4 String Cigar Box Guitar Tips and Tricks

Hi folks,

Here's a video lesson showing some tips and tricks for playing chords on a 4 string cigar box guitar. The guitar in this lesson was made by Berkeley Strings (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BerkeleyStrings).

Views: 41


You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

Comment by Casey Baron on February 4, 2020 at 10:38pm

Hi Greg, I guess it's just what I've grown used to saying. But yes the tuning can also be referred to as Open Bb.

Comment by Greg Dow on February 4, 2020 at 10:31pm

Just curious on nomenclature...  Why do you call your tuning Open A#, rather than Open Bb?

B flat major notes would be Bb C D Eb F G A  (only two accidentals)

A sharp major notes would be A# B# (same as C?) C## (same as D?) ... this is giving me a headache.

Your chord voicings are very helpful, but I'm stuck on the sharps and flats.

Comment by Casey Baron on December 29, 2019 at 6:49pm

I'm glad you enjoyed it Uncle John. This tuning is a lot of fun.

Comment by Uncle John on December 29, 2019 at 10:32am

I like that tuning and string relationship a lot.  I use GDGB and sometimes a step higher.  That thumb wrap on the big string makes a nice sound.   A very good sounding guitar.

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Califest cancelled?!

Started by Silent Jim in Fests and Concerts: Organizing and Promoting. Last reply by Richard Sundberg 1 hour ago. 9 Replies

Latest Activity

Poorness Studios liked Dave Nyberg's photo
14 minutes ago
Rufus Pearce posted photos
17 minutes ago
Bob Johnston liked Dave Nyberg's photo
48 minutes ago
T-Gripped liked Dave Lynas's photo
53 minutes ago
T-Gripped liked Dave Lynas's photo
54 minutes ago
T-Gripped replied to Jack Brady's discussion To put finish on a paper covered box or not?
"I typically do not spray newer boxes, but have used poly satin spray on old ones to help protect…"
55 minutes ago
Soap Box Blues commented on Berengario Tetaflor's video
1 hour ago
Richard Sundberg replied to Silent Jim's discussion Califest cancelled?!
"CALLYFEST is on! Thanks Jim, very inspiring and motivational photo my friend! I didn’t sleep…"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas liked Kenneth Lindahl's photo
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas commented on Kenneth Lindahl's photo


"Looks great. The tuners are on the head and tail. Cool!"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas posted photos
1 hour ago
Tim posted a discussion

Loose wire

I bought a humbucker fully wired set up.I have a white wire that is not solderer to anything. Where…See More
1 hour ago



© 2020   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->