Here the chord progression we used for Bill Cheatham:
A-Part: 1 1 4 4 B-Part: 1/4 5/1 1/4 1/5
1 1 4 5/1 1/4 5/1 1/4 5/1
In last night's teaching segment I mentioned that for progressions that have several split measures back to back, it can be helpful to think of them in units of two measures. Thus, one might think of the B-Part of Bill Cheatham as consisting of the same order of chords that are used to play Blue Ridge Cabin Home (1,4,5,1), but going through the changes 4 times as fast, followed by the same order of chords that are used to play the first half of the A-Part of Boil The Cabbage Down (1,4,1,5), but going through the changes twice as fast. followed by two more repetitions of the 'Blue Ridge Cabin Home' order (1, 4, 5, 1; 1, 4, 5, 1).
Bill Cheatham - Special Consensus: key of A
Snyder Family Band - Bill Cheatham
Melody sheet music in A for Bill Cheatham:
Here are some good versions to listen to of three of the 'off-list' songs that were played at last night's jam:
How Mountain Girls Can Love - The Stanley Brothers: key of A
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues - Bill Clifton: key of F# (key of B during the guitar break)
- the instruments are tuned a half-step lower than standard.
Bluegrass Special!  - Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys: key of G
Note: The chorus uses Prog. W9 which is often mistaken at jams for V9 because the first three lines of both progressions are the same, and because, of the two progressions, V9 is the more common one. A similar thing tends to happen with the closely related row Y and row Z progressions on the basic chord progressions chart: e.g., Y1 (e.g., the A-Part of Soldier's Joy and Old Joe Clark) and Z1 (e.g., the B-Part of Liberty and the A-Part of Clinch Mountain Backstep) are often confused with each other.