How To Play Midnight Special on 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

Here's the next video in my CBG Tutorials series. In this video, I explain how to play Midnight Special (originally recorded by Leadbelly) on a 3-string cigar box guitar. The great thing about this song is it leaves a lot of room for improvisation. Play the way you hear it in your head.

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Comment by Poorness Studios on July 29, 2021 at 11:39am

Yeah. It's a classic and a great improv song for sure. Thanks Unc.

Comment by Uncle John on July 29, 2021 at 9:24am

Good on the advice, man.   

Comment by Uncle John on July 29, 2021 at 9:24am

Sounds good.   That great old song seems to fall in and out of my playing repertoire.   Currently out but maybe to return.  My fave version is by Willie Watson.

Comment by Poorness Studios on July 28, 2021 at 5:05pm

That's Bill. That's exactly what I was going for.

AGP. That's a crazy coincidence. You could easily adapt this riff to fretless git by using open, 5th, and 7th with the slide. 

Comment by AGP # on July 28, 2021 at 5:03pm

"Well Done Poorness", always great to see a well explained easy to follow Tutorial, and a fine selection of song, love both Huddy's and CCR's versions, and funnily enough my recent AGP #435 "Taz" Build, was done whilst listening to a heap of John Fogerty's Solo Albums  :-)

Comment by Bill Saunders on July 28, 2021 at 5:00pm

Nice tutorial! Great to see the different levels of play you show that anyone from a total beginner to an expert can play.

Comment by Poorness Studios on July 28, 2021 at 1:20pm

Thanks Doug. I hope to see a lot of covers of this hitting YouTube soon. LOL.

Comment by Doug Thorsvik on July 28, 2021 at 12:27pm

Keeping it simple for a straightforward classic tune. Great job Kale!

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