Mandolin

The Chicken Reel mandolin tabs & chords

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  • The Chicken Reel is a fun little tune that plays with major/minor tonality, a trait common to blues music, but in this case a fiddle tune. The melody here is paraphrased to simplicity, but still maintains the key notes that make this tune instantly identifiable. The substitution licks will challenge you and provide a lot of interesting variations!

    • Key D
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Beginner
  • Sixteenth notes have arrived in this arrangement of The Chicken Reel! More notes is a common fiddle tune characteristic. While it can sound great, it can be a real challenge. Slow this one down to 40 or 50 bpm. Easier right? Play at whatever speed you need. You don't have to play like Chris Thile today. You are in this for the long run. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Intermediate
  • Cross-picking! While more common to guitar, cross-picking is definitely a big part of bluegrass mandolin. Ever heard of Jesse McReynolds? If not, it's time for a trip to your local record store!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Advanced