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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 Brian Lemin on May 31, 2009 at 1:04am
Do any of you guys use "Tabledit". I know it costs money (Close to $ US 55 I think now.) But I find it so versatile re strings, tunings, clarity. I have used it extensively for Dulcimer and it seems to adapt well for CBG of various strings and tunings. Good for sharing files and it plays itself in a free player.

Free demo version available for trial.

NO! I have nothing to do with the company, it is just that I have been using it for many years and personally like it.
Comment by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on May 27, 2009 at 1:12pm
Another Tuning: CGC or GCGC. Plus a great doc on the chords in this key:
CGC+Cords.pdf
Comment by Ben on May 27, 2009 at 12:59pm

Here's a TAB that can be played on a 3-stringer. You can also hear the recording on WCBN or my page. Top line is the high string.
Comment by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on May 27, 2009 at 10:19am
This is one of Blind Boy Fuller's rags -- Rag, Mama rag. Too long to set in this comment so I'm uploading the text file. Someone tab this :-)
blindboyfuller_RagMamaRag_chords.txt
Comment by Jkevn on May 26, 2009 at 5:55pm
The Fret.zip program was kinda hard to locate, heres a direct link for anyone interested: http://www.rowlhouse.co.uk/fret/index.html
Comment by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on May 26, 2009 at 7:10am
Some tunings I've gathered from the Internet:

Tunings for a 3-string cigar box guitar
(utilizing A,D,G strings from an acoustic guitar string set)

All notes are listed from low to high (bass to treble)
Open D: D,F#,A,D
Open E: E,G#,B,E
Open C#: C#,E,A,C#
Open A: A,E,A'
Open G: G,D,G'

A7 (the magic jazz tuning): A,E,G
A6 (Hawaiian tuning): A,E,F#
G9 (mandolin-type tuning/Shane Speal's "sitar" tuning***): G,D,A

Shane uses the flat edge of a bone slide to buzz against the high string, creating a sitar-like sound. As heard in the Jug Fusion song "Bone To Pick"

Dirty E : Ultra-low E, E, B (in this tuning, the low E is practically flapping against the fretboard. Great for mean and dirty blues)

DAD: DAD (3)
Blues ADAD: ADAD (4)

E,B,E
* Open tune to AEA using the ADG strings from a set of .12’s guitar strings
* If your cigar box guitar is tuned in A, use a harmonica in the key of D
* If you have a harmonica in G you would have to play the guitar in D
Comment by Steve Winchell on May 25, 2009 at 11:42am
This group seems like a cool idea! If someone is looking for some music ideas a place like this could really be a great help. One of the other members mentioned Fret.zip ,I looked it up and it is awesome! You open up the file ,click on Go then enter in how many strings you are playing on ,your tuning, then it gives you multiple chord options. Even if you are playing a fretless you could hit the different notes of a chord arpeggio style with your slide.
Comment by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on May 24, 2009 at 9:57pm
Rattlesnaken' Daddy
Blind Boy Fuller
Tuning: ADAD (4 string)

D -------0-0-0-0-0-0--------0-0-0-0-0-0--------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----
A -------0-0-0-3-2-3--------0-0-0-3-2-3--------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----
D -----0>-----------------0>-----------------0-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----
A -0-4----------------0-4----------------0-3---------------------

D -------0-0-0-0-0-0-----------7-7-7-----5-5-5---0--0----------0-
A -------0-0-0-3-2-3-----------7-7-7-----5-5-5---0----3-0------0-
D -----0>---------------6-7----7-7-7-------------0--------/5-3-0-
A -0-4----------------------0>-------0-2>--------0>--------------
Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on May 24, 2009 at 9:11pm
Thank you for inviting me to this group. The tuning and stringing charts are part of a video. I also have free CBG video lessons available that not only contain tab, but also visual and audio instruction. It is all viewable here:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=53983C1119D9691C
If players are interested in learning the foundational theory and techniques I use for figuring out or arranging songs, I have 2 instructional video CDs for sale at:
www.ebay.com Search: Keni Lee
In addition, please feel free to write if I can be of assistance by answering musical questions. Thanks again. Enjoy.
Comment by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on May 24, 2009 at 7:51pm
Here is a PDF for blank 4-string CBG tabs. Lemme know if there is anything you would want to add.
4stringBlankTab.pdf -Wes
 

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