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How to Play R.L. Burnside's "Nine Days In Jail" on 3-string ***NEW TUNING!!!***

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Another great viewer request featuring an obscure R. L. Burnside song.  I had to create a new tuning in order to play it... and I love it! First, here's the original song.  You'll notice in my lesson…Continue

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How to Play "I Ain't Superstitious" by Howlin' Wolf on 3-String Cigar Box Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 18. 1 Reply

The viewer requests keep coming in!  "I Ain't Superstitious" is one of the most challenging songs yet... but you can do it!  I break the riff down into three parts for you to master.  I'm especially…Continue

"BACK DOOR MAN!" More Howlin' Wolf Lessons for Cigar Box Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 17. 1 Reply

You asked for more Howlin' Wolf... so you're gettin' more!  For this lesson, I've taken the 1960 Chess Records version of "Back Door Man" and distilled the guitar parts down to a single 3-string…Continue

VIDEO LESSON: RL Burnside's "Poor Black Mattie" on 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by lawntrout guitars Sep 16. 2 Replies

VIEWER REQUEST!Tune your three string cigar box guitar to G7 (GDF), grab a stubby slide...and take that stick outta yer butt!G7 tuning is easy to set up.  Start with your normal Open G (GDG) and drop…Continue

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At 11:30am on September 15, 2018, Spencer Lockhart said…

Awesome! Finally got me some extra bread to get your book!!! +Diggin' on your howlin wolf vids man! Thanks!!

At 4:01pm on August 15, 2018, BrianQ. said…

Hey Shane, jus pre- ordered yer book, I can’t wait!

At 11:52pm on May 21, 2018, TN Twang said…

Good Lace Pickup review in Guitar World. Damn! I may have to try one of those things.

At 5:23am on December 27, 2017, Dave Lynas said…

Hi Shane, just trying to get a video to you. .. Dave

At 8:12am on September 24, 2017, Jim Morris said…

Here's my response

Wow! Thanks for your historic input and obvious knowledge of Gus Cannon's music. The fact of the matter is I was merely attempting to re-create an instrument similar to the one Gus described as his first banjo several times with a few different details. I'm far from a scholar on his music and it's obvious he was playing a finger style rather than plectrum with slide like I did here. I rarely try to do a historically accurate version of anyone's songs since I don't consider music a static museum piece. Rather, I try to do a version that represents the original, but in my own style. Thanks for your insightful comments even though they don't directly relate to what I was doing here.
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At 8:10am on September 24, 2017, Jim Morris said…

Hey Shane, I thought you'd enjoy these comments I got on utube from noted banjo historian Tony Thomas.

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Nice music but it has NOTHING to do with how Cannon played Minglewood blues. The story about the banjo made from his mother's biscuit pan and tightening the head with a flame was about a banjo Cannon acquired when he was 12 or 13 and may not be true at all as it conflicts with his and his mother's location at the time and his family's insistence that he play fiddle not banjo.Byt the time he was 14 or 15 his brother wByon a professionally made banjo in card in craps game. He recorded the Minglewood Blues when he was 42. Cannon made only one recordiung using slide. His commentary on using slide on a banjo is that he found it too much of a mess for his working banjo playing because he had to unwind the strings put coins under the banjo bride, tighten and tune the strings, and then undo all of that to play in the standard tuning that he preferred the drop C tuning of now associated with classic banjo. The Minglewood blues like most of Cannons 1927-30 recordings was done in the standard tuning of drop c and done oplaying in what is properly called the guitar banjo style, now inaccurately called classic banjo, it is normally played as a three finger style, but Cannon played with four fingers, using the normal assignment system used in classic banjo.He tended the maximum bracket type banjos prevelant in the early 20th century. One banjo we have identified he used during that period is a Van Eps Recording banjo, a banjo that even with nylon or gut strings sounds as lloud as a howitzer!Cannon said he tried using a pick but he broke the picks because played so hard, and never considered any kind of plectrum banjo playing because he felt he could do the same thing using his fingers. He did confess he once bought a tenor banjo but decided not to learn to play it but continue with the style he developed.
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I'll send you my response next
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At 2:13am on May 21, 2017, BrianQ. said…

Happy Birthday Shane,rock on King!!! BTW I just turned 48 recently so I've got a year on ya...

At 10:12am on May 12, 2017, Moritz Voegeli said…

It was a pleasure for me to see your real face...

At 5:35pm on February 3, 2017, Del Puckett said…

Shane 

i was surfing the internet and found a video you made about creative way to hang your cigar box guitars??  it was an invite to share creative ideas on hanging CBG's  - i cant find that video anywhere... can you send me the link ??  puckettcbg@gmail.com

thanks man... 

At 8:18am on January 16, 2017, Uncle John said…

Good choices for instrument of the day.  Some good stuff getting built.

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VIDEO: Gear Review of My New WESSEH Tribute Guitar by Swamp Witch

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Swamp Witch Guitars built me this tribute to my friend, Wesseh Freeman.  I review the guitar and tune it to "Wesseh Tuning."

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