How to play Stairway to Heaven on a 3 string guitar - Cigar Box Guitar lesson

In this video you'll learn how to play Stairway to Heaven on a 3 string guitar. Charles Atchison is the author of The Folk Art Instrument Builders Reference ...

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Comment by Charles Atchison on December 14, 2015 at 6:57am

Regarding strings: I typically use the 2nd 3rd and 4th strings (B,G,D) from a regular-light gauge pack. Gauges .013 .017 and .026 

D'addario strings are my favorite

Comment by turtlehead on December 14, 2015 at 6:38am

Thanks Charles for the answer and the friend add. This is exactly what I was looking for.  I couldn't find a "home base",  working off of that 212 form is what I was missing.

Comment by Primitive Acoustics on December 14, 2015 at 6:01am
Thanks Charles! What guitar strings do you use for DGD tuning?
Comment by Charles Atchison on December 14, 2015 at 4:53am

Yes DGD is part of the open G but typically, for the 3 string guitar, folks use the GDG portion of the open G or they’ll use DAD from the open D chord.

For slide guitar I think that makes perfect sense but for me it just doesn’t fit for rhythm and picking.

With DGD tuning if you fret on 2,1,2 you get an E chord and you can move that down the neck like you would a barre chord. Also, the chord variations are all really close by for example  2,0,2 is E minor and 2,1,1 is E7 and 2,1,4 is E9

Trying to easily find these chord variations with GDG or DAD is nightmarish (for me)

Anyways, hope this answered your question.


Comment by turtlehead on December 13, 2015 at 4:52pm

Another great lesson Charles.  The tuning you are using is the most interesting thing to me, I'm going to have to explore it.  It's obviously great for chords and riffs. From a CBG perspective, I would be tempted to look at this as open G (515), but I'm not so sure that's how you're approaching it.  Could you speak to that a little bit?

Comment by Rooster on December 13, 2015 at 10:27am

Great lesson Charles..............thanks very much for posting this ;-)

Comment by Clark Rowden on December 13, 2015 at 2:55am

Another excellent lesson. Thanks! Nice git too.

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