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Cherokee Shuffle

B Part With Help From The 7th

Hello All,

Nice to be back with you after a little break! This week I’m showing you the B part of Cherokee Shuffle, which is notable for its cool chromatic pickup notes at the very beginning.

You can learn the B part and play it and that can be the end of that. OR you can put on your music theory hat for a second and notice how those chromatic notes turn our 1 chord into a 7th chord which changes the harmonic gravity of the whole key for a second and makes us crave a big 4 chord! Good thing that this B section is mostly rooted around a 4 chord. It all adds up to a super satisfying whole.

Nerdy stuff, but I think it’s so cool to try and glimpse behind the curtain and figure out what makes the things we like tick. Sort of like taking a radio apart and putting it back together.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Cherokee Shuffle B Section


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:31 Breakdown of Cherokee Shuffle B Section

Loop 17:55 Slow Practice Loop of B Section

Loop 18:56 Closing Thoughts

Loop 20:00 Chris Playing Rhythm




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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jul 16, 2017


Hi Chris - I've been working on Cherokee Shuffle and wanted to check in with what I have so far so I don't get too far out of line before you get to a point where you may wrap it up.  I've modeled parts of it the way you played it in the very first lesson when you introduced the tune. I'm having trouble with what I regard as one of the coolest parts of the tune in the B section and I tell you what I mean in my video. The tune is really fun to play as is most everything you show us. As always ... thank  you so much for all of your help and I'm so happy this site exists and you're part of it.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jul 18, 2017

Kip, man, you sound great! Seriously, I love how much of this stuff you've learned and how quick and fluent you've gotten. It's really awesome! 

Re: that part in the B section: it is much easier for me to do a big stretch like that if I open up between my index and middle fingers. I have an easier time splitting those two knuckles, vs splitting the ring and pinky fingers. So you might try using, index, middle and pinky for that big stretch/chord. 



Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jul 19, 2017

Thanks Chris for the encouragement ... I have to make up for years of strumming and bumbling around but I do work at it when I can and really enjoy your lessons. I can't thank you enough and would really dig another Norman Blake tune some time like maybe a version of Ginseng Sullivan : )

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jul 31, 2017

Ginseng Sullivan - noted!


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