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Chicken Reel (Tab)

Chicken Reel (Tab)

Chicken Reel (Tab)

Following on from yesterday’s Tunes You Know But Can’t Name post, with a tune I only knew as, “that chicken song from the cartoons,” until I found out it had an actual name. Chicken Reel was written in 1910 by Joseph Daly but was adopted and adapted into the bluegrass catalogue.

And I’ve gone with a very bluegrass inspired version played fast and loose. I use thumb and two finger picking all the way through. Plus, I make liberal use of campanella which means I long parts of the A section are played just on open strings. Leaving your fretting-hand to play Candy Crush, fill out your taxes or tear an apple in half.

The C section is based on a part many bluegrass players include that I love. It really doubles down on the chicken theme by including a clucking sound.

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