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The Gitty Gang Show #68 – Veterans Day Episode

Did you miss The Gitty Gang Show this past Friday? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Here’s the entire video for your viewing pleasure, plus some time stamps for you to get to the most important segments in the show. Continue reading “The Gitty Gang Show #68 – Veterans Day Episode”

Free 2 & 3-String Tablature For Yesterday by The Beatles

Image of Paul McCartney including title text for tablature article

Learn how to play Yesterday by The Beatles on your 3-string cigar box guitar and 2-string G-Bass with the totally free tablature in this post.  Continue reading “Free 2 & 3-String Tablature For Yesterday by The Beatles”

These New Resonator Cones Are Perfect For Cigar Box Guitars

C. B. Gitty Hubcap Resonator Cone

Have you seen the new Hubcap Resonator Cones from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply? If you’re a maker or tinkerer, you’ll  find these cones interesting because things like this always get you thinking – what other common items could be re-purposed and re-thought in innovative ways?

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How To Play Mama Tried – Cigar Box Guitar & Bass Tablature

How do you learn to play Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried on a 3-string cigar box guitar and 2-string bass? With the clear, concise, and totally-free-to-download tablature in this post!

Mama Tried is a sorrowful story of the heartache a young man can cause his mother, inspired by Haggard’s own several stints in jail. In fact, it was while serving a sentence in San Quentin State Prison that Haggard saw Johnny Cash perform – an event that helped set Haggard on his way to becoming a country music pioneer and legend. 

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CIGAR BOX GUITAR VIDEO LESSON: R. L. Burnside’s “Nine Days In Jail”

TUNING:  C MINOR (IMPLIED) – A variation of the Open G tuning (GDG).  To get this tuning, simply take an Open G cigar box guitar and raise the middle string to Eb. 

The song, “Nine Days in Jail” is from R. L. Burnside’s album, My Black Name A-Ringin’.  

For reference, we present the original song.

R. L. played the original version in the key of C#minor…or somewhere near that.  (He probably didn’t use a tuner.)  Shane Speal arranges the song for Cminor using a new tuning that is very similar to Open G:  G Eb G. 

Here’s the lesson.  Enjoy!

Shane Speal