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Cigar box tunings open to 2'3'4'5'6' stringers uke's bass's what ever you got. and how you creativly use these tuning's

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String selection for DAD tuning

Started by steve buckingham. Last reply by Ice Bob Jul 16, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi, I'm struggling to find the best combination of strings for DAD tuning (which really suits my voice) I have tried several combinations with the use of a regular 4th, 5th and 6th string the best to date although the 6th tuned down to D does feel a…Continue

Tip for finding chords on a 3 or 4 string guitar in any tuning

Started by Serge Hulne Jun 22, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi,The chord generator application on the  web page entitled "Theo's Banjo Chord Generator" (see link hereunder) calculates and displays a summary of all the possible chords you can play with a guitar which has 3 strings or more, in any possible…Continue

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5 string tuning

Started by Cin wel. Last reply by Cin wel Jun 21, 2013. 3 Replies

my neighbor wants me to build him a cbg with 5 strings no bottom e string. He wants to tune it like a regular guitar eadgb. Does anyone know how well regular tuning works on a cbg? thanks!Continue

Chords

Started by Mark Bliss. Last reply by Harry A James Apr 25, 2013. 8 Replies

I have been looking for a decent chord calculator for transposing to and from different tunings, different numbers of strings, completely different instrument, (anyone with a collection like mine knows what I am talking about!)I havent really found…Continue

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Comment by Thomas A. Boatwright on August 8, 2011 at 5:13pm

Just saw you asked for 4 string sorry.

I'd stay with open G since the banjo has four main strings tuned open DGBD. That gives you a place to start and lots of chord charts for banjo.

 

But Im a banjo player so Im partial to such things.

Comment by Thomas A. Boatwright on August 8, 2011 at 5:11pm
Open tuning of 1:5:1 like GDG, AEA, CGC always works. For open G (GDG) I use the A , D and G string from an acoustic set.
Comment by Doug Shearer on August 8, 2011 at 5:04pm

Hi... I'm new to the world of CBGs and am obviously trying to learn from the ground up.  (I have played "regular" guitars for several years, though, so that is where my knowledge lies) 

 

I know the theme that I keep hearing and seeing is that because there isn't a standard tuning for CBGs, there is no way to tune a CBG wrong.  From a beginner's perspective, though, I feel like it would be a good idea to tune up in at least a "common" tuning.  There are countless videos out there and it seems like if my CBG was tuned like the ones in the video, I could better duplicate the fingering and playing, thus it would be easier to learn.  (or so it seems)

 

With the "regular" six-string guitar, even though there are a lot of tuning variations, if someone were to ask what the standard tuning is, everyone knows that it's EADGBE, right?  Sooo....  with that in mind, if someone were to ask, what is the standard (MOST common) four string tuning for a CBG, what would you answer? 

Comment by Ice Bob on June 28, 2011 at 11:30pm
thanks for your chart informative. i have a circle of 5th's great for transposing and harmonica keys
Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on June 28, 2011 at 7:19am

You know Ice Bob this is a very good discussion you got going on here. Although, the possibilities are endless in regards to how you can string and tune a CBG, it got people thinking about how they will make the tuning function. I think simply getting people to think in numbers (major scale tones) and see the relativity of the different keys might help to clearify it . Here is a good key chart. http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/13-keys?context=user

Thanks for sharing. Enjoy, Keni Lee

Comment by Ice Bob on June 27, 2011 at 10:37pm
i use strings double high strings mostly for solos i have not tryed doubled low strings kinda like the 12 string Ee octive strings . you got it figuerd out tune a A string down to G. its all in your applacation how your gonna use it i play 4 strings (DGdd) or (DGbb) and play solos on the doubled strings it kinda reminds me of a dulcmer. i might be a cool thing  cost you a few strings to try it .i buy baritone guitar strings and my new cbg's will be long scale 27'' to 29'' thats lower. so you are saying (DDg) or(DGg) on a 3 string it makes a 2 string out of ityou can also just tune up or down all the strings . it reminds me of a dulcmer
Comment by Uncle John on June 27, 2011 at 8:54am

    Bob and the tuning, crew, excuse me if this has been covered.    I play mostly in DGB.  I like it, but wish for a lower toned string--  like a doubled G string with the new G an octave lower (An A string tuned down to G).  Has anyone tried that?  If so, how does it play and sound?

   I also use some  ADF#  and there, wish for a higher pitched tone.  How well would doubling the D string work??   - with the new D an octave higher (a small E tuned down to D.)

 

 

Comment by Mark Bliss on May 5, 2011 at 1:00pm
Hey thats interesting Nicholas, I am interested in the fact you can post tuners so when discussing a tuning you can hear what is being talked about, and/or tune to match/play along. Will file that one in the memory banks.
Comment by Nicholas Housley on May 5, 2011 at 10:46am
I was looking for how to tune a cigar box guitar and found this web site.
http://www.gtdb.org/tuner/cigar-box-guitar-tuners-and-tunings/
Comment by Ice Bob on May 1, 2011 at 9:16am
just thought this chart would help its the circle of 5th's
 

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String selection for DAD tuning

Started by steve buckingham. Last reply by Ice Bob Jul 16, 2014. 7 Replies

5 string tuning

Started by Cin wel. Last reply by Cin wel Jun 21, 2013. 3 Replies

Chords

Started by Mark Bliss. Last reply by Harry A James Apr 25, 2013. 8 Replies

E5 with 1,2,6 Strings

Started by Dr. Dave. Last reply by Ice Bob Aug 10, 2012. 3 Replies

GDG

Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Swamp Dawg Primal Music Jun 12, 2012. 3 Replies

Help with Key Please

Started by Soulcatcher & His DooFa Diddley. Last reply by Soulcatcher & His DooFa Diddley Oct 25, 2011. 4 Replies

GDG

Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Ice Bob Apr 21, 2011. 1 Reply

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Started by Mark Bliss. Last reply by Ice Bob Jan 24, 2011. 1 Reply

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