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Banjo tablatures for Cuckoo's Nest


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #old time, #fiddle tune, #instrumental

This melody is embraced from the collection of Jeannie Robertson of Aberdeen. And her chronicles of this melody can be found on her Collector EP I Ken "Where I'm Going" (recorded in London, January 1959), on the compilation Songs of Seduction (The Folk Songs of Britain Volume 2; Caedmon 1961; Topic 1968), as the title track of her Prestige/Transatlantic LP The Cuckoo's Nest and Other Scottish Folk Songs and on the Saydisc CD treasury Songs of the Traveling People (recorded in Aberdeen in 1953). It is an amazingly prominent English song known all through the British Isles and British North America whose title, the 'cuckoo's home,' ordinarily alluded to female pubic hair. It dates to any event in the mid-eighteenth century. James Aird's printing in his Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 (1782, pg. 66) incorporates a fascinating fourth strain, not found in different sources. Matt Seattle (1987, 1994) accepts the tune to initially have been a Scots Measure in D Minor with the title "Come Ashore Jolly Tar (with) Your Trousers On," however takes note of those numerous variants of this tune to exist, with very significant variety between them, in major and minor keys (he comments that the Northumbrian William Vicker's late eighteenth-century setting is clearly minor, in spite of the key signature). The title shows up in various eighteenth and nineteenth-century move accumulations and made Henry Robson's rundown of well known Northumbrian routine tunes, which he distributed c. 1800.

  • Banjo Cuckoo's Nest Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    Open D. Scruggs Style. Let's get it.

    Banjo Cuckoo's Nest Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Cuckoo's Nest Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    A little single string action and light stretching is used to accurately nail this classic fiddle tune melody.

    Banjo Cuckoo's Nest Melodic Style
  • Banjo Cuckoo's Nest Single String Style

    Single String Style

    Some straightforward single string for all you progressive pickers out there. Get even more tasty riffs in the lick switcher ;)

    Banjo Cuckoo's Nest Single String Style