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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

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Discussion Forum

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 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.
Comment by MZ-HANDYMAN on July 26, 2011 at 1:03pm
Is that a real book or is it a photoshop joke?

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