Learn how to play Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again on your 3-string cigar box guitar and 2-string bass with the free tablature in this post. Continue reading “How to Play On The Road Again by Willie Nelson – Free 2 & 3-string tab”
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”
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”
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?
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.
by Glenn Watt
It’s the feel of your favorite bathrobe with a hot cup of coffee steaming in your hand on a morning when you can take your time to get your day going.
It’s the feel of a cold can of your go-to beer, the pop of the top, the condensation wetting your hand before sitting down in your chair to watch your favorite team for the afternoon.
It’s your old dog, faithful and loving, sitting next to you, waiting with loyal eyes to heed your every word.
The situations are all comfortable. Simple. They feel timeless, and like they are all your own.
These are things we seek to find stability and joy, reliability, and mastery.
Your cigar box guitar can provide for you these same things.
Creating something from what appears to be nothing is an impressive accomplishment. When that something can make music, well then it turns magnificent.
Your cigar box guitar can give you untold happiness
There is an undeniable nostalgia in re-purposing goods that seem to have lost value. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Creating something from what appears to be nothing is a beautiful accomplishment. When that something can make music, well then it turns magnificent.
However, building your cigar box guitar doesn’t have to involve using a tarnished, bent and twisted, old spoon as a tailpiece or a neck made from a privateer shipwreck. Parts for a guitar can easily all be purchased, some even pre-built. This is exceptionally handy when you have a modest supply of tools and a developing skill set.
The key is to make use of and develop whatever skills and tools you already have
The joy in the pure nature of the cigar box guitar can get lost with unrealistic expectations and standards. Don’t compare your skills, craftsmanship, or tools to what someone else has or has done. There are always going to be people further along the timeline of experience than you. And whatever tools and skills they have, have come over the course of time and possibly many builds.
To find the highest satisfaction in being a builder, develop these three skills
- Humility. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are terrific online communities and groups chock full of people who are glad to lend a hand. There is nothing wrong with not knowing how to get started or how to overcome a particular obstacle. Everyone began with their first build. So will you if you haven’t already.
- Acceptance. You will make mistakes. Embrace them. Each mistake you make, as small or as large as it may be, is an opportunity…no, an obligation for you to learn. Some of the greatest CBG designs that you can find have been born of a mistake turned into something positive.
- Gratitude. Be appreciative of the time you have to build, to explore, to create. Give thanks to those that will help you. It’s easy to gripe about not having enough time, not having the “right” tools, and having too much of the dreaded lack of know-how. It’s easy to fly off the handle if you scratch your pristine cigar box with a drill bit or drill a hole in the wrong place. It can be much more difficult to practice gratitude, but developing this tool will ensure continued growth and success as a builder.
These simple skills are imperative to a fulfilling experience.
So enjoy that hot cup of coffee in the morning while looking over your build. Hell, go ahead and build in your bathrobe.
Sit in your chair with your cigar box guitar and feel the instrument in your hands. Feel the weight of in build, the gravity of the situation. This is your creation. This product of your imagination produces music with your attention.
Care for your CBG. Keep it safe in its own place and in sight. Your cigar box guitar will wait for you, faithfully, to coax out of it the music you were meant to play.
It’s a simple thing. Find your enjoyment in its simplicity.
Glenn Watt is a maker of simple things. Join him in celebrating the cigar box guitar at glennwatt.com
Have you got a tiny little workshop? Have your building projects been relegated to a closet-sized area in the home? Do you feel like you are trying to fit a massive holiday family dinner for the whole clan onto a quaint little table for two?
Follow my four tips to overcome the obstacle of space limitation and enjoy the time you have in your own little workshop.