I have made a few CBG’s, now what. 

I have no musical experience but I really want to start playing these bad boys. Where is the best place to start for a true beginner? I have found a lot of videos on YouTube, but they are out of my league. Is there a certain approach to take for absolute beginners? Does it matter what I learn first? I would love to have a road map of what to learn before moving on, or any other advice. 

Thank you all for any help with this. I am super excited about them but I fear playing them is beyond me. 

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Huge thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my question. I am sure this is a common question that you have all been asked a thousand times. So again, thanks for your time and insights.

Hi Tyler, Everybody's on the ball here, but I will mention two things from my experience.

One: if you are having trouble getting good sounds or finding it difficult to play, look at how you are holding your guitar and/or the angle your hand/fingers approach the fingerboard/neck. I find when teaching others that is one of the first things I set right.

Two: I had a guy I was helping play blues [he was so keen that he even bought a Gibson Lucile 335, cos' B B King played one] Anyway he came to me all proud and full of smiles because he had learnt heaps of patterns, riffs and stuff and played them for me. Yes he had learnt the notes and was pretty fast, but I had to ask WHERE IS THE FEELING we're playing the blues.

If you are listening to music listen to the FEEL as well as the notes. A lot of what adds to feeling is covered in Korrigan's list. 

Enjoy Taff


if you can , a little bit of music theory will help. it helps to explain why certain chords and notes are used in a song, what key the song is in etc. not essential but helpful . 

Check out Uncle Marks Cigar Box Guitar on Youtube. Heaps of beginner lessons right up to advanced stuff.  


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