One-Hand Dan Russell shows you how to play “The Midnight Special” on your Cigar Box Ukulele using only 3 chords!
Build Me Up Buttercup is an irresistable, toe-tapping song that was originally released by the Temptations in 1980.
The following knowledge base was crafted by Glenn Watt contianing tablature for both the melody of the song, as well as a version with supporting chords.
As a bonus, there is a video of Glenn teaching you how to play this song on your guitar!
Amazing Grace is great first stop for new musicians. It’s instantly recognizable and once you get the notes down, you can change up the order and find many more songs hidden within the same framework!
There is also a version available for 4-string guitars as well, tuned GDGB. You can find it here.
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Installing a magnetic pickup into your Cigar Box Guitar can really help builders sell their guitars, as well as open up the instrument to a world of new and interesting sounds and styles.
In this how-to article, Glenn Watt shows you how you can take C. B. Gitty’s Pre-wired 4-pole Single Coil Pickup harness, and install it into your guitar.
The installation guide can even be used for other styles of Single-Coil pickups as well, making it a great guide to save into your favorites for your next build.
“Home on the Range” started out as a poem in 1872, penned by Dr. Brewster. M. Higley.
It wasn’t until 1933 when Bing Crosby recorded a new version of the American West’s unofficial anthem, that the song’s popularity was rejuvenated and it was cemented in the American Songbook.
Below you can find the free PDF tablature for the song’s fairly straightforward melody.
It is a great one to break out when picking alone on the porch or fireside sessions!
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One of the most well-known fiddle songs sounds great on an Open GDG Cigar Box Guitar.
The melody of this song is fairly fun to play, and can be a great exercise in moving around the fretboard.
One-hand Dan Russell plays a mean Ukulele, and in this video he shows you how to play classic Folk song “In the Pines” on your Cigar Box Ukulele.
This song has been covered by many different bands and artists over the years, some from vastly different genres of music ranging from Country legend Dolly Parton to grunge Superstars Nirvana.
Check out the video how-to play lesson below.
The following article was penned by the King of Cigar Box Guitars himself, Shane Speal any Creole Fiddle legend, Canray Fontenot.
This article serves as a mini biography of Canray, delving into how he built his first fiddle and giving a fond overview of his career as a musician.
Today’s FREE PDF download is a steady walk up and down a scale that has formed the basis for a large number of blues songs over the years.
Originally tabbed out for Cigar Box Guitars tuned to Open G, this riff will also work for any of the other 1-5-1 tunings!
The best part about scales like these is that you won’t need to go past the 5th fret to play an entire song!
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Our newest entry into our library of free tablature is the melody for the song Carrickfergus, recorded as “The Kerry Boatman” by Dominic Behan in 1965, though the origins go back even further to the 18th century.
Click the image below for the Knowledge Base entry and the FREE PDF download!
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Iko Iko was first released in 1953 by Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters, under the title “Jock-A-Mo”. It wasn’t until 1965, when the Dixie Cups covered it as “Iko Iko” that it made the charts.
The subject of the song is based on the traditional confrontations disagreements between two Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
More info about the subject on the Wikipedia article.
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“Apache” is the newest addition to our expanding tab-list for Cigar Box Guitars tuned to Open G – GDG. As an instrumental piece, this tab will also work beautifully for other 1-5-1 tunings.
This was arranged by Nick Lanciano at the request of a member of the Cigar Box Guitar community.
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