Tam Givens
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Cigar box style uke

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clarky Jun 17, 2013. 4 Replies


Started this discussion. Last reply by Belfast Guy Mar 19, 2014. 38 Replies

My foot percussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tam Givens Nov 11, 2009. 7 Replies


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At 3:13am on August 14, 2013, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the comment. That looks like a hell of a collection of stringed instruments in your photo !

At 6:55am on November 28, 2009, Paul H (PRH) said…
The piezo and washboard parts were the missing links (for me).
I got the full idea now, thanks.
At 3:56am on November 28, 2009, Paul H (PRH) said…
Good morning,
I looked at the pictures and I see what you're referring to.
Other stomp boxes I've seen have a speaker (acting as a microphone) that amplifies the "thump". You version appears to be completely acoustic (right?).
As the foot goes down the foot plate (?) hits against the vertical board making a noise and is returned to place via the red rubber band.
If I'm way off here I'd appreciate a corrective comment or two.
Thanks for your time,
At 3:38pm on November 12, 2009, Tres Seaver said…
> I have replied to your question on the foot pedal. if you need any help on making one, or if you have an idea to improve it let me know.

Thanks -- your reply was helpful. I tabled that project for a bit, but I'm always glad to learn from others.
At 5:37pm on November 7, 2009, Ronnie Retherford said…
Bluegrass if fun music to play. Here is our band, the dobro player is playing a 3 string I made for him.
At 9:51pm on November 4, 2009, MrRandomWritings (Backwater Bri) said…
Hi Tam - thanks for finding me! I got quite intimate with our back yard over that period and my girlfriend seems to want me to make some more - wonder if that is an excuse to get me out from under her feet!
At 12:32am on October 7, 2009, gugug said…
Hi Tam,

We'll have to meet up and compared cigar boxes since youre just down the road
At 7:08am on August 23, 2009, Keni Lee Burgess said…
I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee
At 2:57am on June 21, 2009, Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates said…
"My kind of music is folky trad (Celtic) some bluegrass and country,
Recently I have been playing some slow Scottish and Irish tunes using a slide and fretting, Sounds good to me."

Tam, send us some examples. We here in North/South Carolina, US have a station that plays a LOT of folk/Celtic/Irish mix -- which is the basis of most things "mountain" here. There are a LOT if Scottish and Irish descendants here in the Carolinas so this is very popular here.

Do you have any resources or tabs?

At 4:47am on June 11, 2009, ChickenboneJohn said…
Hi there...hope oyou can make the fest date..there are a few people in your neck of the woods, so maybe there's scope for travelling down together if folks are up for it.

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