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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.

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How To Read 3 String Cigar Box Guitar Tab

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

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Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on Monday

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 Sunday

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 Sunday

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 Sunday

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 Saturday

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 Saturday

Thanks Glen.

Comment by Glenn Watt on Saturday

I know that there are a ton of tabs out there for Amazing Grace but I would like to share the one I have typed up as well. I hope that this is of help to you. The tuning I used is GDG

downloadable pdf:

Amazing Grace

an image of it to post here:

Comment by Glenn Watt on Saturday

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.

Comment by Oscar Myer on October 20, 2014 at 3:57pm

Glen, what was the tuning you used for,  "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"?

Comment by TN Twang on October 18, 2014 at 4:12pm

Nice tab.

I can make everything work on an unfretted, slide 3-string except for the 2-0-2 pattern 4 measures before the end. For that I need to put the slide on the 7th fret position and strum just the middle and bass strings--leaving the treble string silent. (I guess the tab would be x-7-7.)

I know a lot of you guys are confident with making fretboards, but I'm still enamored of my primitive slide-only guitars.

There are discussions elsewhere on CBG Nation about publishing complex tabs to help advanced players. That's great, but we all need more basic tabs like this one to help us learn to play without unreasonable amounts of effort. Please keep 'em coming.


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