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Banjo tablatures for Salt Creek


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #old time, #guitar tune, #medium-tempo, #bluesy

It is quite unclear if this is the original title of the tune or if it had been changed. Jabbour might have changed the name because "Salt Creek" was the name of a stream running through its site of the Bean Blossom Festival. This may be the bluegrass re-titling of "Salt River" by Mandolinist Bill Monroe, although there are claims that his record company, Decca, was liable because Monroe's last song was "Big Sandy River." The record company, the story goes, assumed that misunderstanding due to the similarities in the names might mess with marketing, and they decided on switching' river' to' creek.' In 1963, Monroe recorded the song with banjo by Bill Keith. Popular in West Virginia Central and South (Krassen). Hobart Smith called the tune "Pateroller", but this is not the tune usually called "Pateroller", "The Pateroller (Song)", or "Run, N.... r, Run" and variants. AB (Silberberg, Krassen): AABB (Brody, Lowinger): AABBAA'B'B' (Phillips). D Modern {Krassen}: A Major / Mixolydian (Silberberg, Brody, and Phillips). He believes Monroe's tune was learned from the banjoist Don Stover (who knew it as "Salt River").

  • Banjo Salt Creek Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    Salt Creek is a popular jam tune, and is a great introduction to single string playing in the context of a song.

    Banjo Salt Creek Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Salt Creek Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    Play like a fiddle player! A lot of melodic style banjo players listen to fiddle players for articulations and popular licks.

    Banjo Salt Creek Melodic Style
  • Banjo Salt Creek Backup


    This is a fairly difficult backup arrangement of Salt Creek with a lot of common licks to keep things interesting when playing behind another instrumentalist.

    Banjo Salt Creek Backup