Cattle In The Cane reel

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Cattle In The Cane has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Cattle In The Cane
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
z8|z6 "Intro" {G}A2 | A2 AA A2 AA | A2 AA A2 AB |
|: "A major" ce ef ed cd | ec ef =ge d=c | "G major" B=G B=c de dB | =GB eB dB A=G |
|"A" ce ee ef ed | cA cd ea fa | "G"((3f=gf) ec ((3BcB) AF | "E" ((3E^EF) AB "A"A4 :|
K:A minor
|"A minor" A2 A2 [A2A,2] A, B, | CE DC A,G, ((3A,CA,) | "C major" G,C A,B, CD EG | AB cd ed cB |
|"Am" ce ((3BcB) AB AG | EG ED CE DC | "C" EC EG ED CE | "E" DC B,C "Am" A,2 {F}G2 |
|"Am" A A,-A,2 A,2 A,B, | CE DC A,G, ((3A,CA,) | "C" G,C A,B, CD EG | AB cd ed cB |
"Am" cd ea gb ag | eg e^d =dc AG | "C" EG cG Bc AG | "E" ED CB, "A major" [e2A2E2A,2] [e2A2E2A,2] |]

Three comments

Cattle In The Cane

This tune is great fun to play, changing from major to minor and back again. It sounds good played in a high speed bluegrass style, or at a more sedate pace. I transcribed it from a cassette I had of mandolin tunes - I think it was David Grisman playing. The tape was lost long ago, but fortunately I wrote this tune down before the tape went missing, and last night, (ten years after losing the tape), I was overjoyed to be reminded of this little gem when I found it scribbled in the back of a book. Enjoy!

Cattle In The Cane

One of my favourite mandolin tunes too, sounds best if your guitarist knows it’s going to go to the major for the B part! Norman Blake does a good guitar version paired up with "The Kitchen Girl".

Agreed, vanman. It definitely requires a ‘guitar warning’. I played it at a session last week, and the guitar was fine, but the whistle players were stymied because apparently it’s impossible to play without changing whistles half way through. So a good one if you enjoy confusing whistle players!