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The Cuckoo  (standard tuning)
The Cuckoo is one of my favorite traditional songs.  It's been recorded by almost everyone at one point or another.  Doc Watson and Bob Dylan both have versions, which shows the diverse appeal this song has.  I very often teach this song in class after the drop D practice song.  The big difference is that you play the entire melody with your right hand thumb (which is indictated, as in all the songs in this series, with a down staff and also the letter "P").  This is a big difference between the 3 finger style of the drop D song!

This song also introduces the "hammer-on" and "pull-off".  An example of the hammer-on in this song is when you play the 4th string, 4th fret, and with the left hand you generate the second note by "hammering on" to the 5th fret.  Make sure to keep your middle finger on the 4th fret until after the hammer to the 5th fret is complete. The indication for hammer-on and pull-off is a curved line between the two numbers (notes).

An example of the pull-off in this song is when you play the 5th string 2nd fret and you generate the second note by actually pulling the note or plucking it to the open position with the left hand.  

You'll also see a variation or harmony line that you can play instead of line one, as well as hear me singing two verses (in the distant background) so you can hear how this tabulature would accompany the words.

Don't be shy with this song.  Play it hard.

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Where to from here?
going to drop D tuning
drop D practice tune
the cuckoo
candy man
tune directory
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