Shane Speal is known for using a 3/4″ socket as a slide. This video shows the secret of using the square fitting at the top as an intonation pointer, thus getting a more in-tune sound.
Category: How to Play Cigar Box Guitar
VIDEO: 3-string Finger Picking Technique for Cigar Box Guitar
Shane Speal shows his fingerpicking technique for 3-string Cigar Box Guitar.
3-String Cigar Box Guitar Tunings
Shane Speal shows various ways to retune a 3-string cigar box guitar.
The guitar is strung with A,D,G strings and tuned to GDG to start.
- G7, the Jazz Tuning – G,D,F (low to high)
- G6, Hawaiian Tuning – G,D,E (low to high)
- G add Gb, the New Agey tuning – G,D,Gb (low to high)
- Dirty D – D,D,A (low to high)
VIDEO: “The Stubby Slide Secret” – How to Play Cigar Box Guitar
Shane Speal shows how a simple choice of guitar slides can affect your playing. He uses a stubby, short slide. In this video, he uses a custom blown-glass guitar slide. In concert, you’re more likely to find him just using a simple 3/4″ socket on his finger.
“The One String Thing” – Playing Leads on One String of a Cigar Box Guitar
Shane Speal shows how he performs many of his leads on a single string. This technique has been used by Blind Willie Johnson, Dick Dale, sitar players and many others. It’s also a great way to get sounds out of a cigar box guitar!
Flute Sounds, Steel Guitar on Cigar Box Guitar using Volume Knob – Hot Licks Pt 5
Does your electric cigar box guitar have a volume knob? Use this trick to make your guitar sound like a flute or steel guitar. Demonstrated by Shane Speal.
Partial Slide Techniques for Cigar Box Guitars – HOT LICKS PT 4
Shane Speal shows his partial slide technique which allows certain strings to ring open while others played with a slide.
Make Your Cigar Box Guitar Quack Like a Duck – HOT LICKS PT 3
Because the world is demanding a new duck-inspired cigar box guitar song, right?
How to Play Cigar Box Guitar – HOT LICKS PT. 2
We continue the Hot Licks Cigar Box Guitar Series with this second installment. Grab your 3-string cigar box guitar, a slide and a VERY LOUD AMP!
How to Play Cigar Box Guitar: HOT LICKS PT 1
Grab your 3-string cigar box guitar and plug it into a loud amp. Shane’s gonna show you how to shred.
Dissonant Blues – A 6-string cigar box guitar tuning: Bb Bb Bb F G# Bb
Let’s get weird! Shane Speal shows off a freakishly dissonant tuning for 6-string cigar box guitar: Bb Bb Bb F G# Bb (low to high)