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Justin Johnson's newly released cigar box guitar double album "Smoke & Mirrors" celebrates the past, present, and future of handmade American Roots instruments.

The "Smoke" album highlights the builds of modern luthiers, and was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio, the “Birthplace of Rock & Roll,” using the studio’s combination of vintage equipment and modern technology to showcase the corresponding qualities in the 18 modern roots instruments featured.

The "Mirrors" album is a historical retrospective that showcases American Roots instruments, through acoustic recordings on 8 pre-WWII relic instruments from Bill Jehle's Cigar Box Guitar Museum.  These acoustic field recordings took place at the authentic Crossroads of Blues legend, and at Shack Up Inn on the historic Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale Mississippi, “The Birthplace of the Blues,” with engineers from Sun Studio, who stayed on for this second half of the project.

Two enclosed full-color 24 page booklets are packed with photos of the journey, and of each of the instruments used in the recordings, along with detailed descriptions of the modern instruments featured on the "Smoke" album, and the stories behind the museum relics that shine on the "Mirrors" album. 

Get back to your Roots! Learn the songs, techniques, and musical styles that molded  our American Musical Traditions.  

People have been crafting musical instruments from found objects for thousands of years. These instruments spawned the musical roots of Blues, Traditional, Folk, and Gospel genres in a very literal way, because the original innovators of these genres generally started playing on homemade instruments like the One String Diddley Bow and 3-String Guitar. Because of this, roots instruments informed the approach that these musicians took... So if you want to play roots music, you need to learn how to play roots instruments! 

For centuries music was passed down from one person to another in the folk tradition.  One person would play and explain a song, riff, or style, imparting the knowledge needed to perform the piece to another.  Learning in this traditional way improves the student’s ear and gets them thinking about music as MUSIC, not as notes on paper.  This is the approach that Justin takes to teaching the songs, riffs, and techniques in this DVD Series.  In other words, you will learn music the way that the Roots music pioneers learned... person-to-person and note-by-note!

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G Blues Scale in Open G Tuning

"Thank you for sharing Justin. Now I need to practice,practice, practice."
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G Blues Scale in Open G Tuning

"Thanks for sharing Justin. This is exactly how I tune all my CBG's that are setup with guitar strings. (Exceptions are when I use banjo strings or a uke.) Would also be a nice little handout as part of tuning and playing for the customers who…"
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G Blues Scale in Open G Tuning

This is a visual diagram of the Blues Scale in the key of G. The blue dots indicate the root note of the scale (G). The point of this diagram is to give you a series of notes that will sound good when played over a blues song in the key of G. You…
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

"Always good to see you doin' your thing and sharing your knowledge Justin! Helpful info and will help greatly for 4 string amatuers like myself, always been a little scared of that 4th :-( I enjoyed the whole vid but must say I really enjoyed…"
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

"My question for your tunings is, does it mater between various packs of string, say heavy down to ultra lite gauge. I know that my snark differs greatly between gauges and string types. How do you view this and have you found any variance?"
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

"Great lesson, Justin !   My first CBG was a four string , but I found I couldn't play with the 3rd thrown into the mix!   This really helps .   At about the 14:00 minute mark I got a little confused . ....Oh....I think I got…"
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

"Justin thanks so much for the info. I atually have a JJ v2 I got from Bob, but really havent attaked it much cause im totally farkeled up with the 4 string.  and all the guys that come over tune it to what they think and each time it gets worse…"
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

"Prettty setting.    Great info, even  for a 3 string Luddite like me."
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

"Great info Justin. Now I gotta add another string to one of my gits!"
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4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson checks in from Tasmania, during his Smoke & Mirrors World Tour, to share his favorite tunings for the 4-string Cigar Box Guitar. www.JustinJoh...
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At 11:36am on December 27, 2013, Uncle John said…

Great page and songs!

At 5:48pm on October 15, 2013, Kenny Hay said…

Hi Justin, Notice you're in Tassy in march next year.
Are you anywhere else in OZ on that trip, what about Brisbane Queensland????????

At 9:57pm on June 17, 2013, Mr.C said…
http://www.cigarboxnation.com/video/road-house-blues
Ok vocals need work and my timing and need fire my camra man but all all a good vid
At 7:08pm on April 19, 2013, Mr.C said…
Hey your page starting look purtty good mr Johnson
At 4:46am on April 8, 2013, Phill Hill Billy said…

Hey Hey Hey Justin, can't wait to meet you for our next "B.S.A. French CBG festival".

Thanks for addin me as friend. I'm honored... TheomMojo is already waiting for you... you re welcome...

...°<[:-) [---]==={...

At 6:56pm on March 21, 2013, Scott aka Farmer Ted said…

Honored and pleased, for sure, Justin. BTW, that ironing board lapsteel is wicked.

At 5:14pm on March 21, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

I echo what John says you have talent and a good attitude to go with it.appreciate what you bring .You will only recieve only good things,I know it.Hope to see you in Oregon sometime,Especially Eugene

At 12:39pm on March 21, 2013, Ted Hartman said…

Justin, do you ever play anywhere in southren NJ or in Philly Pa?  Let me know, I would like to come out and see you perform. You do some really Nice Playing and thanx for the friend invite. I am Glad to be one.!!!

At 10:07pm on March 20, 2013, Uncle John said…

Hey Justin.  I like your hat, humility and music.  I am truly proud to have you for a nation friend.   Good that you are bringing cbgs to new audiences.  

John

At 6:51pm on March 20, 2013, Nancy kat said…

Hi JJ thanx! Happy to have u with us!!! Meowwwwww ^.^

 
 
 

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