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!
Get the free 3-string cigar box guitar tablature for John Denver’s classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
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!
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
Here’s a little inspiration from The King of the Cigar Box Guitar.
Shane Speal demonstrates an ultra easy “Double E” tuning on a steel instrument built by Pete Regan of Alabama.
Shane Speal shows off an Esus2 tuning (E,B,F# low to high) on a 3-string cigar box guitar. This is tuning in fifths, similar to the tuning styles of mandolins and violins.
Shane Speal shows us how to play the pretty little riff in his song, Late Autumn Longshadow from the album, Empty Wooden Box. You will need a slide cigar box guitar, 3 strings tuned GDG.
Shane finishes his Diddley Bow series by encouraging you to develop your ear. Check it out!
Shane Speal continues his Diddley Bow lesson series by showing the riffs from his song, 16 Miles to Saltsburg. Originally played on a 2×4 diddley bow, Speal uses a one string cigar box guitar for this video lesson.
Shane Speal continues his diddley bow lesson with a one-string take on Muddy Waters’ “I’m a Man” riff.
Shane Speal approaches the diddley bow with a very instinctual approach. He’s all about using his ears to find the notes. In this lesson, he shows the importance of the Magic Note on his one-string cigar box guitar.