Knowing now that I was just never putting enough tension on the strings I pulled out CBG #1 and just kept cranking until it was tuned. Wow, sounds a LOT better, imagine that!
Of course that also put enough bend in the neck that it looks more like a bow than a guitar. Fretting is all but impossible, but with a slide it seems to really sing now. I may have to go get some low tension strings to try it :D Neck bending on #1 was why I decided to use Oak instead of Poplar on #2, oak being… Continue
Thank you Jason for your comments and suggestion. A Super Basic series sounds like a great idea. I will certainly do it, but right now there are a few too many projects I need to finish. I am finishing up the CD6 How to play 3 string CBG Part 2: Devil Tuning / Fretless lessons. Then I am working on a series of 6 string Gospel Tunes in Open D Tuning. Additionally, I am envolved in a secret project??? that will launch in June or July. So please stayed tuned and Enjoy.
Thank you Jason for your comment. Yes, you are exactly on the right track in my mind. Certainly, due to the unique high open drone string found on a banjo, the picking patterns are different than on a guitar that has bass strings, but the chords are definitely the same. I play banjo too, but certainly not like a Bluegrass player. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRmhVsd2404 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsWcvh10w1Y
The point is like I stated, there are direct simularities between tunings. If you can see them, you can take advantage of your already exsisting knowledge. You don't need, like you clearly understand, a whole new set of fingerings and chords.
Did you see my blog? http://www.cigarboxnation.com/profiles/blogs/triads-exploring-the-basic
Enjoy your practice and thanks again for your interest.
Thank you Jason for your response and sharing personally. CBG is great for playing wonderful arrangements of simple folk tunes and lullabys. Definitely video taping yourself is a great training tool. You get to see yourself and look at it more objectively. Our weaknesses are easier to see and the necessary corrections made become rewarding. Perfect feedback. Practicing, then producing the best performance of playing and singing to your child will provide her and her grandparents the perfect family heirloom. Especially if you squirril the CBG away to give to her at a later date or maybe to use to sing to your Grandchildren! Yikes. Priceless stuff. What living is really all about. Enjoy.
Thanks for the comments. I can't play worth anything, and the only times I've talked people into playing it I haven't even managed to get cell phone video of them. I'm trying to learn to play a bit myself and trying to get them over to a friend who does play and has a studio.
I'm not a fan of the over the box neck, it just feels very awkward to me, but then again most guitar playing feels that way to me :D It's just a piezeo mounted directly to the back of the box, and it tends to get a LOT of feedback.
I've been saving up a lot of ideas for my next build. Just can't get my hands on any boxes cheap enough to inspire me ;)
Welcome aboard, Jason! You will find lots of helpful folks and information here on all things CBG (CBB, CBU, etc.) Feel free to poke around, ask questions, and post your stuff (photos, recordings, videos, etc.).