Do you write songs to be played with a slide or fingered notes (or both)?
Do you write lyrics?
Do you write multiple parts for the song or one simple three-chord progression throughout?
Most importantly, do you write entire songs on your CBG?
Once in a while, I'm inspired to write a little riff that's fun to play.
Kind of like the one in this video...
The riffs I write have a few notes strung together with a beginning and an end, but that's about it.
But writing a song?
Forget about it.
The whole idea of
is bananas to me.
Bananas because of how complicated it all seems.
Plus, as someone who doesn't sing but in the most private moments, the thought of performing a song with vocals for anyone else is terrifying.
And all I really want to do is have fun.
Sure, it'd be awful nice if I played like so many of the guys and gals with videos here on the Nation and beyond.
You know the folk (perhaps you're one of them): despite whatever hangups they may have once had, these performers have worked hard to improve their playing, their songwriting, and their singing.
Some of them write their own songs, too.
Since the rest of us enjoy their songwriting, hopefully, the performers enjoy sharing their work.
Every day, new videos featuring all sorts of players with varying tastes and styles are uploaded to numerous internet platforms.
While I love seeing what other people are capable of doing -- creating and sharing their own art, even if it's a song they haven't written -- part of me watches the performances with envy.
Envy, as you know, is a slippery slope.
Once on it, tumbling to the bottom where I'm not enjoying the guitars I've built is pretty quick.
For the most part, those performers I envy seem to be having fun.
And isn't that the point?
I mean, isn't the reason why the majority of us cigar box guitar builders and players do what we do is because it's fun?
So, while I sometimes enviously watch a CBG performer, I try not to turn his or her enjoyment into expectations of how I should enjoy playing my cigar box guitar.
Perhaps my version of fun is exactly what I need:
little riffs, here and there;
little bits of music created as an expression of whatever I felt in a particular moment.
There's nothing deep about this subject, just an honest admission that perhaps writing entire songs isn't what I need to have fun.
Perhaps all I need is a little riff.
Just a little something to enjoy the guitar I've built.
What about you?
Do you write entire songs on your cigar box guitar?
Last thing --
here's tablature for the riff played in the above video