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New to playing cigar box guitar? Start with Shane Speal's beginner lesson

Shane Speal -- the driving force behind the modern cigar box guitar movement -- got called out on his video lessons... they weren't basic enough!

So Shane responded with this 6:33 minute video...
How to Play Cigar Box Guitar - The very BEGINNING lesson!

In this lesson, geared towards the absolute beginner, you'll learn:

 How to hold a pick Slideshow to fit to your fingerwhich finger to use How to play with a slidedon't mash the stringshold right over the fret Quick lick (to get you playing right away) Picking handstrumming pattern for quick lick

With great close-ups on both the slide and picking hands, and essential basic playing tips, this beginner lesson gives you the tools to find immediate success playing your cigar box guitar.


What's your favorite beginner cigar box guitar lesson?
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Memorial Day Weekend | Second Garden Installation

In a full squat with my butt to my heels and sweat dripping from my face, I hug my arms around a roll of sod, drive up through my heels and hoist it into our wheelbarrow. This is one of several sod rolls removed from a square-ish patch in the backyard, making way for a second garden. Today -- a warm, cloud-covered day, hovering around 80° and humid -- was a good day to break a sweat; break some Earth; and do some country-living on our city lot.


The first garden, closest to the house, was installed last week. Given the dirt around here is sandy, doesn't hold water, and isn't particularly good to plant in, we bought a yard of "super-loam" at a nearby nursery, tossed it along with some dirt from the other side of the barn and created a mound-like garden. Mixing the super-loam and dirt from the yard seemed like a reasonable idea. The first-week results, however, aren't too promising. The first garden seems a bit lackluster.


So what, exactly, got planted? Well, the c…

Serving the Homeless: A Lesson in Dignity

At the end of December 2017 and beginning of January 2018, some of the coldest temperatures on record in my hometown threatened the lives of the homeless. The thought of anyone suffering through dangerous weather breaks my heart. Perhaps my ego crafts a flawed story of unfortunate souls who may not ask for, but are in need of, help. Perhaps the plight of winter homelessness clouds my judgement as someone shuffles by me on the sidewalk on his way to God knows where in ruthless winter weather. My pity, it seems, is not in short supply. Knowing that I cannot turn my head away from someone else suffering, I joined local efforts to support the homeless during that deathly cold weather, and in those volunteer experiences learned that of the things the homeless need, pity isn’t one. Rather, I learned if there’s something homeless men and women need, other than support to survive, it’s to be treated with dignity.

Will Jerome Graille revolutionize cigar box guitars?

Is a cigar box guitar destined to play only the blues?

What exactly can you play on a cigar box guitar?

In this post you get 6 different videos showing how one man is changing the way cigar box guitars are perceived, and revolutionizing how they are played.

Introducing Eric Denton | The Man Who Makes Cigar Box Guitars Sing

Looking for some new music?

Want something to point to when someone asks, "Is a cigar box guitar a real guitar?"

In this post you’ll discover an artist who has stepped forward, representing the cigar box guitar world, with heartfelt original music played on his handmade cigar box guitars.

[ARTIST PROFILE] Found Object Instrument Making With Zeke Leonard

He's a madman, in the best sense of the word.

He deconstructs pianos and reanimates the remains into new musical instruments.

He erects monuments of music out of salvaged timbers, sinks, and fire extinguishers.

He opens your eyes to the potential for art in the discarded objects around you.

"As a former theater set designer I used to build beautiful things, and they'd be thrown in the trash when their use has passed. Now I take things out of the trash and make beautiful things." - Zeke Leonard
For seven years, Zeke Leonard has been sharing his stories of experimentation and instrument-building on his blog, Salt City Found Object Instrument Works.
Each of Zeke's stories builds upon the last towards a height yet unseen, but certain to dizzy the rest of us in its genius.
For Zeke, a university assistant-professor and traveling impresario for handmade found-object musical instruments, the story started with a simple stick and a box,



but turned into something much, mu…

Use The Gambler's 6 Step Guide to Build Your Best Cigar Box Guitar Ever

Everyone knows The Gambler, that classic country song popularized by crooner Kenny Rogers.

But what only a few people know is that The Gambler isn’t just a smokey rail-car story sung by a velvet-voiced country star.

The Gambler is a 6 step guide to making your own cigar box guitar.

So lean back and take a look at this study of how you, the cigar box guitar builder, benefit from a The Gambler's 6 guide.

With cigar box guitars, you got to...