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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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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.

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...

[CIGAR BOX GUITAR LESSON] Body Like A Back Road

Country music is simple. And like birds singing in the morning, simple music just feels right.

Learning to play your cigar box guitar should be simple, too. It's a simple instrument, often built by simple means.
What better way to enjoy the simplicity of great music on your handmade musical instrument than to play a catchy country tune?
With this blog post you'll learn how to play Body Like A Back Road, the country music single that's spent more time in the #1 spot on country music charts than any other song by a solo artist, ever.
In this post are  a 5-minute video lesson a chart teaching you how to finger the 4 chords in this songand a breakdown of the strumming pattern (the biggest challenge to this tune) So let's get pickin' country music style!

The Cigar Box Guitar Builder Podcast | Episode 21

Do you ever listen to talk radio?

Whether sitting in the car, noodling around the shop, or passing time at work, listening to the kind of stuff you want to hear makes the day go by better.

Podcasts are the new talk radio, but better.

You can

find whatever you want to learn about or be entertained bydownload whatever suits your fancy take it with you wherever you go and listen to it whenever you want.
I love podcasts and spend at least an hour a day listening to my specialized interests - not what an ad-driven corporate radio giant wants to serve me.
In our world of cigar box guitars, there's someone who's connecting with other builders and players, having thoughtful conversations, and posting them to his podcast. 
And I'm honored that this man chose to have me on his show.

Click the "Keep reading" link below to see
my YouTube Vlog  where I talk about being on the podcastand hint at an upcoming How-to videothe full Vlog transcriptionthe link to the podcast. So with…