Hello Fellow Flatpickers!
We’ve got a new tune to start working on this week: Cherokee Shuffle. It comes from a great Alabama fiddler named Tommy Jackson. Mr. Jackson played a slightly more crooked version than I’m showing you. His form was AAB rather than the AABB from that I’m showing you, but if you ever jam this tune with another person it is almost guaranteed that they will play the AABB form. That said, if you’re so inclined you should listen to Tommy Jackson’s version. Some of the notes will be different but it will be clearly identifiable as the same tune. But I digress….
Cherokee Shuffle is in the key of A and the chords move pretty quickly, but they are super satisfying musically. It’s fun to play both the melody and to improvise over this song. I think the structure of the chords have a lot to do with that. In this lesson I’ll point a couple of passing chords that help move the tune along.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Cherokee Shuffle
Loop 2:14 Breakdown of Cherokee Shuffle
Loop 15:55 Closing Thoughts
Loop 16:55 Practice Loop of Rhythm