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Chord charts for 3 string open tuning

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Tex Pierce Sep 1, 2016. 18 Replies

Confused with open E scales on a three string. Is there a lack of info for a reason?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Apr 28, 2016. 11 Replies

The moment it starts to click.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Mar 28, 2016. 20 Replies

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on March 27, 2018 at 12:54pm

Books are still good, t-belly. Hopefully the one you've found will be what you need :0) All the best to you!

Comment by t-belly johnson on March 27, 2018 at 11:44am

Cheers Dani & Ol`grey Bear. I`ve found a 4 string ultimate collection on ebay UK so I`ll probably go for that.

Isn`t it amazing.... the internet has made us forget about using books as its normally freely found with a quick google search :)

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on March 27, 2018 at 6:45am

Hi t-belly. I personally don't have any charts to offer but I bought a book that's crammed full of chords, scales, riffs, licks and all you could ever need to know. It's called "Master the cigar box guitar! 3 string GDG & 4 string GDGB Cigar box guitar technique book" by Brentwood Robitaille. I THINK they sell it here at CBGITTY too. Hope this helps :)

Comment by t-belly johnson on March 26, 2018 at 8:16pm

Guys, can anyone help please. I`m not really much of a player and only strummed a few chords on 3 stringers I`ve built. I`ve retired now and have time ( I hope) to learn to play a little.

I recently picked up a 4 stringer I built a few years ago and tuned it gdgb and plugged it in. I was very happy with the sound and I`ve been strumming major chords and it`s great fun.

The problem I have is I can`t find anything other than the major chords. Does anyone have any chord charts I can use to improve?

Thanks in advance

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Comment by Jim Dickison on November 23, 2017 at 12:36pm

Absolutely you can play through a bass amp. In fact, Fender's Bassman amp used to be quite popular with guitar players.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 23, 2017 at 2:19am
Hi all. Got a quick question here. Can I play a CBG (3,4 & 6 string) through a 50watt bass amp? I've just been offered a gorgeous condition one for a bargain price and wondering if I should get it as I don't play, nor do I fancy learning, bass guitar.

Help greatly appreciated.
Comment by John Hopper on January 5, 2017 at 1:37pm

Hi Shane.  I posted this in two of my groups and received nothing yet.   Any thoughts to share?   Hey everybody, I am building a concert  scale pot lid reso uke,with a piezo pickup.  My string ends will show thru the tail piece.  So ball end strings may be the ticket.  Can anyone recommend steel wrapped nylon strings that will tune like a uke?  Also, string gauges that will tune like a uke.  I intend to play like a uke but may set it up for slide playing.  All ya'lls thoughts are welcomed.  jh

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 13, 2016 at 3:18pm

If I remember last time, and my memory is truly shocking so I could be wrong, I think the doctor said it was contact dermititis. Using a manual wheelchair means I could have touched Lord knows what on the wheels. Not sure but a trip to the doc should sort it. I showed it to a pharmacist and he said an allergic reaction but it looks just like last time but more widespread on the whole hand. Not to complain I guess. Just looks horrible and like I'm one of the elephant man's fortunate relatives lol. Soon sorted I'm sure. Gloves in future though I think!

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 13, 2016 at 10:11am

Thanks Wayfinder and Madgomer. Got some hydra cortisone on it right now and a call to the doctor on Tuesday . Might need some antibiotic cream or something . Just need to buy some gloves for working and get on with it. Your well wishes and thoughts are much appreciated.

Oh and enjoy those tunings Madgomer! I personally love them like crazy. I don't have any chord sheets for them so if you ever discover any or write some out I'd massively appreciate the offer of a copy. Hint, hint. lol

 

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Chord charts for 3 string open tuning

Started by Michael Glenn. Last reply by Tex Pierce Sep 1, 2016. 18 Replies

Confused with open E scales on a three string. Is there a lack of info for a reason?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Apr 28, 2016. 11 Replies

The moment it starts to click.

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Mar 28, 2016. 20 Replies

Fat finger syndrome or just need to keep practicing?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Feb 28, 2016. 13 Replies

Chord charts for 3 string gbe tuning

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Keys please?

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tuning a 4 string

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Examples of other types of music on CBG?

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