CBG Tabs

So you built your CBG and now you need something to play on it, right? Well, if you're not completely musically inclined or can't read traditional music, tabs are your answer. If you're like me, you read tabs and sometimes make them. Paste'em here.

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Tabs here is as a learning tool -- NOT for profit.

I'll also upload some blank tab sheets. Just let me know what you think and if I need to add anything.

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on August 14, 2017 at 3:15pm

Hi Richard. To the right of the screen just a little ways down there's a "How to play cigar box guitar" link if that helps? Other than that I know there's lots of videos on YouTube by Shane Speal, Justin Johnson, not forgetting the awesome one-finger lessons by the equally awesome Glenn Watt. I think there's a sister site to here called where there's a lot of tab? I could be wrong about that though, which is highly likely. Other than that I'm afraid I can't help with how to find them on this group page. Hope that lot helps a bit though.

Comment by Ken Vickerson on April 10, 2017 at 4:22pm
Does anyone have a 3 or4string tab for "Once their was a time" this a 10 Years After tune that seems to be made for CBGs? I'm trying to work it out...not satisfied yet. Great lyrics and a Rockin rhythm.
Comment by Tono Markes on April 7, 2017 at 7:24am

Hi All,

I love Smokestack lightnin main riff and I wanted to play it in CBG.

so I got this tab (6 strings standard tuning) from Ultimate guitar

"Smokestack Lightning chord Howlin Wolf (1956) Open E (high E string), G (high E string, 3rd fret), A (3rd string, 2nd fret) slide to B (third string, 4th fret, B (third string, 4th fret), A (3rd string, 2nd fret), Open G (3rd string), E (4th string, 2nd fret)"

For the rhythm guitar, chords: Em G Em G

and tried to transpose to G key for 3 strings. I got this notes:

G - A# - C - Slide D - C - A# - G

Well...I made this sometimes before and I got it but this time It doesnt sound good to me.

What am I doing wrong? Could anyone help me?

I also think that we are about 500 member in this group... if...let's say 40 % of people would make "just one" Tuxguitar or Guitarpro tablature (song or riff) we'll end with two hundred tabs for practise. NOT FOR PROFIT.

If I ever get the smokestack lightnin right for CBG I will hang it here for all members to check what I want to mean.

I made this 12 bar test (GDG) and It's very easy to work with.

Thanks a lot! and as Keni use to say ...Enjoy your practise!

Comment by Will T on January 2, 2016 at 10:18am

Thanks Ben!

Comment by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker on January 2, 2016 at 10:08am
Comment by Will T on January 1, 2016 at 3:11pm

Hi All - I would appreciate someone directing me to a good 3 string Open G tab for Amazing Grace. Thanks! Chaplain Will 

Comment by Tim Elbert on September 17, 2015 at 10:58pm

Loan me a Dime, any one have the tabs for a Cigar Box version on how to play?

Comment by TN Twang on June 14, 2015 at 6:32pm


I'll give you an answer, but let's also see how many other opinions you may get!

First of all, it should be "Gdg"--with a little d as well as g.

These notes are written for guitar as the G below middle C, the d immediately above middle C, and the g 3 steps above that.

However, guitar notes actually sound an octave lower than they are written, so your sounds will all be lower than they look when they're notated.

Like I said, some people may be tuning GDG in other octaves, so let's see what other replies you may get.

Comment by Cynthia on June 14, 2015 at 2:18pm

very dumb question: when it calls for GDg tuning, where is the big G and little g on the grand scale. How do I find it on my piano for tuning? obviously im total beginner.

Comment by will1292 on February 3, 2015 at 11:52pm

cool spanish guitar tab called porompero



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