The tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the well-known spiritual Kum-Ba-Ya on a 4-string cigar box guitar tuned to Open G GDGB. We also have this for 3-string CBGs in a separate entry.
This song was first written down in the 1920’s, down in the sea islands off of South Carolina, where it was one of the spirituals the former slaves would sing in their unique “Gullah” language/dialect. Later it became a favorite of the folk revival in the 1950’s and 60’s, being recorded by Pete Seeger and a number of other folk musicians.
All of the cigar box guitar tablature here on CigarBoxGuitar.com is presented by The Southbound String Company, the only strings specifically chosen and voiced for cigar box guitars.
Click this link or the image below to view the printable PDF: KumBaYa Tablature for 4-string Cigar Box Guitars Tuned to Open G GDGB