Cheat Your Way Into Playing Cigar Box Guitar

Learn to play "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams Sr.

Who's to say that cheaters never win?

This lesson is a fine example of what can be played on a cigar box guitar.

And "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams Sr. has the kind of melody that is a clear winner for any CBG player's repertoire. 

What you're going to find here is a video lesson on how to play this country classic.

Give me 10 minutes of your time and I'll get you playing "Your Cheatin' Heart" with a slide on your cigar box guitar.

Some tips to start

Playing with a slide can be a little awkward, especially for a beginner.

Trust me, I know.

Keep some of these tips in mind as you learn to play with a slide. 

Over time, with a little practice, you won't even think about 'em anymore and you'll just be playing like a champ.
  • Press the strings lightly with your slide
    • don't bear down too hard, just use enough pressure to sound the note
  • Keep the slide perpendicular to the strings/neck
    • keeping the slide straight across the strings helps to keep things "in tune"
  • You can lay a finger or two on the string behind the slide
    • this helps to reduce any wayward ringing or buzzing of the strings as you pluck 'em
Above all, relax.

You're not in a contest. Have fun. Take your time. 

As time goes along playing with a slide will become less of something you concentrate on, and becomes something that happens naturally.

Now let's get to it...

Get free, downloadable tablature for "Your Cheatin' Heart" on my Tabs page

There I have two different tabs -
and the other for the chords and melody (specifically for fretted CBG).

What Hank Williams Sr. song would you like to learn? Tell me in the comments.


  1. Glenn,
    Could you tell me the best way to use a piezo rod in a CBG? I looked at the way Shane Speal presented it . It sounded great but i didnt completely understand it. Could you please give me some direction about installing a Piezo hard rod for an acoustic CBG? Thanks so much!!

  2. guitar man,
    This is a question I've been posed on several occasions and is time I answered. In my next cigar box guitar I'll install a rod piezo and make a "How-to" out of it.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave your question here. Follow my Cigar Box Guitars Collection on Google+ to get the info when I first post it.