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Banjo tablatures for Cripple Creek

Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Beginner

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 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.

    Banjo Cripple Creek Scruggs Style
  • 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
  • Banjo Cripple Creek 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...

    Banjo Cripple Creek Backup