The Chicken Reel has a melody that sounds almost comical. The way it hangs on the minor third note and goes into the major third note, makes it sound like it's unsure of what it wants to do! That's part of the charm. This is a beginner melody that's nice and easy to play. The only challenge is a pinky stretch to the fourth fret of the B string. Don't feel like you have to hold the C chord down while you play this. A little position shifting it ok.Learn
Most people play this tune in D. A lot of flat-pickers might play out of C shape with the capo at the third fret, but if you take off the capo you open up new melodic opportunities. The main one we'll take advantage of here is hammering on from open D to the fourth fret. Normally this would require some cross-picking out of C shape, but now we can get a more accurate melody without the extra picking by using hammer-ons. Remember to check out the lick switcher to find some new and interesting variations of The Chicken Reel.Learn
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What skill level do you consider yourself to be at? With Tunefox, we meet you at your level with 3 different guitar tabs - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. To learn the basic melody of this song (which is good for musicians at all levels), start with the beginner arrangement of The Chicken Reel. Work your way up to the advanced version, where you’ll learn a more ‘professional’ solo for the song.
Use Tunefox’s unique practice tools to improve your speed and get off the tab faster so you can jam sooner. The "Speed-Up" tool will incrementally increase the tempo of the song so you can build up to your ideal tempo for the tune. Use "Memory-Train" to liberate yourself from the tab. This practice tool will make the notes in the song gradually disappear, forcing you not to look at the tab anymore. Click on measures to isolate and loop them for practice.
The The Chicken Reel backing tracks that Tunefox offers are a great way for you to practice the arrangement you’ve learned and improvising over the chord changes. You can mix the tracks to meet your needs by changing the volume levels of the guitar, band, and metronome.
What to learn some variations on the melody of The Chicken Reel? In each arrangement of this song you’ll find multiple licks that you can switch out to explore and discover new ways to play the song and learn about different styles along the way. Use the lick switcher by clicking on "Original Measure" above certain measures. To see a completely new arrangement of the song, click on "Shuffle Licks" in the bottom right corner of the page.
Members can also export all of their banjo The Chicken Reel arrangements into PDF files.