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


Ed Stilley’s Guitars – as photographed by Bill Jagitsch.

Cigar box guitar builder/performer, Bill Jagitsch (aka Bluesboy Jag) recently visited the Old Statehouse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas to witness the “True Faith/True Light:  The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley” display.  (Read about it in our companion piece over at Cigar Box Nation.)

Here is the entire photo gallery of his visit.

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