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”

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

 

“What is a Chord?” With Ben “Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt

Click the image above to get downloadable PDFs of 3 different Chord families!

In this instructional video from Cigar Box Nation TV, Ben “Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt of C. B. Gitty get right down to the foundations of chords for 3-string GDG Cigar Box Guitars.

They cover what makes a chord, how read them from diagrams and how to play them!

Back to Basics: What are Chords?

In this instructional broadcast, Ben and Glenn will get right down to the foundations of playing 3-string Cigar Box Guitars, talking about Chords. What they are, how to play them, how to read chord forms and diagrams, and more. Tune in at Noon (U. S. Eastern Time) and join in with your questions and comments. Or just play along!

Posted by Cigar Box Nation on Friday, April 7, 2017