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Banjo tablatures for Cripple Creek

Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #banjo tune, #old time, #up-tempo

"Cripple Creek" is an excellent starting point for advanced beginners interested in Scruggs or melodic banjo playing. With its combination of rolls, melodies, and a versatile chord progression, this classic tune offers a valuable learning experience while also being a delightful addition to your banjo repertoire. Whether you're playing it solo or jamming with others, "Cripple Creek" is a must-know banjo song for any enthusiast of the instrument.


Don't miss our video lesson on How to play Cripple Creek on banjo. There is also a Facebook Live video with Bennett Sullivan and you can also check a few people's different arrangements of this tune.


Don't forget to practice the backup. Backup is crucial when jamming with others.

  • Banjo Cripple Creek Melody

    Melody

    The melody! It's the heart of a song. Always start by learning the melody first, no matter what skill level you are. All the wild Scruggs, melodic, and single string breaks are base...

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Scruggs Style - Beginner

    Scruggs Style - Beginner

    This version of cripple Creek is built on the basic melody and incudes a few pinches and partial forward rolls. The licks start simple. #2 licks are just a little tougher than the or...

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Single String

    Single String

    Most people learn this tune Scruggs style first. Learning this single string familiarizes you more with the core melody notes and can give you some great lick ides to incorporate wi...

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Rolling Backup

    Rolling Backup

    Rolling backup is a critical skill for a Bluegrass banjo player. It is great to play behind a fiddle solo and on any driving bluegrass tune behind a singer. More important than all ...

    Banjo Cripple Creek Rolling Backup
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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Vamping

    Vamping

    Vamping backup works great behind vocals, but is especially useful when backing up a mandolin player's solo. When they stop "chopping" we, as banjo players, need to fill that roll....

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Earl Scruggs: Kickoff

    Earl Scruggs: Kickoff

    Here's a song that's most banjo pickers first tune. If you haven't mastered the melody, and some rolling backup, please check those out before jumping into this. The big thin...

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Earl Scruggs: Rolling Backup

    Earl Scruggs: Rolling Backup

    Learning to play backup like the man himself will do wonders for your playing. Make sure to listen repeatedly and practice repeatedly - repeatedly. Notice how a lot of what is being...

    Banjo Cripple Creek Earl Scruggs: Rolling Backup
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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Earl Scruggs: Ending Lick

    Earl Scruggs: Ending Lick

    This is the classic ending lick as played by Earl on this tune. This is a classic ending riff, a one measure lead up and measure two has that classic "shave and a haircut" sound, but...

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This version of the Cripple Creek is designed to teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Take each one slow at first to get them sounding nice and clean.

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Backup

    Backup

    This is a forward roll driven backup variation of Cripple Creek based on Earl Scruggs's playing on the original recording. This rolling backup is best suited for backing up a fiddle...

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  • Banjo Cripple Creek Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    A classic arrangement of "Cripple Creek" with a little single string style added in. The B section features some fancy up-the-neck melodic work, so practice slow for cleanliness!

    Banjo Cripple Creek Melodic Style
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