The Revolution is NOW

Welcome to the most comprehensive resource on the internet for learning how to play a 3 string cigar box guitar.

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Don't just take my word for it though, have a look around for yourself, starting with the two big ones.

The Starter Pack is a complete method for learning to drive your 3 string cigar box guitar.

88 seperate videos, nearly 10 hours in duration, over 50 pdf files, audio files, jam trax and more in two separate courses for fretted and fretless 3 string guitars.

More experienced players will also want to check out The Blues Pack, a comprehensive method for blues improvisation on a 3 string guitar.

Musician, professional educator and specialist in online training, Patrick Curley has made a concrete and significant contribution to the Cigar Box Guitar community. Check it out.

Supporting the Killer Blues Headstone Project


The blues is about payin' your dues so 10% of the cost of every Blues Pack will be heading back home. The Killer Blues Headstone Project pays respect to the great contributions of the blues pioneers by providing them with headstones where they don't have one. A travesty that needs to be redressed.

I'm brand new to this and need to get started, take me to The Starter  Pack


I can get around my instrument OK but I want to learn to improvise and play the blues. Take me to The Blues Pack. Vive La Revolution


There are many ways to make your learning more successful in an online course. One of those is by connecting with myself and other players to discuss how we're going and to help each other out.

This year I'm starting a new initiative Connect. It all starts at the Forum where you can, amongst other things, register for the LearnCigarBoxGuitar Connect community on YouTube.

To find out more....

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From the Blues Pack

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Your Free lesson

Here's the lesson format. There are a few things missing, the important Q and A section, the links to the other lessons, but essentially your lesson page looks like this.

This one for now contains the old (very old) free lessons from the Slidin' course I'll be updating them as soon as I get a chance.

Skype Lessons

I've researched widely to develop a successful method of delivering online training. Both The Starter Pack and The Blues Pack represent the best of current web based education practices.

In addition I'm now offering Skype Lessons to complete the most comprehensive method for learning cigar box guitar anywhere on the internet.

Three String Slide

A full, comprehensive course for 3 string slide players including how to use your slide, how to fingerpick and a stack of classic tunes to play. As this instrument is so well suited to playing the blues you'll find a lot of that in here.

Learning Music, A Journey in Listening - The First Step

Learning music needn't be hard. It may sometimes appear that way but that's more to do with how it's presented than anything else. This is the first in a series of blogs aimed at demystifying the study of music using methods that I've found effective over many years. The learning can be summed up in two essentiual premises

Premise no 1 -  Words are only useful when they can describe what you are hearing.

Buying a Cigar Box Guitar

The number one rule of buying a guitar is always, always, always play the thing first.

That's fine if the shop in town can order in any guitar you like but if you're buying a handmade boutique instrument that isn't always possible. Now there's this thing called the internet and we can buy stuff from all over the world but until we can play a guitar on another continent we struggle to obey that number one rule, but we can get close. Here's the rub.

Know what you want.

Step by Step

Have you ever entertained the thought that learning music is something that's just not for you? That some people can do it and other's just can't? That some people just have a gift and they're the only ones that can get any good at it? Well there's some truth in that.


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The Starter Pack Slidin' course


Your free ebook

This short eBook will help you demystify the playing of chords on a 3 string guitar.



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In early October, 2014 I was bitten by the Cigar Box Guitar bug.

So, I built a 3-string CBG. Not sure how I got to that piont.

I've been making my way througn the original sliding course and have enjoyed it a lot.

Just completed the Starter Pack over the last two months.

Very impressed with this CBG Starter lesson pack.