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Cherokee Shuffle mandolin tabs

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    Mandolin Cherokee Shuffle tab

    Beginner

    Traditional

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      A
    • Tempo
      80 bpm
    • Tuning
      GDAE

    This is a basic melody arrangement of Cherokee Shuffle so you can start working with the metronome on your timing. Once you feel good about that, move on to the intermediate version to add in more melody notes.

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  • Intermediate

    Traditional

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      A
    • Tempo
      95 bpm
    • Tuning
      GDAE

    Here you’ll start to see the melody become more bluegrassy. You’ll hear more for the trademark licks that make this such a great jam tune.

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  • Advanced

    Traditional

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      A
    • Tempo
      110 bpm
    • Tuning
      GDAE

    This arrangement of Cherokee Shuffle includes more long, flowing lines similar to how a professional mandolinist like Adam Steffy would play the melody.

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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.