Shane Speal continues his diddley bow lesson with a one-string take on Muddy Waters’ “I’m a Man” riff.
Shane Speal dials in some otherworldly scales and sounds in this cigar box guitar improv. The guitar is tuned in open A (AEA) and is run through quite a few effects. Enjoy!
Shane Speal approaches the diddley bow with a very instinctual approach. He’s all about using his ears to find the notes. In this lesson, he shows the importance of the Magic Note on his one-string cigar box guitar.
German avant-garde composer, Hans Reichel created the Daxophone using hardwoods, contact mics and a violin bow for some otherworldly sounds. Shane Speal recreates the concept using a few simple objects including a yardstick, wood clamps and a clip on pickup.
Shane Speal doesn’t just build one cigar box guitar at a time. He makes entire batches of instruments…usually 6 or 12 at a time! In this video, he talks about how it increases quality and even saves money.
Mentioned in this article: Shane Speal’s Essential List of Bulk Guitar Parts: https://www.cbgitty.com/news/shane-speals-essential-list-of-bulk-parts-maximize-your-cigar-box-guitar-production/
Stay weird. Build weird guitars. Dream up fantastic inventions! Here’s Shane’s freakish baritone 3-string cigar box guitar.
CBGitty.com asked musicians what three songs are they most proud to have written and why. The first in the series features Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar. He selected three songs for their lyrical content and explains why.
The songs are:
- Mother Leeds – from the album Shane Speal: 12 Stones
- These Frustrating Blues – from the album Jug Fusion: The Complete Sessions
- Tattoo of You – from the album Shane Speal: 12 Stones
You can buy downloads of each song at http://shanespeal.com/shop-music
AJ Gaither, Ronn Benway and Ben Gitty discuss some of the finer points of being a traveling musician…and they play a little cigar box guitar music, too. From finding your own circuit of bars to song choices and even busking tips, these men talk from experience.
Shane Speal shows how he approaches his guitar playing like a drummer in order to keep the rhythm going. Also tips on using slapback delay and palm muted washboard rhythm.
Stay weird. Build weird guitars. Play them for others. Have fun. That’s the lesson Shane delivers in today’s video. Check out his wild diddley bow.
The members of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply have come together as musicians, calling themselves The Gitty Band, or “Gittyband” for short. Today, they tuned up their cigar box guitars, ukes and rocked out the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Bad Moon Rising. Office manager, Kim Starling delivers some hellfire vocals on this one.