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Cherokee Shuffle guitar tabs

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    Guitar Cherokee Shuffle tab

    Beginner

    Traditional

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      EADGBE

    Cherokee Shuffle is one of the most famous jam pieces because of it’s catchy melody and fun chords. This solo gives you a great foundation before moving to the intermediate solo.

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  • Intermediate

    Traditional

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      EADGBE

    There’s quite a bit more embellishment in this intermediate version of Cherokee Shuffle and you’ll really see the piece come to life.

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  • Advanced

    Traditional

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      EADGBE

    This solo gives you a more fiddle-like approach and will challenge you if you’re not used to playing long lines. Practice Tip: Play along with the backing tracks at 60-80 bpm to achieve maximum note clarity.

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More about Cherokee Shuffle

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.