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The chords in this song come at you pretty quickly with a chord change every beat in the A part. You get to rest a little in the B part with those long stretches of E minor.
*This tune is almost universally played in the key of G. Don't be discouranged if it takes you a while to be able to make the changes easily. It is only listed here in the number 1 position because all of the tunes are in alphabetical order. I always tell my students to use this tune as their "test tune." If they can play rhythm to this they can play rhythm to anything.
Probably one of the most influential recorded versions of the tune is on the album Manzanita by Tony Rice. That recording inspired thousands of musicians to learn the tune including me. I also love Doc Watson's version below. No doubt, Tony listened to Doc plenty!
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Bradley Laird's Free Mandolin Chord Charts for the Key of G