you’ll be playing along in no time!

Click here for the permanent knowledge base entry!