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Looking for TAB for Lightin Hopkins blues fiff?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Jan 7, 2017. 37 Replies

I love listing to Lightin Hopkins play the blues.  I have not been able to locate a TAB for a 3 string CBG that would show me his basic riff.  I am tuned to Open G, GDG.  Any assistance will be…Continue

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Help A Newbee with a 3 string fretted CBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dick Dowd Dec 21, 2016. 9 Replies

I purchased a new 3 string fretted CBG over eBay and am attempting to teach myself to play.  I am having a terrible time trying to play bar chords.  I cannot get all 3 strings to sound using 1…Continue

 

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Internet
How many instruments have you built so far?
None but I have purchased one, a 3 string and am trying to learn.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Most interesting would be the sounds that people like Justin Johnson can get out of this simple instrument. He says anyone can learn to play it. Hope he is right. I have owned a Spanish guitar, Fender Strat, Peavey Base, Dobro, Mandolin, 4 and 5 string banjo's. Could never teach myself to play any of them.

As I am new to this page,

Being new I have been looking all over CB Nation trying to figure out where I should ask my questions.  So question 1 is where do I enter my questions?

I purchased a new 3 string fretted CBG over eBay and am attempting to teach myself to play.  I am having a terrible time trying to play bar chords.  I cannot get all 3 strings to sound using 1 finger.Any suggestions?

I do not have much sustain.  I am playing thru a acoustic 10w power amp.  Not sure if it is my cbg, my amp or just me.  Suggestions?

I have a terrible time when I attempt to use a slide.  I have a brass metal one and a all glass one.  When I try to slide up the neck the fret's sound like a motor boat.  Trying to bar using a slide sounds horrible.  lots of fret rattle.  I wonder if my strings are too close to the frets.  I have thought about putting something under the nutt to raise the strings.  Is this a good idea, or would I just be making many more headache's than I want to get into?  Help please.

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At 1:25am on January 18, 2017, Darryl Tuttle said…

I haven't bought any cbgs yet....Wouldn't mind a swamp witch guitar for my birthday.....Building one is a lot of fun....And  challenging...You can plan it out to the nth degree...And still find out you overlooked some detail.

 
 
 

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