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“Groundhogs are not only edible, they’re tender and delicious if properly cleaned and prepared. They live on a completely vegetarian diet, and carry no life threatening diseases for humans. Groundhogs are similar to rabbit in taste, and most recipes for groundhog have you prepare them in the same manner.”
The above quote is taken from an article on “How To Clean And Skin A Groundhog” on the website Practical Self Reliance.
It’s regrettable that most modern day fans of old time music haven’t tasted the full array of small-to-medium sized members of the rodentia family that so many of our beloved tunes pay homage to.
And by the sound of the aforementioned description, it seems we’re missing out (in fact, we’ve already sung its praises in a prior Song of the Week).
Well, our protagonists in today’s Tune of the Week installment didn’t miss out. Why the event was deemed significant enough to be memorialized in song we may never know, as the story of the title’s origins appears to have died with its creator.
Fortunately, the tune itself has endured! In fact, it has endured in more than one form.
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There’s a two part version in the key of C, which traces its roots to Kentucky.
And there’s a three part version in the key of D, which traces its origins to fiddler Ed Haley of West Virginia, and is the rendition you hear today.
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“Indian Ate A Woodchuck”
aDADE tuning, Brainjo level 3-4
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Notes on the Tab
Notes in parentheses are “skip” notes. To learn more about these, check out my video lesson on the subject.
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