[Video Lessons & Tab] Learn how to play Cotton Fields on your 3-string cigar box guitar



Want to learn how to play Cotton Fields on your cigar box guitar?

Like to keep cigar box guitar lessons short and sweet?

In this post you get 3 essential resources to learn how to play the much-loved classic, Cotton Fields.

The resources include -

  • a 1 minute video lesson to learn how to play Cotton Fields with just 1 finger
  • a full 8 minute lesson with more advanced chord shapes and strumming pattern
  • downloadable and printable PDF tablature and strumming pattern 
  • plus a bonus video tutorial on how to read the PDF

So let's keep rollin'.

It's time to learn Cotton Fields on your 3-string cigar box guitar.


Cotton Fields


Cotton Fields was first recorded by bluesman Leadbelly in 1940. 

It has since been covered dozens of times by artists like Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Elvis.

The song is simple and soulful, which makes it perfect to play on your cigar box guitar.

And with these 3 resources, you'll be playing Cotton Fields in no time.


The Video Lessons


Here are the two video lessons. 

In both videos the CBG (cigar box guitar) is tuned G - D - g.

Also in both videos, numbers appear on the screen showing you where to put your fingers on the fret board of your CBG.


Video 1


The 1 finger, 1 minute lesson


At just under a minute long, the first video is a quick walk-through of how to play Cotton Fields with just 1 finger.

The guitar in the video is tuned G - D- g.

The numbers displayed on the screen during the video indicate which fret to play.

Put your finger right behind whatever fret is displayed.

When "0" is displayed, simply play all three strings open (un-fretted).




Video 2


The full lesson


This is the full, 8-minute lesson for Cotton Fields.

In it, the guitar is tuned G - D - g.

The numbers displayed in the video indicate which frets to play on a designated string.

So if you see 5 - 2 - 0 on the screen...

  • press the lowest (thickest) string down right behind the 5th fret
  • press the middle string down right behind the 2nd fret
  • let the highest (thinnest) string vibrate freely (played open)




Tab and strumming pattern


Below is a preview of the tab and strumming pattern for Cotton Fields.

It's a handy visual aid, free to download and print, to see how and when the chords are played.





How to read the tab and strumming pattern


Here is an explanation of how to read the tab and strumming pattern.




Download the PDF


Download this free, printable PDF.

In it are the tablature and strumming pattern for Cotton Fields.

So there you have it. In this post you got 
  • a one minute, one finger video lesson
  • a full video lesson with challenging chord shapes
  • a downloadable and printable PDF tablature with strumming pattern
  • and a video tutorial on how to read the PDF

I hope you find these things to be of value to you. 

If you know someone who may benefit from this blog post, please share it with her or him.

Above all, have fun learning how to play Cotton Fields on your 3-string cigar box guitar.

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