Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Open G GDG Listing ImageThe 3-string cigar box guitar tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the song Blowin’ in the Wind, written and performed by Bob Dylan. This is one of the best known of Dylan’s songs, and is a bona-fide folk anthem. It also has a nice easy-to-play melody and chord structure.

The printable tablature sheet linked below contains both the simple melody-only version as well as a more advanced version that includes some chords.

All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars. Be sure to check out our line of Open G GDG cigar box guitar string sets here!

We also have a video by Glenn Watt that shows you how to read and play this style of 3-string CBG tablature: click here to view it!

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: Blowin in the Wind by Bob Dylan – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Blowin in the Wind by Bob Dylan - Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

 

Camptown Races – 3-string Open G “GDG” – Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars

Stephen Foster did not believe in smiling for the camera.
Stephen Foster clearly did not believe in smiling for the camera.

For anyone who grew up watching old Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny Cartoons featuring Foghorn Leghorn, this song will be instantly recognizable.

Camptown Races is another classic American folk song written by Stephen Foster, who was the first American composer whose works were widely popular. He wrote this song and others like Oh Susannah in the middle of the 19th century for performance by the many minstrel groups that were popular at the time.

Thee tablature arrangements of this public domain song were created by cigar box guitar afficionado Glenn Watt. He has created two versions of the song – a simpler melody-line-only version, and then a little more advanced version that includes some chord strumming.

You can view the printable tablature sheet by clicking on the links or images below. You can also watch the video below where Ben “C. B. Gitty” Baker shows you how he plays the song on his 3-string cookie tin banjo tuned to high open G “GDG”.

Camptown-Races-chords Camptown Races by Stephen Foster – Melody Line Only – Tablature for 3-string Cigar Box Guitars

Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet for this song.
Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet for this song.

 Camptown Races by Stephen Foster – Chords & Melody – Tablature Sheet

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Irish Tune Set: 3 Polkas – 3-string Open G GDG – Chords & Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars

Open G GDG Listing ImageWhen most people think of cigar box guitars, they do not think of traditional Irish tunes… but it turns out that a lot of Irish tunes are fairly simple melodies and are quite well suited to playing on a 3-string cigar box guitar. So here are 3 of my favorite Irish polkas (the term polka refers to the time signature and rhythm of the piece, not any German origin), which I used to play when I was in an Irish band. You may recognize the second tune as the popular Irish/kids song “The Rattlin Bog/Bog Down in the Valley-o”, and the third one from the Irish party scene of James Cameron’s hugely popular movie The Titanic.

To play these in the traditional way, you treat the first line of notes in each tune as the “A” part and the second line as the “B” part. You repeat the A part twice and the B part twice, and then repeat the whole thing over again. AABBAABB, then move on to the next tune.

All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars. Be sure to check out our line of Open G GDG cigar box guitar string sets here!

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: Irish Polka Set – Traditonal Tunes Tablature for Cigar Box Guitar

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Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet.

Red River Valley – 3-string Open G GDG – Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars

Red River Valley is one of the top cowboy songs of all time, and also one of the first songs learned by any aspiring guitar player who went through the classic Mel Bay Guitar Method Volume 1 instruction book. More info about the song can be found in the Wiki article here.

This version of it has been arranged and tabbed by Glenn Watt. Glenn gives us three versions of the song – the basic melody line, and then the tabbed version with the chords, and finally a “double stop” version that provides an interesting take on a two-part harmony.

You can view the printable tablature sheets by clicking on the link or images below. You can also watch the video below where Glenn shows you how he plays (and sings!) the song on his 3-string cigar box guitar tuned to Open G “GDG”.

Red River Valley - MELODY ONLY Version. Click the image above to view the printable sheet.
Red River Valley – MELODY ONLY Version.
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Red River Valley - MELODY AND CHORDS Version. Click the image above to view the printable sheet.
Red River Valley – MELODY AND CHORDS Version.
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Red River Valley - DOUBLE STOP HARMONY Version. Click the image above to view the printable sheet.
Red River Valley – DOUBLE STOP HARMONY Version.
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Scotland the Brave – 3-string Open G GDG – Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars

Here is a piece of Cigar Box Guitar tablature by Glenn Watt for the song “Scotland The Brave”, which while not the official national anthem of Scotland is still near and dear to the hearts of most Scots. Though it does have words, we present it here as an instrumental piece since that is how it is most often heard when played by pipe and drum bands.

Click here for a printable PDF tab of Scotland the Brave. You can also view a short video of Glenn playing this tablature on his cigar box guitar below.

The Rattlin’ Bog (The Bog Down in the Valley)- 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Open G GDG Listing ImageThe tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the fun traditional Irish song “The Rattlin’ Bog”, also known as “Bog Down In the Valley-O”. This one is popular with kids and is a St. Patrick’s Day favorite.

All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars. Be sure to check out our line of Open G GDG cigar box guitar string sets here!

 

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: The Rattlin Bog

 

 

The Wild Rover (as performed by The Dropkick Murphys) – 3-string Open G GDG – Chords & Tablature for 3-string Cigar Box Guitars

Open G GDG Listing ImageHere’s the great old Irish pub/drinking song “The Wild Rover“, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day singalongs or any other gathering of Irish (or honorary Irish) folks all year round. The tablature sheet linked below will show you the melody, chord accompaniment and words and have you picking away and singing in a rich brogue in no time.

The exact origins and meaning of this song are contested (it may even have been an anti-drinking song of the temperance movement), but these days it is considered to be THE quintessential Irish drinking song. It has been recorded by pretty much every Irish band and performer ever… including The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, The Irish Rover, The Pogues, The Dropkick Murphys and many more. Just a note – to play this in the style of the Dropkick Murphys, you’ll need a lot of distortion and at least a fifth of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey.

All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars. Be sure to check out our line of Open G GDG cigar box guitar string sets here!

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: The Wild Rover Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet.
Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Open G GDG Listing ImageThe tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the classic folk rock song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot.

The Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior with all hands lost on November 10, 2014 and 39 years later to the day we post the tab for you here. The melody line is nice and simple, but good luck memorizing all of those verses!

All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars. Be sure to check out our line of Open G GDG cigar box guitar string sets here!

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald PDF

This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Open G GDG Listing ImageThe 3-string cigar box guitar tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the song This Land is Your Land, written and recorded by Woodie Guthrie. It has also been recorded by a number of other musicians over the years, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. Written in 1940 and first recorded in 1944, this song has become one of the best known and most-loved of the American folk anthems.

The printable tablature sheet linked below contains both the simple melody-only version as well as a more advanced version that includes some chords.

All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars. Be sure to check out our line of Open G GDG cigar box guitar string sets here!

We also have a video by Glenn Watt that shows you how to read and play this style of 3-string CBG tablature: click here to view it!

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: This Land is Your Land – Woodie Guthrie – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet.
Click the image above to view the printable tablature sheet.