[FREE TAB] You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive – 2 & 3 string cigar box guitars

Learn how to play the mournful country classic You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive on your 3-string cigar box guitar and 2-string bass with the totally free-to-download tablature in this post.

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[FREE TAB] 2 & 3 String Tablature for Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

Learn how to play Copperhead Road by Steve Earle on your 3-string cigar box guitar and 2-string bass with the free tablature in this post. Continue reading “[FREE TAB] 2 & 3 String Tablature for Copperhead Road by Steve Earle”

How to Play On The Road Again by Willie Nelson – Free 2 & 3-string tab

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”

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

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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