More about Crazy Creek
Tommy Jackson, who was always under the influence of the skill of his Texas fiddler friend, Bob Wills, penned down this song. He went on to invent a melody that the lyrics he composed would fit into and then recorded it later on. According to Musicologist Charles Wolfe, Tommy Jackson became an outstanding fiddler who set the pace for other fiddlers to come as he became "the most heard, and the most imitated, fiddler of his generation." This is probably because he proved himself a skillful producer through his recordings. This made him the much-sought-after session man and producer in Nashville. He was the best and busiest violinist in country music, Some of the people he worked with and is often connected with include; the Grand Old Opry, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and George Jones, among numerous others. Years later, the Dillards, in collaboration with fiddler Byron Berline, would produce an influential recording of this tune.
Learn 3 different versions of Crazy Creek, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Crazy Creek using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.
There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Crazy Creek tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song.
Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Crazy Creek. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.
Each arrangement of Crazy Creek for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.
Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Crazy Creek using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.