learn with any song you like. find it on youtube and play the heck out of it. I used "Sweet Home Chicago" to tune and play in every one of the CBGs I built in my first year. It was helpful to learn with.
Other than that go to McNally's Strumstick website and look up their folk song play book. Simple 2 and 3 chord songs are also helpful...
hope this helps,
Three string fretless is what I'm working on. Done a bunch of noodling, but easy blues songs are my next goal.
for starting out on any fretless, make sure that you are properly tuned...(I use get-tuned.com's guitar tuner), get a slide that your comfortable with (I'd advice starting on the pinky or ring finger, you'll want the other two later for fretting behind the slide and it's a bitch to unlearn what you've begun with) and make sure you technique is good (slide square across the neck in all positions).
Then learn the 1-IV-V positions in every key (song that you play), including inverted chord positions (where IV and V might be below the 1 position on the neck....
Then just play and play. nothing like the wood shed to get you playing fast... oh, and... had fun!!!!!
Howdy TPK, and thank you for re-posting that video, as many of us had not even heard of a CBG when you first made that video.
So thank you:
(1) for taking the time to make that video back in 2011
(2) for making the effort here today in trying to help us
PS - I'll bet there is a follow up video in making soon....right?....please.
Now it is up the us 'newbies' to quit moaning, stop looking for shortcuts, and start PRACTICING ON A REGULAR BASIS! That way we will be ready for your next video in a few months.
I've got a stack on my site http://www.learncigarboxguitar.com/content/songbook