“Build Me Up Buttercup” is a feel-good rock and roll classic, first recorded by The Foundations in 1980 and covered a number of times since. The four page tablature presented here teaches you how to play both the melody and chords for 3-string cigar box guitars. Continue reading “Build Me Up Buttercup 3-String Cigar Box Guitar Tablature”
If you are looking to expand your cigar box instrument-building repertoire beyond the basic 3 and 4-string cigar box guitars, then consider taking a look at a classic instrument of American folk and roots music: the mountain dulcimer. A unique strummed/plucked instrument that is distinct from the hammered dulcimer, the mountain dulcimer is well suited to building with cigar boxes. In this article, experienced cigar box mountain dulcimer (CBMD) builder Diane from Chicago shares photos and discusses some of her methods for creating these beautiful instruments.
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