Home on the Range – 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 anthem of the American West, Home on the Range.

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!

If you need some help with this style of tablature, here’s a video where Glenn Watt shows you how to read it

Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: Home on the Range Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars PDF

Home on the Range Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars
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Home on the Range – Traditional

A classic American song, evoking images of the wild west, cowboys and the wide open vistas of the plains. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

American Canjo Company

Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

Canjo Diagram

Home on the Range

0  0    3  4 5     3     2   1   6 6 6
Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam
5   6   8    3   3   3 2 3    4
And the deer and the antelope play
0     0     0   3  4  5     3 2  1   6 6   6
Where there seldom is heard a discouraging word
6   6   5     4   3   2   3  4   3
And the skies are not cloudy all day
Chorus
8     6    5  4   5      0     0   3    3   3   3 2 3    4
Home, home on the range… where the deer and the antelope play
0     0     0   3  4  5     3 2  1   6 6   6
Where there seldom is heard a discouraging word
6   6   5     4   3   2   3  4   3
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

To learn more about this classic American song, and to find more verses, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014

Homemade Drum Kit being Played, filmed in New Orleans 1928

This video from December 4, 1928 shows a young African American (likely identified as “CoCoMo” Joe Barthelemy) playing a homemade drum kit consisting of a wooden box, tin cans and cake tin cymbals. As he plays, two other boys dance. This type of homemade instrument was a part of the New Orleans “spasm band” tradition, which began in the late 1900’s on the streets of the city, playing a variety of Dixieland, skiffle, jug music and other forms of early jazz forerunners.

Usually the term “spasm” was applied to bands, often made up of children, which crafted their instruments out of cast-off items and junk. Drum kits made out of wooden boxes and tin cans, cymbals made from pie plates, horns made from old pipes and parts of other instruments, and of course guitars and fiddles made from cigar boxes and other items. These spasm bands were not just one of the forerunners of what we know as jazz… they are also a key part of the history of homemade musical instruments.

Click the image below to visit the University of South Carolina page where you can watch the full video, which is itself a series of excerpts from a longer film.

Homemade Drum Kit 1928
Click the image above to visit the University of South Carolina page where the video can be viewed.