RAGA NOVA: It's been six years since I filmed this little improv video below. As I recall, it was early morning and I wanted to hear something quiet. I went down in my studio and picked up this guitar specifically because it didn't have a standard cigar box guitar tuning like DAD or GDG. This one was in E major octave, EEG#. It's strangely beautiful...
I wanted to put my creative brain in unfamiliar territory, and since I don't use this tuning too much it was a good place to start.
Here's the process I used to create this piece:
What you see in the video is an improvisation using those riffs I came up with that morning. I was simply playing for my own enjoyment. It made me feel good to hear this guitar sing.
How to a cigar box guitar for E-E-G tuning using a standard pack of guitar strings:
Art and music and poetry are always worthwhile if it makes you smile. This song made me smile. Put yourself in unfamiliar territory. Make something pretty.
ps. I eventually recorded this song for my instrumental album, Empty Wooden Box (link).
Hmm...it might be time for me to record a new instrumental cigar box guitar album.
Has a nice mellow tone to it.
Wow, very Zeppelin-eske, maybe with a little bit of Floyd snuck in there, very nice sound
Shane that tuning really creates a cool, haunting sound. I'm still blown away by all the many different tunings that are possible with 3-string cigar box guitars. Haven't tried but a couple other than open G, but I am definitely open to learning and trying out many more, including this one. Thanks for bringing this to us!
I like that tuning Shane. Gonna have to try that on one of my gits.
Thanks for posting.