“Apache” by The Shadows – Tablature for Open GDG Cigar Box Guitars

“Apache” is an instrumental piece written in 1960 by Jerry Lordan. Since it’s inception it has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including; The incredible Bonjo Band, The  Shadows and The Sugarhill Gang.

The basic melody of the song as interpreted by the Sugarhill Gang was used in Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s 90’s hit, “Jump On It”.

The following tablature was written out to fit with the Shadows version for 3-String Cigar Box Guitars tuned to Open G – GDG.

It is recommended to have a recording of the song ready when practicing, as it will help get the timing down.

 G-2---2----------------2---2-----------------
 D---2---2-4-2-0-2----2---2---2-4-2-0-2-------
 G-----------------2-------------------2------

 G-2-7-2-7-2-4-2-0-2-------2---2--------------
 D-------------------0---2---2---2-4-2-0-2----
 G-----------------------------------------2--

 G--------------------------------------------
 D—--3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-2--
 G-5---------5---------5---------5-----------2

 G--------------------------------------------
 D---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-2--
 G-5---------5---------5---------5------------

 G-----0---0-2-4-2-0--------------------------
 D---2---4-----------2------------------------
 G-5------------------------------------------

 G-----0---0-2---2-0-----0---0-2-4-2-0--------
 D---2---4-----0-------2---4------------2-----
 G-5-----------------5------------------------

 G--------------------------------------------
 D—--3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-2--
 G-5---------5---------5---------5-----------2

 G--------------------------------------------
 D—--3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-2--
 G-5---------5----------5-----------5---------

 G--------------------------------------------
 D—-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-2---
 G-5--------5---------5---------5-------------

 G---2---2-----------------2------------------
 D-2---2---2-4-4-4-4-4-2-0---2----------------
 G--------------------------------------------

 G-2-7-2-7-2-4-4-4-4-2-0-7-0------------------
 D--------------------------------------------
 G--------------------------------------------

 G---2---2-----------------2------------------
 D-2---2---2-4-4-4-4-4-2-0---2----------------
 G--------------------------------------------

 G-----0---0-2-4-2-0--------------------------
 D---2---4-----------2------------------------
 G-5------------------------------------------

 G-----0---0-2-------------0---0--------------
 D---2---4-----0--4-4-4-4----4---4------------
 G-5------------------------------------------

 G-----0---0-2-4-2-0--------------------------
 D---2---4-----------2------------------------
 G-5------------------------------------------

 G--------------------------------------------
 D—--3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-2--
 G-5---------5---------5---------5-----------2

 G--------------------------------------------
 D-------------------------------6-6-6-6-6-5--
 G-1-1-1-1-1-5-5-5-5-5-8-8-8-8-8--------------

 G---2---2---------2--------------------------
 D-2---2---2-4-2-0----------------------------
 G--------------------------------------------

 

Arranged by Nick Lanciano

“I Still Miss Someone” by Johnny Cash – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

One-hand Dan Cigar Box Ukulele LessonIn this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the classic Johnny Cash song “I Still Miss Someone” on the cigar box ukulele.

A number of other big-name performers have also recorded the tune, including Emmy Lou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Don King, Flatt & Scruggs and even Jimmy Buffett.

Like many of Johnny Cash’s best-known songs, this one is a “three-chorder” – just C, F and G7 being needed to play it. 

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“If I Needed You” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson by One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old folk/country song “If I Needed You” on the cigar box ukulele.  This one was written by Townes Van Zandt and has been recorded by Emmy Lou Harris and other well-known performers.

 This song requires only 3 basic uke chords to play, so with a little practice anyone should be able to play it!

Uke Chord C - 0 0 0 3 Uke chords F G7 Cigar Box Ukulele Chord Form

“In the Pines” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the song “In the Pines”.

This is a great old folk/bluegrass/mountain song, a plaintive tale of longing and regret. Believed to have originated in the 1870’s, it has been recorded many times over the years, by artists such as Lead Belly, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, The Oakridge Boys, Dolly Parton and even Nirvana did a version.

You can learn more about the song on its Wikipedia page.

 

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“Open A” AEA Tuning on your Cigar Box Guitar: 4 Methods, with String Sizes & Sound Clips

Cigar Box Guitar StringsNot as widely used as some of the other open “power chord” 1-5-1 tunings, the A E A tuning is still a good one to try out and have in your toolbag. A full step higher than the more widely-seen Open G tuning, the high A note can be a bit too trebly for some people, but the lower tuning with the unwound .016″ as the middle A puts out a really nice sound.

This article gives you the exact strings to use to achieve this tuning on a cigar box guitar (or other instrument) that has a scale length in the range of 24.5 to 25.5 inches.

First, a disclaimer: these recommendations are made based on our experimentation in the C. B. Gitty shops, and it is what we have found to work. Other people may have different opinions, and they are welcome to them. I’m not trying to set any standards or lay down any laws – I am just going to tell you what works for us. 

Check out the various string sets available over at www.CBGitty.com!

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“Open D” DAD Tuning on your Cigar Box Guitar: 4 Methods, with String Sizes & Sound Clips

Cigar Box Guitar StringsThis article follows the format used in our first article on cigar box guitar tunings, which covered the GDG Open G method. If you read that article, you may find some of this repetitive – feel free to skip down to the bottom where the specific string sizes are listed! – Gitty

After the GDG “Open G” tuning, the next most popular on 3-string cigar box guitars is probably DAD “Open D”. This tuning actually shows up, in part, on standard 6-string guitars, in the alternate “DADGAD” tuning. The lower-pitch versions of this tuning really have a low, bassy feel because of that big low D string, so it can be a very interesting option for cigar box guitar builders.

I have actually personally tested and confirmed (and revised!) the string gauges listed below during the writing of this article, so this isn’t just theory and guessing!

These Open D string sets and Many More available over at www.CBGitty.com!

Before we dive in, a disclaimer: these recommendations are made based on our experimentation in the C. B. Gitty shops, and it is what we have found to work. Other people may have different opinions, and they are welcome to them. I’m not trying to set any standards or lay down any laws – I am just going to tell you what works for us. 

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“Open E” EBE Tuning on your Cigar Box Guitar: 4 Methods, with String Sizes & Sound Clips

Cigar Box Guitar StringsThis article follows the format used in our previous articles on cigar box guitar tuning. If you have read those articles, you may find some of this repetitive – feel free to skip down to the bottom where the specific string sizes are listed! – Gitty

The Open E tuning is not seen as often as the more popular GDG and DAD tunings, but it is a great alternative for cigar box guitar players, especially if you are playing a lot of blues. Shane Speal used this tuning on his recent album Holler!, on the track Big Leg Woman/Swing the Hammer.

Because of the bluesy feel of this tuning, we purposefully used a little smaller gauge strings on this tuning. The means that the strings are a little looser on the instrument, which is good for playing slide blues. If you like things a little tighter, try bumping up to medium or even heavy-gauge strings.

I have actually personally tested and confirmed (and revised!) the string gauges listed below during the writing of this article, so this isn’t just theory and guessing!

Before we dive in, a disclaimer: these recommendations are made based on our experimentation in the C. B. Gitty shops, and it is what we have found to work. Other people may have different opinions, and they are welcome to them. I’m not trying to set any standards or lay down any laws – I am just going to tell you what works for us. 

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“Open G” GDG Tuning on your Cigar Box Guitar: 4 Methods, with String Sizes & Sound Clips

Cigar Box Guitar StringsOf all of the three-string cigar box guitar tunings, the most popular is probably the G D G open G tuning. Featured on many how-to-play videos on YouTube and CigarBoxNation.com, this tuning has become the de facto standard for 3-string slide blues.

A lot of new builders run into the question of how they achieve this tuning – which strings they should use, whether to go with larger strings or smaller, and so I wanted to try to demystify the topic.

First, a disclaimer: these recommendations are made based on our experimentation in the C. B. Gitty shops, and it is what we have found to work. Other people may have different opinions, and they are welcome to them. I’m not trying to set any standards or lay down any laws – I am just going to tell you what works for us. 

These Open G string sets and Many More available over at www.CBGitty.com!

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“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” by Willie Nelson – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the song “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”, a fairly recent release by Willie Nelson.

Willie released this on his “Heroes” album in 2012, and it kind of sums up his long, often “smoky” career.

 

 

Uke Chord C - 0 0 0 3

 

D7 Ukulele Chord


“Stack-o-Lee” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson by One-hand Dan Russell

One-hand Dan Cigar Box Ukulele LessonIn this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old song “Stagger Lee” (also known as Stack-o-Lee, Stag-o-Lee and other titles) on the cigar box ukulele This classic number is part blues, part cajun and part history, and has been performed Mississippi John Hurt, Dr. John and many more musicians.  Five basic uke chords are used in this lesson, and while the progression is not what would be considered “standard”, it is still a nice easy one to play.

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“Take a Whiff on Me” (Cocaine Habit Blues) – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

This old American blues/folk song was recorded by Alan Lomax and first published in 1934. It has been recorded and released by a number of folk singers over the years, including The Byrds, Old Crow Medicine Show, Woodie Guthrie, Jerry Garcia and even the Flying Burrito Brothers!

In this video lesson, One-hand Dan Russell shows you how to play this great old song on the cigar box ukulele.

Here are the chords you’ll need to play it. Dan shows you the progression and sings the melody for you in the video. Note: In the video the chord form for D7 actually shows D flat 7 – be sure your first finger is barring on the second fret, not the first fret and you’ll be OK.

uke chords G G7 Cigar Box Ukulele Chord Form Uke Chord C - 0 0 0 3  D7


“The Midnight Special” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the old blues song “The Midnight Special”. This was a traditional folk song first popularized by Lead Belly, and has been recorded by many other artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, The Beatles, Burl Ives, Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

In this video lesson, Dan presents the song more in the style of Lead Belly than of some of the later adaptations. The chords and progression are nice and simple, so grab your uke and give it a try!

 

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