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Cripple Creek - Vamping

  • Vamping
  • Key   G
  • Capo   2
  • Tempo   60 bpm
  • Tuning   gDGBD

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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. It does require a bit more from the fretting hand than rolling backup. 4 Finger chords are the norm. While playing with steady time is the ultimate goal, you may need to spend a while just moving from one chord to another and getting used to how it feels.

Check out the licks to learn some "chord inversions" and more advanced Scruggs style vamping. Chord inversions invert chord notes to give a different sound for the same chord notes. It's a great way to make things interesting when vamping on one chord for a while, and they can also provide tasteful transitions in between chord changes.

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