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CBG Playing for Dummies

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Playing CBG for Dummies

Beginner lessons.

For absolute beginners start with Knotlenny's ultimate best first lesson

Then check out LJs CBG Playing for Dummies (7 no nonsense beginner lessons)

and you'll be playing music in minutes!

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Discussion Forum


Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Ted Crocker Dec 19, 2019. 24 Replies

Can anyone help me find some good 3 chord songs?

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Neil Sewell Jan 20, 2019. 26 Replies

Singing with basic chords (for pre-beginners)

Started by Michael Morrissey. Last reply by Michael Morrissey Feb 13, 2018. 4 Replies

Thumb and Finger Picks = to use, or not to use?

Started by Keith Stanford. Last reply by Lapsteel washboard Jul 26, 2016. 11 Replies


Started by David A Mitchell. Last reply by Tim LaFave Mar 6, 2015. 1 Reply

How To Read 3 String Cigar Box Guitar Tab

Started by Glenn Watt. Last reply by Tom Petry Nov 1, 2014. 5 Replies

Tabs for 3 String Cigar Box Guitar

Started by Glenn Watt. Last reply by Glenn Watt Nov 1, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by SWAMPFOOT. Last reply by Rag Man Roy Jun 5, 2014. 5 Replies

Ben Prestage Master Class - One Man Band

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Willardj Apr 18, 2014. 2 Replies

Richie Kay/Some basic chord shapes for 3 string CBG

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by John Bradshaw Dec 23, 2013. 1 Reply

Chord charts for 3 string open tuning

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Thom Underwood Apr 22, 2013. 2 Replies

Huge Collection of Blues Jam Tracks

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Martin Newbery Feb 14, 2013. 2 Replies

Brian Parks/Amazing Grace on Cigar Box Guitar - Easy Lesson

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Keith Stanford Jul 30, 2012. 8 Replies

Easy Blues and Classic riffs.

Started by Justin Mantelli Nov 16, 2011. 0 Replies

Essential Chords for 3 string tuned to gbe

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Glenn Reither Nov 12, 2011. 9 Replies

Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Justin Mantelli Nov 12, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Ted Crocker on September 11, 2015 at 3:28am

Lots of great stuff to get you started 


Comment by Pete "Papa Bo" Turner on January 18, 2014 at 9:11am

I found this guy Rick McKeon on youtube. He's really good at teaching CBG for beginners. Check him out @ http://youtu.be/xttZANcF8Xw . This is his Steady Bass Lesson and it really helped me get the beat.

Comment by Paul Smith on August 29, 2013 at 3:42am
Thanks again Justin and 'fingers' I look forward to catching up with you again at Boxstock
Comment by Graham 'fingers' Alibone on August 29, 2013 at 3:23am

Thanks for the lesson Justin, and you Paul for asking. See you both at Boxstock.


Comment by Justin Johnson on August 28, 2013 at 3:39pm

Comment by Nigel McTrustry on August 6, 2013 at 1:08am

Comment by Johe Doe on January 7, 2013 at 7:45pm

no tabs, but here is the vid that taught me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akC-czAfAIw

Comment by Gary Williams on January 14, 2012 at 3:30pm

Anybody got tabs for three string Amazing Grace

Comment by Johe Doe on November 4, 2011 at 2:22pm



thought this excel file might be of interest. If you know the musical notes, like from sheet music, it will generate the corresponding tabs for a 3 string tuned to DAD.


Comment by Steve on July 26, 2011 at 1:47pm
@MZ-Handyman I am pretty sure that is a Photo Shop pic. Don't think it is meant as a "joke" but rather a clever little icon to represent the group.

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