How to Play EEB Tuning Cigar Box Guitar - Get easy, beautiful chords with this lesson

Shane Speal has been championing the 3-string "EEB" tuning for years and has written several songs with it.  In this lesson, he shows how you can start playing your own lush ballads by simply using two fingers for a moveable chord.  It also includes information on which strings to use when setting up EEB.

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Nice!! I'm goin' out right now to restring one of my gits!

I strung up a beautiful 3 string made by a friend.  It never quite pleased me in other tunings.   Hunh.  It wanted to be EEB !   Sounds so pretty.  I agree, Shane,  it seems to hold songs that want to come out.  I hope they do.

Question:  Jim or Shane.  I lack music theory and don't really want to learn it!!   How can I play a minor chord that goes with this key of E?   Probably a Cm?  

This is a versatile tuning.  I can play my usual simple blues stuff and slide - using the small string for the things I would normally use the middle string for.  Instead of my usual IVI tuning, this is a IIV. 

I can sing some in E, but I am better in G.  I wonder how a GGD version would be.   I know it would lack some of that great low tone.

I haven't strung one with this tuning yet Unc, but minor chords are certainly possible. For instance, an Em could be played with the 3rd fret on the 2nd string, strings 1 and 2 open. Also you could use the same theory that you use in GDg tuning which is that any open chord or straight across bar chord could be either major or minor since you're not including the 3rd of the chord which gives that major/ minor sound. I know this can be confusing if you don't have a handle on theory but suffice to say Eeb, like GDg is still a 1,5 power chord type interval and can be either major or minor. In the key of E the minor chord is C#m and could be played in Eeb by barring all 3 strings at the 9th fret. There are other, harder ways of doing this too but simple works for me in a pinch. I may have to do a short vid about this unless Shane jumps on it first.

Thanks, Shane - Awesome sound (and song)! If I were going to try that out, is there a 4-string tuning of EEB you would recommend?

Loving this tuning.   First HOUR playing the tuning and I wrote a song I like.   I made a video and posted it. Credits to  Shane.  

Jim, I am new at this, but wish I had used electric strings.   Low action seems best for what Shane is doing and what I did. 

On the Minor chord question,  all the fretted chords have a bit of a happy sad minor 7th sound to my not well educated ear. 

Well I like what you did Unc. I agree with you on the sound of the chords and I explored it a little and tried to explain without getting all technical in the video I just finished.
Here it is
https://youtu.be/GaV_LyrJ4_o

I learned a couple things about EEB this week. 

To do it well, you need a guitar with very good intonation up the neck.   Your E strings fretted at the 12th should be a near perfect E.  At the 5th should make a near perfect A.    At the 7th they should make a near perfect B etc.  If not, it will not sound quite right.  And if it is right, it can sound beautiful.

It will be much easier to play and sound good if the action is low.   

 Light or electric stings make it easier too.

Great tuning.  Best with a well setup guitar.

No flats for all 3 notes, so yeah it has to be spot on. ;)

Love the sound from this tuning.  I would like for you to cover the right hand strumming patterns as well as the left hand fingering.  I think this would help everyone in trying to learn to be a better player.  Love CBG.

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