Cigar Box GuitarWords by Danielle Longueville

If you’re feeling a little DIY during your perusing about of 35 Denton, our day-time programmers have the ultimate pit stop for you. Introducing the first of its kind for 35D: The Cigar Box Guitar Building Workshop.

Cigar box guitars, a rare but amusing find these days, were born of innovation and creativity of poor musicians as early back as the 1800s who simply could not afford to purchase guitars. Instead, these ambitious musicians found common objects and turned them into vessels of music, so their songs could be heard. Today, they’re a great ‘round-the-house novelty and musical challenge for musicians of any level.

Starting Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (GDAC,) participants will be given firsthand experience on how to construct your own cigar box guitar.

Under the direction of local luthier Tommy Miller of the American Folk Instruments workshop, students will build his or her own one-of-a-kind instrument from a customized kit of their choosing. By the end of the session, you’ll have your own fully functioning four-string music makin’ machine to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, or during an impromptu busking along the downtown square streets. Either way, this is going to be an awesome, interactive event and that’s fun for the whole family.

Spaces are limited, so register by clicking the link and become part of the American Folk Instruments family! The Workshop will take place Saturday, March 12th at The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (GDAC) during the 35 Denton Music Festival.

Get your tickets here!

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