Whether with a slide or fingered notes (or both),
whether with lyrics or not,
and whether with multiple parts or a simple three-chord progression throughout,
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.
Kinda like the one in this video.
It'll 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
thinking up a story,
writing lyrics for the story,
creating a chord progression and melody that fit the story,
and piecing it all together for an entire song 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): 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 get to enjoy their songwriting, hopefully the performers enjoy sharing their work.
Every day new videos, featuring all sorts of folk 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 those folk with envy.
Envy, as you know, is a slippery slope.
Once on it, slipping to a place where I'm not enjoying the guitars I've built is pretty quick.
Now, for the most part, those performers I can 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 convert his 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