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Longtime fans of the tune of the week series may be having feelings of deja vu.
“Cherokee Shuffle?” Didn’t we do that one already?
The answer is, yes, “Cherokee Shuffle” has made an appearance on the tune of the week series before. In the key of D, that is.
Some folks, especially (but not always) in bluegrass circles, play this tune in the key of A.
So, in the spirit of banjofication, I’ve adapted my clawhammer version for that key as well.
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I think you’ll find this rendition of “Cherokee Shuffle” not too challenging to get under your fingers, including the occasional excursion up the neck.
This tune is also the first purely instrumental fiddle tune in our banjofication series. I’m especially fond of the sound of the clawhammer and fingerstyle banjo pairing for fiddle tunes. Plus, there’s also something subversively delightful about two banjos playing a fiddle tune without a devil’s box in sight.
aEAC#E tuning, Brainjo level 3
Notes on the Tab
Notes in parentheses are “skip” notes. To learn more about these, check out my video lesson on the subject.
The “Galax lick” appears in this tune in the 1st and 3rd measures, as indicated by the up arrow. For those unfamiliar with the technique, you’ll find a playlist of videos demonstrating this and other techniques in this article all about reading the tabs.
For more on reading tabs in general, check out this complete guide to reading banjo tabs.
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