These fiddle tunes have been on a list for me to work on for
a long time, so I put these here for me, and all of you who
are working on the same thing.  Good luck building speed!

The bold, black notes and numbers in the diagrams below show which Major scale notes and scale degrees (do, re, mi...) make up each melody. 

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
A Major scaleA
B
C#D
E
F#
G#

This song is a blast to play, but it takes awhile to get down!  If you're struggling with this, first make sure that you know the melody by heart (you can hum it in your head at will), and then once you have it down, start with a really slow speed and work your way up.  Most folks start trying to play new fiddle tunes at way too fast of a tempo!

Cherokee Shuffle: Backing Tracks in A Major

Cherokee Shuffle (in A Major)
Pick a reasonable tempo for you & build speed!

    See these scales with a Fretboard Toolbox:​

  • Use page 13 of any Complete Edition
  • Use pages 7-10 of any Essential Edition

Cherokee Shuffle Chord Progression

A Part (2x)I
III

I
Ivivi

IV
IVII

V
VII
B Part (2x)IVIVII

IV
IVII

IVIVII

IIvivi

IVVII

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Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
A MajorIA, C#, E
D MajorIVD, F#, A
E Major
V
E, G#, B
F# minorviF#, A, C#

  • Cherokee in A 20pct5:32
  • Cherokee in A 30pct4:36
  • Cherokee in A 40pct3:54
  • Cherokee in A 50pct3:26
  • Cherokee in A 60pct3:03
  • Cherokee in A 70pct2:45
  • Cherokee in A 80pct2:30
  • Cherokee in A 90pct2:18
  • Cherokee in A 100pct2:07
  • Cherokee in A 110pct1:57
  • Cherokee in A 120pct1:50
  • Cherokee in A 130pct1:42