The following arrangement of “Cumberland Gap” is not meant to be played in the exact order as it is written below. The first eight measures are simply the
melody (which is not meant to be played -- it’s just so you can hear how the song goes), then the following eight measures (9-16) are the accompaniment that you would play while you are singing
or another instrument is playing the lead part. Measures 17-20 contain a lead break that can be played. The double dots at the beginning of measure 17 and the end of measure 20 means you should
repeat it, so the whole break would be 8 measure long (4+4). Measures 21-24 contain another lead break, a little more complicated than the previous one. The final four measures contain a lead part
for the melody section if you would like to add it in somewhere. Keep in mind that to play the song along with singing or other instruments that it’s just necessary to play measures 9 through
16. The whole song is basically only these eight measures repeated over and over. Also you will notice that those eight measures (9-16) can be further broken down into two identical 4-measure blocks,
so actually the chord progression of the entire song is just four measures repeated over and over (9-12). There are other ways to do it, but I think of it as being a fiddle tune, with an
“A” part and a “B” part, each being repeated twice.