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Banjo tablatures for Cherokee Shuffle


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #up-tempo

Banjo player Howard Bursen and many others have identified "Cherokee Shuffle" as a West Coast version of “Lost Indian” which could be traced back to fiddler Tommy Magness's recording of it in the 1930s. However, it was Tommy Jackson who later transformed the Magness’s Lost Indian into Cherokee shuffle. He added a distinctive second part and changed the key to "A." Many fiddlers took Tommy’s addition to the earlier version and infused it into Magness tune.

There are two main versions of Cherokee Shuffle in circulation and one of them has ‘A’ and ‘B’ part with the same length, while the other doesn’t.

  • Banjo Cherokee Shuffle Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    Try making the chords in the B section all 7th chords! This will make the song sound a lot more bluesy, and give you some more improvisation ideas!

    Banjo Cherokee Shuffle Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Cherokee Shuffle Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This is a high break to Cherokee Shuffle that has some advanced right and left hand techniques.

    Banjo Cherokee Shuffle Melodic Style
  • Banjo Cherokee Shuffle Backup


    This backup version of Cherokee Shuffle mixes vamping and rolling to give you ideas on how to make your backup fluid and interesting both for you and your jam buddies!

    Banjo Cherokee Shuffle Backup