Tam Givens
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  • United Kingdom

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Tam Givens's Discussions

Cigar box style uke

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clarky Jun 17, 2013. 4 Replies


Started this discussion. Last reply by Belfast Guy Mar 19, 2014. 38 Replies

My foot percussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tam Givens Nov 12, 2009. 7 Replies


Welcome, Tam

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rodger moore replied to Tam Givens's discussion Irish music on a CBG in the group The Luck O' The Irish
"Songs are one thing Tunes are another. Irish Traditional Music (ITM) is mostly dance music (tunes) that are played in Sessions. The usual forms are reels, jigs, slip jigs, Irish polkas, and a few others. It generally gets played at fast tempos and…"
May 18, 2018
Titch the Clown replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"New legislation in Australia means no more brand logos for tobacco products of any kind and the front of the box is covered with a picture of a rotten lung, a gangrenous foot or cancerous tongue. Perfect for heavy metal! Given I make ukes I usually…"
Jun 7, 2014
Donald R Rice replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"GR8 idea my daughter would love a coffin bass"
Jun 7, 2014
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
Jun 7, 2014
Slow Slough Guitars replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"I'm going to make my own on some partially because of ATF regulations regarding minors and tobacco related products. That way I can have my 11 year old involved and playing at craft fairs without having to worry about my guits being confiscated…"
Jun 7, 2014
Colum Burke replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"Hey guys, I'm from Dublin, Ireland. There are a few cigar shops but selection can be poor and small. Got a half decent Romeo & Juliet box but because our government health warnings are glued on by Satans minions, I have to gently sand to…"
Jun 7, 2014
Uncle John replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"I've made some when I wanted a larger box.  And I've made a new top for some when the top was trashed.  "
Jun 6, 2014
john mackay replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"I just bought a king Edward cigar box for £4.49 inc shipping off ebay. a violin for £3.50 again off ebay.  you have just to keep an eye out on ebay and bid bid till the last minute. punters think that in the last minute they've…"
Jun 6, 2014
Mark Nelson replied to Tam Givens's discussion Making your own cigar box
"Hi only place you can get cigar boxes here in the uk is on ebay so will be making my own Mark."
Jun 6, 2014
Tam Givens commented on Jamie MacBlues's video

Mary K Burke - Glasgow (song I co wrote)

"Good yin Jamie. I have not heard of her before.  Does she gig around Glasgow ?"
May 13, 2014
Tam Givens commented on TC DeVeau's photo


"Very neat job."
May 5, 2014
Belfast Guy replied to Tam Givens's discussion Pine
"B&Q have stair case upright 'spindles' in white oak only slightly rounded. I got 4 ukulele necks out of one at £8.95 by splitting it up the middle and cutting in half. They are 40mm wide so I will try a four string canjo next…"
Mar 19, 2014
Bobby O'Neal replied to Tam Givens's discussion Pine
""doghouse" in the reply above is actually log house"
Mar 18, 2014
Medicine Man CBG's-Mikel Doktor replied to Tam Givens's discussion Pine
"All very true. If you check guitar history, Leo Fender made the first few Tele's out of pine. Necks as well, with no truss rod. Unfortunatly, the right pine is hard to get your hands on. At least here in BFLO. I'm always on the search."
Mar 18, 2014
Dooder replied to Tam Givens's discussion Pine
"Why not just set up an exchange?  I use pine, Northern White Pine, not the hard resinous southern varieties.  It carves great, doesn't turn worth a darn, and doesn't glue ie laminate well.Personally, the only way that I would use…"
Mar 18, 2014
Darren Wolbold replied to Tam Givens's discussion Pine
"I use wood from the  pine family in the UK this type is called redwood hear(Not the big cedars in California) In my opinion for a three string with no fretts and made with  1" by 2" bit of timber will do fine I have made loads…"
Mar 11, 2014

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At 10:13am on August 14, 2013, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the comment. That looks like a hell of a collection of stringed instruments in your photo !

At 12:55pm on November 28, 2009, Paul H (PRH) said…
The piezo and washboard parts were the missing links (for me).
I got the full idea now, thanks.
At 9:56am on November 28, 2009, Paul H (PRH) said…
Good morning,
I looked at the pictures and I see what you're referring to.
Other stomp boxes I've seen have a speaker (acting as a microphone) that amplifies the "thump". You version appears to be completely acoustic (right?).
As the foot goes down the foot plate (?) hits against the vertical board making a noise and is returned to place via the red rubber band.
If I'm way off here I'd appreciate a corrective comment or two.
Thanks for your time,
At 9:38pm on November 12, 2009, Tres Seaver said…
> I have replied to your question on the foot pedal. if you need any help on making one, or if you have an idea to improve it let me know.

Thanks -- your reply was helpful. I tabled that project for a bit, but I'm always glad to learn from others.
At 11:37pm on November 7, 2009, Ronnie Retherford said…
Bluegrass if fun music to play. Here is our band, the dobro player is playing a 3 string I made for him.
At 3:51am on November 5, 2009, MrRandomWritings (Backwater Bri) said…
Hi Tam - thanks for finding me! I got quite intimate with our back yard over that period and my girlfriend seems to want me to make some more - wonder if that is an excuse to get me out from under her feet!
At 7:32am on October 7, 2009, gugug said…
Hi Tam,

We'll have to meet up and compared cigar boxes since youre just down the road
At 2:08pm on August 23, 2009, Keni Lee Burgess said…
I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee
At 9:57am on June 21, 2009, Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates said…
"My kind of music is folky trad (Celtic) some bluegrass and country,
Recently I have been playing some slow Scottish and Irish tunes using a slide and fretting, Sounds good to me."

Tam, send us some examples. We here in North/South Carolina, US have a station that plays a LOT of folk/Celtic/Irish mix -- which is the basis of most things "mountain" here. There are a LOT if Scottish and Irish descendants here in the Carolinas so this is very popular here.

Do you have any resources or tabs?

At 11:47am on June 11, 2009, ChickenboneJohn said…
Hi there...hope oyou can make the fest date..there are a few people in your neck of the woods, so maybe there's scope for travelling down together if folks are up for it.

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