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Bill Cheatum guitar tabs

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    Beginner

    Traditional

    Bill Cheatum is a popular jam tune. Slap that capo on the 2nd fret to make this arrangement out of it’s normal key - A!

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  • Intermediate

    Traditional

    This arrangement of Bill Cheatum is more like a fiddler may play the melody in that it’s got flowing lines that effortlessly move from one register to another.

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  • Advanced

    Traditional

    This is an involved arrangement of Bill Cheatum with some flashy crosspicking at the beginning of each measure in the A section. Super cool!

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More about Bill Cheatum

Bill Cheatum is known under many names, some include "Cheatum," "Cheat 'Em," "Old Bill Cheatum." This fiddle tune is common throughout the southern part of the country, which is where it found its origin. The name “Old Bill Cheatum”, was first heard in the Ozarks mountains and was compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph. It was published in 1954 by Randolph. The earliest recording of the tune was done by Texas fiddler Eck Robertson in 1922 and it was part of his “Brilliancy Medley”. Other versions includes “Cheat Em” by the Allen brothers and "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith" from Tennessee did his own rendition in 1940. “Bill Cheatum” has no doubt experienced a long bout of popularity and bluegrass and old-time music and is a staple at fiddler's conventions and jam sessions.