How to Read and Use Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitars

If you have been unsure of how to make use of the cigar box guitar chord forms we’ve been adding to the knowledgebase here on, this document is for you! In this 3-page illustrated PDF we walk you through how to interpret the chord forms so that you can put them to use in your playing.

This document features three main sections: a breakdown of the chord form diagrams, clearly identifying each part; photos showing the chord forms being fingered on an actual cigar box guitar; and finally a full page of tips and tricks to making the best use of them.

Click the link or the image below to view the PDF. Feel free to print it and reproduce it for personal or educational use. We only ask that you do not attempt to sell it or use it for commercial purposes without permission.

How to Read and Use Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms PDF

Chord form How-to PDF

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2 thoughts on “How to Read and Use Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitars”

  1. Hey there Russ!

    Timing and rhythm are some of the toughest facets of playing to master.

    Unfortunately rhythm isn’t something that can be taught, at least in my experience.

    What helped me was to listen to songs I have always listened to and tried to find the bass or drums in the song. They’re always a solid place to find the rhythm. After a while you may start to see the patterns and be able to grasp the rhythm a little better.

    The timing is the easier part to practice. The best way would be to play along with a recording of the song you are trying to learn or use a metronome. Acoustic versions of songs are great for this, as you can more clearly hear the changing chords and it can be easier to match up.

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