I'll Fly Away 3-String Cigar Box Guitar Lesson

Learn how to play the beautiful, old hymn I'll Fly Away on your 3-string cigar box guitar.

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To help learn this song, the video below has on-screen tablature to show you where to put your fingers on the fretboard.

And if you prefer to play with a slide, the same on-screen tablature can be used to learn over which fret to place it.

Video Lesson


Below you can scroll through the tablature to follow along with the video.

Plus, you can download the PDF version to keep on your computer, and to print hard copies so you can take the tabs with you wherever you go.

Click here to download the PDF tablature for I'll Fly Away.

Also, please feel free to share printed versions of this tablature, this blog post, and video with anyone who you think could find value in it.

Why This Song is Important to Me

This song came to me, or at least it's beauty registered with me, not too long ago.

And it did so at a pivotal time.

Over the past few years, several profound occurrences have converged, the result of which is wonderful.

The most important among them being that my heart has opened to faith.

For the first time in my life, I feel like I'm on a tipping point.

Behind me are resentment, judgment, loneliness, despair, and an undue emphasis on being right; on putting myself and my ego above all else.

In front of me is something infinite, something full of compassion and free of ego, something that fills me with meaning, purpose, and love.

And some of what has led me to this tipping point is music.

Opening My Heart to God

Through listening to, learning, and playing American country music, hymns, old gospel tunes, bluegrass, Americana et al., I have found God.

This discovery is also made possible by several other things, such as a loving and accepting partner, an alcohol abuse-free life, and a hunger for something greater than myself.

Moreover, I've learned to ignore the eye-rolls, and the judgment of faith from my fellow New Englanders.

All of those things have allowed me to open my mind and my heart to God.

Music, My Guide

This song and this lesson are a coming-out party, of sorts, for me.

With them, I am unashamedly tipping away from my past and tipping forward to God;

to exploring what faith can be and what it means to me;

to develop an understanding of and relationship with God;

to a life spent learning and growing and glorifying His name through the open expression of that journey, with music as a form of creative worship.


  1. Awesome testimony ,

    I recently ran across your videos on Youtube, a couple guys in the church worship band have got cigar box fever now. One of our men just made one using one of your videos as a guide.... and we cant put it down....HE thinks it is just awesome...Frankly its...hummm...OK, for the first try....

    Just like our Creator, we all have flaws and areas that could certainly be better...But somehow our creator looks past all that and calls us his Master Piece created for his glory. (Ephesians 2:10/NLT)

    Keep Shining

    1. Thank you for stopping by here to spend a moment reading, and for leaving your thoughts. I'm grateful for your time and attention.

      It's good to read that a friend of yours has found the joy in building CBGs. Like so many new things, there are a host of growing pains that can coincide with the newborn enthusiasm. Hopefully, that seed was planted in good soil, and it's roots will take hold to grow something greater.

      Again, thank you for being here and for your kind words.

      God bless