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Cherokee Strut

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 5/19/2016
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Notes: The Nashville fiddler Tommy Jackson wrote Cherokee Shuffle, and it has become a staple for bluegrass banjo players. For reasons lost in the foggy mists of time, my band Silver Spring (in Vancouver, B.C., mid-1970s) changed the E minor to an E major and renamed it Cherokee Strut -- and note that the tune is typically played in the key of A; thus we are talking F# minor and F# major. My tab includes 2 breaks, the first in conventional 3-finger style and the second incorporating more melodic sequences. This was how I played more than 15 years before Bill Keith released his terrific arrangement. The structure of the tune is AABB.

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