Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Tablature for One-String Canjos

Here we have 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.

0    8  5   4  2   4    1
Take Me out to the ball game
0    8  5   4    2   4
Take me out with the crowd
5   4  5    2  3    4   5     3  1
Buy me some peanuts and crack-er-jacks
5 5     5    7  8 9  7   5   4
I don’t care if I ne-ver get back
2  1    0     8     5    4   2   4    1
So It’s Root, Root, Root for the home team
1  0    1     2   3    4 5
If they don’t win it’s a shame
5   7    8    8    8     7       5      4
For It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
2  4   5   7    8
At The Old Ball Game

The Cajon – A short history

The cajon (the Spanish word for box) has been part of Afro-Peruvian music since the 19th century. This wonderful percussion instrument originated in colonial Peru, when the African slave drums had been forbidden by their masters.

Basic CajonThe cajon (the Spanish word for box) has been part of Afro-Peruvian music since the 19th century. This wonderful percussion instrument originated in colonial Peru, when the African slave drums had been forbidden by their masters. Undeterred and driven by the power of music they began using wooden boxes intended to hold fruits or overturned drawers to play their rhythms upon. Later the cajon was officially added to the instrumentation of the vals criollo, or “creole waltz.” It has now become a national emblem for Peruvians, and is an indispensable part of any ensemble that performs the traditional folk music of Peru.

Many stories can also be found in Cuba about how cajons can be used as musical instruments by the marginalized masses. In the early 1960’s, Fidel Castro began getting nervous about the anti-Communist rallies forming in the streets, where masses were being drawn to the beat of drums and the sound of music. As most paranoid dictators do, Fidel “forbid” the playing of music in the streets in order to control the possibility of rebellion. The clever Cubans began to make drums from fruit boxes and other crude materials that one might find on any street. When the police arrived they would only find well behaved citizens sitting atop their fruit boxes and looking for work. Continue reading “The Cajon – A short history”

The Gambler as Recorded by Kenny Rogers – 3-string Open G GDG – Tablature for Cigar Box Guitars

This is one of the best known of the classic country songs, and now you can play it on your cigar box guitar! Don Schlitz wrote this song and Kenny Rogers made it famous with his cover of it in 1978. This version of it has been arranged and tabbed by Glenn Watt. Glenn gives us two versions of the song – the basic melody line, and then the tabbed version with the chords.

You can view the printable tablature sheets by clicking on the link or images below. Glenn presents 3 versions of this song – a simple melody-only version, melody with chords, and finally just the chords with lyrics. You can also watch the video below where Glenn shows you how he plays the song on his 3-string cigar box guitar tuned to Open G “GDG”.

 

Click the image above to view the Melody-only version.
Click the image above to view the Melody-only version.

 

Click the image above to view the melody and chords version.
Click the image above to view the melody and chords version.

 

Click the image above to view the chords & lyrics version.
Click the image above to view the chords & lyrics version.

We hope you are able to make great music with this tab! Be sure to check out all of the other tablature and how-to-play articles for cigar box guitars posted here on CigarBoxGuitar.com.

The Parting Glass – Traditional Irish Song Tab for One-String Canjos


The Parting Glass is a well known Traditional Irish song that is often sung at the end of of the night at Irish sessions and at gatherings.

Below is version of the tab of the basic melody, arranged for One String Canjos.

5 4 3   1   1 0    1    3    5  4
O-f all the money, that e’er I  had

3 4    5     5  5  4 3  4 5  1 0
I have spent it i--n good comp-any

5 4 3   1   1     0    1  3 5    4
O-f all the harm, that e’er I’ve done

3 4 5  9 8    5  4    1 0 1
A-l-as it was to none but me

8   8  5 9    8     8   8  5 9  8
And a-ll I’ve done, for want of wit

5  6 5    4   3 4   5 1 0
To memory now I can’t recall

5 4 3    1  1   0 1 3  5    4
S-o fill to me, a-- parting glass

3  4 5     9   8   5 4 3    1 0 1
Good Night and joy b-e with you all

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 Star Spangled Banner – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature

This tablature was created by Glenn Watt.

All of the ciOpen G GDG Listing Imagegar 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!

This tablature is meant for playing on a 3-string cigar box guitar (or other instrument) tuned to GDG (though any open chord 1-5-1 tuning like DAD or EBE would work as well). The first version presents just the melody line from the song, and the second version shows you how to add some chords as well. The first version is well suited for an unfretted (slide) instrument, but to hit the chords shown in the second version a fretted instrument would be needed.

Click Here to view a how-to video where Glenn shows you how to read this style of tablature.

Version 1 – Melody Line Only

(Click here to download a printable PDF)

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Version 2 – Melody and Chords

(Click here to download a printable PDF)

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The Wearing of the Green – One-String Canjo Tablature


“The Wearing of the Green” is an old street ballad that originated in Ireland during the Irish Rebellion of 1796.

The melody has been used in many different songs and ballads over the years, and can be adapted as easily as swapping out the lyrics, making this a versatile song to have in your songbook.

Examples include: “The Rising of the Moon” and “The Orange and the Green” but there are many others.

0 1 2  2  2     1   2   4   4    2   2    1      1 2   1       
O - Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that's going round?
4   5   3    8  7  5    4  2     0  2    0  0 1    0    
The Shamrock is forbid, by laws, to grow on I-rish ground!
0 1 2    2   2 1       2   4     4    2   2  1   1    2  1
N-o more St. Patrick's day we'll keep his co-lor last be seen;
4    5       3 8   7  5   4 2      0   2  0    0  1   0
For, there's a bloody law a-gainst the Wearing of the Green!

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, 1975 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.

This Train is Bound for Glory – 3-string Open G GDG – Chords & Tablature for 3-string Cigar Box Guitars

Open G GDG Listing ImageThe tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the well-known spiritual This Train is Bound for Glory on your 3-string Cigar Box Guitar tuned to Open G GDG.

This song was first written down in the 1920’s, and was popularized by John and Alan Lomax including it in their field recordings from the 1930’s. It has also been called one of the foundational songs of Rock and Roll – see the Wikipedia article for much more information.

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: This Train is Bound for Glory – Chords and Tablature for 3-string Cigar Box Guitars

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

This Train is Bound for Glory – 4-string Open G GDGB – Chords & Tablature for 4-string Cigar Box Guitars

Open G GDG Listing ImageThe tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the well-known spiritual This Train is Bound for Glory on your 4-string Cigar Box Guitar tuned to Open G GDGB.

This song was first written down in the 1920’s, and was popularized by John and Alan Lomax including it in their field recordings from the 1930’s. It has also been called one of the foundational songs of Rock and Roll – see the Wikipedia article for much more information.

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: This Train is Bound for Glory – Chords and Tablature for 4-string Cigar Box Guitars

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

Turkey in the Straw – Tablature for Open GDG Cigar Box Guitars

Presented by the Southbound String Company. Strings specifically voiced for your Cigar Box Guitar!

“Turkey in the Straw” is an American folk song that originated during the early 1800’s and is perhaps one of the most well-known tunes played on a fiddle.

Here we present the well-known verse for Cigar Box Guitars tuned to Open GDG. It can also be adapted to other 1-5-1 tunings as well.

Click on the tab below for the downloadable PDF!

Twelve Bar Blues in G – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature with Video Lesson

Open G GDG Listing Image This melody and rhythm combination is one of the basic building blocks of both the Blues and Rock and Roll. Hundreds of songs have been recorded using it or variations of it. It is a great progression for jam sessions and improvisation. 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: 12 Bar Blues in G Cigar Box Guitar Tablature PDF View the video below to see and hear C. B. Gitty playing this exact tablature. 12 Bar Blues inG Cigar Box Guitar Tablature PDF

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – 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 well-known children’s song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star PDF.