“I Still Miss Someone” by Johnny Cash – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

One-hand Dan Cigar Box Ukulele LessonIn this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the classic Johnny Cash song “I Still Miss Someone” on the cigar box ukulele.

A number of other big-name performers have also recorded the tune, including Emmy Lou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Don King, Flatt & Scruggs and even Jimmy Buffett.

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“If I Needed You” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson by One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old folk/country song “If I Needed You” on the cigar box ukulele.  This one was written by Townes Van Zandt and has been recorded by Emmy Lou Harris and other well-known performers.

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“In the Pines” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the song “In the Pines”.

This is a great old folk/bluegrass/mountain song, a plaintive tale of longing and regret. Believed to have originated in the 1870’s, it has been recorded many times over the years, by artists such as Lead Belly, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, The Oakridge Boys, Dolly Parton and even Nirvana did a version.

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“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” by Willie Nelson – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the song “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”, a fairly recent release by Willie Nelson.

Willie released this on his “Heroes” album in 2012, and it kind of sums up his long, often “smoky” career.

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“Stack-o-Lee” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson by One-hand Dan Russell

One-hand Dan Cigar Box Ukulele LessonIn this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old song “Stagger Lee” (also known as Stack-o-Lee, Stag-o-Lee and other titles) on the cigar box ukulele This classic number is part blues, part cajun and part history, and has been performed Mississippi John Hurt, Dr. John and many more musicians.  Five basic uke chords are used in this lesson, and while the progression is not what would be considered “standard”, it is still a nice easy one to play.

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“Take ’em Away” by Old Crow Medicine Show – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the song “Take ’em Away” by the Old Crow Medicine Show on the cigar box ukulele.

Like many popular songs, this one is a “three-chorder” – just C, F and G being needed to play it. 

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“Take a Whiff on Me” (Cocaine Habit Blues) – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

This old American blues/folk song was recorded by Alan Lomax and first published in 1934. It has been recorded and released by a number of folk singers over the years, including The Byrds, Old Crow Medicine Show, Woodie Guthrie, Jerry Garcia and even the Flying Burrito Brothers!

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“The Midnight Special” – Cigar Box Ukulele Lesson from One-hand Dan Russell

In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the old blues song “The Midnight Special”. This was a traditional folk song first popularized by Lead Belly, and has been recorded by many other artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, The Beatles, Burl Ives, Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

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A Homemade Hawaiian (Cigar Box) Ukulele – Popular Mechanics June, 1917

This article on how to build a cigar box ukulele comes from the June, 1917 edition of Popular Mechanics. In it S. H. Samuels walks the reader through the basics of constructing a uke, which in 1917 “was made at a cost of 30 cents, by careful selection of materials from the shop scrap stock.”

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Cigar Box Ukulele Kit Assembly Guide

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This is the full how-to guide from C. B. Gitty’s Cigar Box Ukulele kit. While written with a focus on assembling the kit C. B. Gitty sells (which includes all of the parts and hardware you need in one easy package), this how-to guide is a good general introduction to building a cigar box ukulele, and could be useful if you want to try it on your own from scratch.

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Cocaine Blues in the style of Townes Van Zandt – Cigar Box Ukulele lesson #4 from One Hand Dan

In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play his take on the classic blues song “Cocaine Blues”, as performed by Townes Van Zandt on the cigar box ukulele. Five basic uke chords are used, making this a nice easy one for both beginners and more seasoned players alike!
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Ho Hey by the Lumineers – Cigar Box Ukulele lesson #3 from One Hand Dan

In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play his take on the popular song “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers on the cigar box ukulele. Four simple uke chords are used, making this a nice easy one for both beginners and more seasoned players alike! Continue reading “Ho Hey by the Lumineers – Cigar Box Ukulele lesson #3 from One Hand Dan”

How to Make a Simple Cigar Box Guitar (Metric Included)

Here’s the ultimate beginners guide to make your own 3 string cigar box guitar

By Glenn Watt

Do you wonder how difficult it would be to make a cigar box guitar?

Are you worried that you don’t have the tools or experience to do such a thing?

Look, not only can you make a cigar box guitar, but you will with this easy-to-follow plan.

This plan starts out by listing the tools you’ll need.

Then you’ll see the resources and hardware that you’ll use.

After that, you’ll follow a clear, step-by-step plan filled with crisp, colorful images to build a 3 string, fretless, cigar box guitar.

Enough with all the talk. Let’s do this!

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