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Cherokee Shuffle banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    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!

    • Key G
    • 125 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

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

    • Key G
    • 125 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    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!

    • Key G
    • 125 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Cherokee Shuffle Banjo song

Banjo Cherokee Shuffle tab

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.