The Chicken Reel mandolin tabs & chords

  • 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

More about The Chicken Reel Mandolin song

The Tunefox Beginner tab is focusing on accenting the melody notes of the vocal line. Intermediate arrangement features more 16th note up and down strokes than the beginner version and Advanced version adds some tasty melodic flare.

There are a ton of tools in the Tunefox app that will help you learn The Chicken Reel tabs more efficiently and effectively. Use the tempo control slider to slow down the whole song, or isolate problematic measures. You can also activate the "Speed Up" tool to speed up isolated measures each time they loop. Use the "Memory Train" tool to hide more and more notes each time you play through the song.

Once you learn the main arrangement of The Chicken Reel, try switching out the licks in the song to learn about improvisation and creativity. You can do this by using the Tunefox Lick Switcher, which features hand-crafted licks built specifically for each tab. If you’re looking to spice up the entire arrangement of The Chicken Reel, click Shuffle Licks, which can be found in the bottom tool bar.

The backing tracks included in all tab versions of The Chicken Reel are a great tool for practicing the melody or improvisation. Go to Settings to change the volume levels of the mandolin, full band tracks, and metronome to suit your practice needs.

Members can also export all of their arrangements into PDF files.