Hi Everybody,

I just joined the Cigar Box Nation. For a bunch of free lessons check my website here https://rickmckeon.com/cbglessons.html Hope you find something useful. Let me know what you think.


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Hi Gary,

Thanks for the comment. I glad you like the lessons. Hope to post more soon.


Welcome, Rick!

I'm a newbie to playing (and making) so I appreciate your contribution to making things understandable.

I intend to consume all of your information as soon as I finish my first three string!

The only thing I found a bit unusual is that your 1 5 1 tuning is EBE and I think that the most commonly recommended is GDG. I'm such a newbie that I don't know what the differences are, really. Just thought I would note that and perhaps you could comment.

Thanks again!

Hi Darren,

Yes, GDG is probably a lot more common, but I like the nice low sound of EBE. To my ears it is a lot more bluesy. It's really the same tuning (151) just 1 1/2 steps lower so everything applies just as well to that tuning. If I were going to play in the key of G, I would capo on the 3rd fret.


Thanks for the reply Rick.

I see. I'll have to try it. It occurs to me that EBE, being lower, would also put a little less strain on the neck.

Which of the 6 guitar strings do you like to use on your 3 string?

Also, I wonder if you would tell me what bridge you are using on the guitar in your videos? Thanks in advance.

Hey Darren,

I'm using the 6-5-4 strings from a set of medium gauge strings (for 6-string guitar). I bought my CBG from Wayne Bigler. Nice instrument at a great price. I play it through a Pig Nose amp.


Hey Gary, you didn't need to delete your comment!

I thought it was good advice.

PS... I found this nice little demo of EBE blues on YouTube. It probably belongs to someone here, but I haven't been here long enough to figure out who is who yet.

Hey Wayfinder,

When you get a chance check them out. If you have questions just shoot me an email. I respond to every email.


I think your videos and guide book are just what I've been looking for.  A lot of the instructional videos I have seen online don't seem to take into account that people like me have absolutely no idea what we are doing. 

Besides some piano lessons as a little kid and playing trumpet in the grammar school band, I have no musical background whatsoever.  


That's great! Hope you enjoy them. If you have questions just shoot me an email.


Hi Rick, your vids are excelent really easy to understand helped me out alot, answers to questions  I couldnt find anywhere else like best strings to use for certain tunings! Thanks so much!!

Hey Scruggy,

Thanks for the comment. I'm really pleased you are enjoying the lessons!



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