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Cluck Old Hen

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  • This simplified version is based on the Fiddle playing of Alison Krauss. Her version is based on the Stanley Brothers. If you are a beginner player learning this tune, don't feel bad about trying to practice and learn at a tempo below 60. Go as slow as you need to get the notes right. Pause and go note by note, then measure by measure if you have to. Once you start connecting notes and phrases, slowly work your way up to the goal tempo of 60 bpm. If you are an intermediate or advanced player you can use this simple version and challenge yourself by cranking up the tempo :)

    • Key G
    • 60 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Beginner
  • This version is very closely based on the fiddle playing of Allison Krauss, with some of the riffs being adjusted for intermediate guitar players, but the spirit is still there. Alison puts the Blue in Bluegrass, and so can you! Work on this at what ever tempo is comfortable, and try to build it up to the 125-130bpm range which is where Alison & Union Station played it.

    • Key G
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Intermediate
  • This is based on the traditional arrangement of the tune, rather than the Stanley Brothers' take. It is deceptively simple. Watch out for the cross-picking riffs in measures 2 and 4. If you want more challenge and variety remember to switch out the licks. Hit shuffle and get a completely different arrangement! When coming up with your own licks, make use of the harmonic minor scale, especially when passing over that E chord.

    • Key Am
    • 98 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Advanced