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Cherokee Shuffle mandolin tabs

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    Mandolin Cherokee Shuffle tab



    • Difficulty
    • Key
    • Tempo
      110 bpm
    • Tuning

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


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.

Here you will find 3 different ways to play Cherokee Shuffle on mandolin. The beginner Cherokee Shuffle tab will show you how to play the basic melody line. Once you feel comfortable playing that then move on to learning the intermediate arrangement, which will teach you how to incorporate more 16th notes. Finally, the advanced Cherokee Shuffle tab shows you how to really show your playing off with some flash bluegrass licks all based on the melody.

Tunefox features several amazing learning tools to aid you in practicing Cherokee Shuffle tabs. For example, the tempo control slider will let you set an ideal tempo for practice and you can also click on measures to isolate specific sections of the song. The Speed Up tool will gradually increase the tempo each time the song or selected measures loop and the Memory Train feature will steadily hide notes in the song each time it loops.

Want to learn how to improvise over Cherokee Shuffle on mandolin? Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to change some of the measures into different style licks. You can basically create your own arrangement of the song, depending on what you want to learn. Pretty cool! If you want to randomly shuffle the licks in the song, go down to the bottom toolbar and click on Shuffle Licks.

Need to work on jamming? Use the Tunefox backing tracks, which are included with each arrangement of Cherokee Shuffle. You can mix the volume of mandolin, full band, and metronome to whatever level you’d like.

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