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CBG Tabs

So you built your CBG and now you need something to play on it, right? Well, if you're not completely musically inclined or can't read traditional music, tabs are your answer. If you're like me, you read tabs and sometimes make them. Paste'em here.

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Tabs here is as a learning tool -- NOT for profit.

I'll also upload some blank tab sheets. Just let me know what you think and if I need to add anything.

Discussion Forum

How To Read 3 String Cigar Box Guitar Tab

Started by Glenn Watt. Last reply by TN Twang 5 hours ago. 5 Replies

Looking For Tabs For "Man Of Constant Sorrow" Soggy Bottom Boys version .

Started by Piht Bull (Delta Dawg Guitars). Last reply by Ole Christensen Sep 20. 5 Replies

Summer Wine

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Comment by Brown Water Jerry (Rice) on Tuesday

Dgbd tuning is the same as 5 string banjo, so banjo tab should work as well as banjo chords.

Comment by C. B. Gitty (Ben) on November 7, 2014 at 11:37am

We're building a library of free song tabs for 3-string cigar box guitars over at The library is currently fairly small but will grow quickly. Check it out!

Comment by Glenn Watt on November 2, 2014 at 10:30am

I haven't been posting much that is bluesy. And here is another fine example of that :)

It's the US national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. I'm posting screen caps and downloadable pdfs of tabs I have put together. One is for just the melody and the second is for the melody and chords.

here is the image of the tab with just the melody

Downloadable pdf of Star Spangled Banner (just melody)

and here is the image of the tab with melody and chords

Downloadable pdf of the Star Spangled Banner (melody and chords)

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on October 26, 2014 at 10:39pm

I know his stuff sure helped me on my path. Sort of a Zen Satori moment after beating my head against the wall. I still have a long way to go, but I'm able to make much more melodic noise now.

Comment by Glenn Watt on October 26, 2014 at 7:45pm

Thomas Petry,

Justin Johnson is an excellent resource. I came to the conclusion, years ago, that it is best for me to listen to others that know more than I do. Justin is no exception to that. 

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on October 26, 2014 at 12:14pm

Justin Johnson makes the comment on one of his videos not to worry about weather its a minor or 7th chord or whatever, if it calls for a G minor or C 7th or whatever just play a G or C. Simple but it works.

Comment by Glenn Watt on October 26, 2014 at 9:42am

Oscar Myer

you bet, my man

TN Twang

I too have faced similar issues when playing slide guitar. When you posted your solution to the problem, I nearly face palmed myself. Thank you for offering your solution. It makes complete sense.

Comment by TN Twang on October 25, 2014 at 7:48pm

Great! Many thanks.

After pondering some, I realized that I CAN play your "2-0-2" tab with the slide if I don't actually play the bass string. That way I can play both your tabs so far and the "2-0-2" just becomes "X-0-2" because I put the slide against the top string, second fret; play the middle string open; and don't play the bass string.

(Probably nobody cares but me, but I've gotta' have something to keep my mind occupied.)


Comment by Oscar Myer on October 25, 2014 at 8:07am

Thanks Glen.

Comment by Glenn Watt on October 24, 2014 at 10:36pm

John E. Curley

I hope it worked out for you

TN Twang

I like simple stuff, hence my love for the cigar box guitar. So I hear ya when it comes to simple tabs. Thank you for the kind words.

Oscar Myer

I am sorry that I haven't responded until now. The tuning I used for this tab was GDG. I hope this helps.


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