Key of G modal– gDGCD
In this, Tunetorial number 14, Dan "Clawdan" Levenson teaches The Cuckoo.
There are SO many variations on this tune both notational and timing-wise that while this should get you started, you will really want to pick a version that you and your friends agree on.
As it is presented, yes, there are 6 beats in the 2nd endings of both parts and the final ending. AND just to confuse matters a bit more, for one more variation, there are an extra three measures that can replace measures 1 and 2 in the B part AND replace measures 3 & 4 as well making the first 4 measures of the B part 6 measures long for a total of a 10 measure B part.
Phew! Enjoy...Like all old time, everyone plays it differently, but the masters from the Round Peak area of the country (Mt. Airy, NC, Galax, VA) did things just a bit MORE different than others which added spark to the tunes and made them not quite what everyone else played.
In this tunetorial, Dan does things a bit differently too as he just starts into the tune, plays it a few times, varies, adjusts, arranges and teaches the sections as he goes. Let us know how you like this different approach.
This tune is tabbed out in Dan's book Old Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo (MB 30224).