The earliest surviving edition of this beloved children’s song dates back to the early 18th century, and today it is known throughout the western world. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…
Learn the melody for one of the oldest nursery rhymes on your One-String Canjo!
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In this video, Shane Speal goes back to the very beginning lessons of playing Slide Cigar Box Guitars. From slide placement to how to hold the pick, it’s a great video to watch when starting out on your new Cigar Box Guitar.
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Written in 1966 by Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, with help from author Robin Moore (The Green Berets), “The Ballad of the Green Berets” is one of the more popular songs to come out of the years during the Vietnam War.
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In this article we present two easy-to learn versions of the popular Vietnam War era song “Ballad of Green Berets”. One version has the basic melody, while the other has some chord accompaniment.
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In this article we present tablature the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for your One-String Canjo, brought to you by The American Canjo Company. We have also given you the first verse and chorus for the song, which can then be used for the rest of the verses of the hymn.
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“Battle Hymn of the Republic” or “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” was written by Julia Ward Howe during the first year of the American Civil War. Like many Folk songs of the time, the music was appropriated from another classic folk song, “John Brown’s Body”.
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Shane Speal shows a new idea for creating artistic pickguards using found materials: beer cans and tobacco tins. You’ll need tin snips, a drill with a very small bit and a pair of pliers. Don’t forget to wear gloves!
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Musical styles: Blues, Folk
Handmade instruments played: Cigar box guitar, diddley bow, cigar box bass, canjo…
She doesn’t have a distinct recollection of how she was introduced to music, just that is was always around her growing up. Belinda Gent can’t even cite a particular musical influence in her family, but the spark to create was deep inside her. Continue reading “Belinda Gent (bemuzic)”
Musical styles: Florida Swamp Blues, Mississippi Blues, Old-Time Americana, Originals
Handmade instruments played: cigar box guitar, cigar box fiddle, Lowebow
Ben was raised near the Everglades in Florida with nothing but the blues playing in the house. His grandfather’s influence made certain that Mississippi blues specifically helped to shape the boy’s musical interests.
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The 3-string cigar box guitar tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the song Blowin’ in the Wind, written and performed by Bob Dylan. This is one of the best known of Dylan’s songs, and is a bona-fide folk anthem. It also has a nice easy-to-play melody and chord structure. Continue reading “Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature”
Learn how to play “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” by Willie Nelson on your one-string canjo! Continue reading “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain – Willie Nelson”
Learn a little bit about how Furry Lewis made his first guitar out of a cigar box! Continue reading “Blues legend, Furry Lewis describes his first cigar box guitar”
This melody and rhythm combination is one of the basic building blocks of the blues, and an awful lot of songs have been recorded using it or variations of it. Feel free to make up your own words, and have fun with it! Continue reading “Boogie in G – 3-string Open G GDG – Cigar Box Guitar Tablature”