Bawk, bawk, bawk,baaaaawk

This whimsical tune is simple and fun to play. It’s called


I’ve never been around when chickens have been slaughtered and plucked, but I can imagine the uproar in the henhouse! Most of them probably happily pecked away their day foraging for food without a worry or a care. “Who would ever eat a chicken?!” (from the movie Home on the Range) Regardless, this old time tune is entertaining to listen to and to play. In the B part, when a fiddler plays it, the 1st and 4th measure are played differently. The fiddler actually plucks the strings instead of bowing the notes. This is called pizzicato. I didn’t notate it that way for guitars because altho’ we have the open E string for the 3 E notes, we have to fret that A note. And, for those who love research, I found an informative website about chicken sounds. LOL

So, here’s the PDF with guitar notation – Old Ladies Pickin’ Chickens

This video is a delight to listen to. See if you can hear the “plucked” strings!

So… the sun is shining here today, let your music reflect the cheer, and get out your guitar and try this. You’ll be glad that you did!


2 thoughts on “Bawk, bawk, bawk,baaaaawk

  1. Flip Flop Ranch June 9, 2015 / 10:47 am

    I really enjoyed that and thanks for the mention! I actually play the Irish tin whistle and lived in Ireland for a while so I appreciate this doubly. Although this sounds more american. Am I wrong or is it an Irish tune? The plucked strings really evoke the idea of plucking feathers…which I’ve done a lot of!


    • flatpickingirishgal June 9, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Wow, that is awesome! I looked up the origin of the tune, and found this:'_Chickens

      Altho’ it says American, many tunes travel across the water and morph from an Irish or Scottish tune to an Americanized version, so it could quite possibly have been a Celtic tune to begin with.

      I would love to chat about the Irish music that you play, if you’re interested.:) If so, just email me at

      Thanks for your comment!


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