Rick's Cigar Box Guitar University

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What if you live in an apartment, have no tools and no woodworking skills but want to build a CBG? Click here to see my solution. I know it's cheating. :)
How To Play The 3-String CBG
We start out with tuning the CBG and how to read the Tab. Then we introduce the Steady Bass technique. On top of the steady bass we add some Licks and combine them into a song called Ten Mile Stomp. After that we introduce the 12-Bar Blues and some great Blues Licks. Like we did with the steady bass, we combine these licks into a 12-bar solo. The 12-Bar Jam Session gives you a chance to practice the solo or try out licks of your own.

Note: This lesson is in the key of E. If you are tuned GDG you can tune down to play along or simply use the same licks in the key of G.

If you work your way through this course you will be playing some great funky blues on your 3-String CBG!!!
Booklet containing all tabs and diagrams (pdf)
Welcome (video)
Lesson 1: Tuning The 3-String CBG (video)
Lesson 2: How To Read The Tab (video)
Lesson 3: The Steady Bass (video)
Lesson 4: Licks For The 3-String (video)
Lesson 5: Ten Mile Stomp (video)
Lesson 6: 12-Bar Blues Introduction (video)
Lesson 7: Blues Licks (video)
Lesson 8: 12-Bar Solo (video)
Lesson 9: 12-Bar Jam Session
Closing Comments (video)
Sportin' Life Blues (video) Lyrics and Chords (pdf)
Musical Ideas
The following are not lessons, just songs that may give you some musical ideas. Feel free to copy the licks and incorporate some of these ideas into your own songs. If you are inspired to write a song I would love to hear it! Send me a link. My email address is rmckeon4@cableone.net
Gold King Blues (video)
Amazing Grace (video)
Miller Creek (video)
Whiskey Row Blues (video)
Walnut Creek Blues (video)
Music Theory For The 3-String Cigar Box Guitar
Chord Construction For The 3-String CBG (video) Chord Construction (pdf)