How to Play R.L. Burnside's "Nine Days In Jail" on 3-string ***NEW TUNING!!!***

Another great viewer request featuring an obscure R. L. Burnside song.  I had to create a new tuning in order to play it... and I love it! 

First, here's the original song.  You'll notice in my lesson that I tweaked the feel of the song a little bit.  This is sometimes necessary when converting a 6-string guitar riff over to 3-string slide. 

R. L. played the original version in the key of C#minor...or somewhere near that.  (He probably didn't use a tuner.)  I have arranged the song for Cminor using a new tuning that is very similar to Open G:  G Eb G.  I call this tuning 'C Minor Implied.'

To get this tuning, simply take your Open G 3-string cigar box guitar and tune the middle string up to Eb.  

Here's the lesson.  Enjoy!

Shane Speal


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Excellent tutorial Shane. I’ll be trying it for sure. 

Great lesson!


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