NEW VIDEO LESSON: R. L. Burnside's "Nine Days In Jail"


Hi all!

I'm continuing my series on classic blues songs arranged for cigar box guitar with this fantastic song by the great RL Burnside.  "Nine Days in Jail" was originally released on his album, My Black Name A-Ringin' and has that signature North Mississippi groove to it.

NEW Shane Speal Cigar Box Guitar Strings from

I am proud to announce my brand new 3-string signature sets from  The strings come in either acoustic or electric and are the same exact gauges I use in every concert.  TUNINGS:  Each string pack also includes my tuning guide, allowing you to take your cigar box guitar from an Open G to jazz, Hawaiian and even dirty blues tunings. 

Five Reasons Why You Suck at Slide Guitar

By Shane Speal.  This article was originally posted in my Guitar World column.

Have you ever bought a guitar slide and had intentions of ripping new leads with it, only to discover when you get home that it’s damn near impossible to use? 

I’ve been there, too. 

Playing slide guitar, well, takes a little dedication in practice, but also in the way you set up your gear, too. 

Here’s a quick rundown of five roadblocks that might be keeping you from sliding: 

New Secret Prizes at

Remember toy suprises in the cereal box? When I started my own guitar slide company, I wanted to surprise folks in the same way that Cap'n Crunch did back in the 70's...except I would include stickers, collectible pins and burlap "mojo" bags instead of bicycle license plates.

I just got the brand new Felix the Cat stickers in.  Each one is 4.25" square and is screen printed on weatherproof vinyl.  They look awesome on guitar cases and car bumpers!  Starting today, I'm tucking one inside every order. 

I've continued to introduce various collectible 1.5" pins that are included with every guitar slide.  (Have you collected the pins?  Send me a picture of your collection!) 

I hope to bring out even more guitar slides and work with artisans who craft these awesome pieces. For me, every slide inspires a new song or playing style.  

Thanks for making my life fun!  I hope you're enjoying this stuff as much as I am.

Staying primal...always,

Start Shopping Snake Oil Medicine Bottle Slide - $10 each (2 slide set for $15)

As featured at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS!  Get 'em here - I ship worldwide.

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The Preacher hand-tooled brass slide - $13

Fully adjustible for all size fingers. 
See the demo video in the link.  
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VIDEO: How to Develop Vibrato in Your Slide Hand

Every slide guitarist has a signature tremolo.  Here's how you can start to get yours.  Remember to only wobble half a fret away from your starting note!  Grab a Stubby Slide and watch the video below...

VIDEO: Further Adventures in MANGLING the Open G Tuning!

LET'S MANGLE THE OPEN G TUNING AGAIN!!!  Let's retune just one string and make the fretboard FRESH.  This is a G major tuning, a tin pan alley version of the blues tuning.  If you're in Open G, simply retune…

CIGAR BOX GUITAR VIDEO SERIES: Play these "Hoedown" Riffs to Improve Your Picking Hand

Let's do a little chicken pickin' today with my favorite hoedown licks. In this lesson series, I break it down into an exercise that will build up your picking and Stubby Slide chops.  As we go on in the next videos, I show how that simple riff can be morphed into blues and even Appalachian murder ballad styles. Start slow and build up speed over time.