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Hey there, I'm Donkey!

Welcome to my page on Cigar Box Nation

Just like you, I love building cigar box guitars.

Building these musical instruments -- often from things never intended to make music -- brings real joy into my life.

I'm not a highly visible member of the Nation. Not by a long shot.

But I love seeing the amazing work others do and the overwhelming grace extended between members as they help, encourage, and inspire each other to build and play.

If you'd like to connect, simply leave a comment on my wall in the box below.

And if you scroll down this page a little further, you may find a blog post, or two, that interests you.

Thanks for reading!

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At 6:47pm on February 20, 2019, Poorness Studios said…

Thanks for the comment on my latest video. I really appreciate it and I'm glad you liked it.

At 2:01pm on February 8, 2019, Jim Morris said…

I truly appreciate your kind words on my latest video! Thank you!

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Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 8:00am 14 Comments

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"Seems you had a pretty good weekend, Sean. Good on you for helping a friend build his own CBG and also for building yourself a fine-looking canjo. A pretty good weekend, indeed. "
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"pick, Any time I've seen a build of yours, I've had to stop whatever I'm doing to fully appreciate it. This guitar and all its components is simply outstanding. You are an artist and craftsman, good Sir. "
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"Good eye deer, Doughboy!  Neatness counts."
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Blind Doughboy commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"I don't write entire songs on my cigar box guitar. But, I do write them on a sheet of paper."
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Donkey commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"Uncle John, I don't think there's a more succinct way to describe songwriting than what you shared here. Thank you! I've admired your video performances here on the Nation, especially your original tunes, so I'm grateful you took…"
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Don Craig commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"I think a good blues song should start off with "I woke up this morning..." and then add references to dog, truck, woman, whiskey, etc. I woke up this mornin' Ain't got no luck My dog took my whiskey My woman and my truck"
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Don Craig commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"I think a good blues song should start off with "I woke up this morning...." then add references to dog, truck, woman, whiskey, etc. I woke up this morni Ain't got no luck My dog ran off with my whiskey My woman and my truck"
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Uncle John commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"Yes, I do.  Usually a simple blues formula. Song writing Lesson.Recipe for an easy blues song. 3 lines per verse.  First and second lines are the same words. The third line ends in a word that is a rhyme or near rhyme for the last word in…"
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the anonymous pick commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"Cheers Donkey , it's posts like yours that  allow  this stuff to  come out . or even self realize   ;-)"
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the anonymous pick commented on Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
"Responses here  indicate another  good  reason and use of the " community " here. Some folks  play .. and don't sing , some sing  but can't play at the same time , some write and don't play ,…"
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Through connecting with Ben "Gitty" Baker of cbgitty.com.
How many instruments have you built so far?
As I don't keep count, it's tough to say. However, I can tell you I've built enough CBGs to know I'm pretty well hooked.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The DIY spirit.

Even though a cigar box guitar can be a wonderfully complex and intricate work of functioning art, I prefer the simpler, folk art aspect of building CBGs.

And while I do buy many parts to build my guitars -- as opposed to building with 100% repurposed objects -- each instrument I've built makes me feel a little closer to the DIY spirit that I love about the people who built the country in which I live.
 
 
 

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