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Cripple Creek

Learn your slides, pull-offs, and hammer-ons

Cripple Creek is a must-learn Scruggs style beginner banjo tune because it teaches how to play slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and pinches. We recommend you learn the slurs one at a time. For example, learn the slide with it's roll pattern first, then move on the the pull-off, and so on.

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For a detailed lesson plan for Cripple Creek, check out this learning path, or click the card below to view and practice Cripple Creek in Tunefox's tab library in Scruggs and Melodic style.

  •  How to Play Cripple Creek

    Learning Path

    How to Play Cripple Creek

    This learning path is your guide to mastering the iconic banjo tune "Cripple Creek." Designed for banjo enthusiasts eager to enhance...

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    Up the Neck Backup

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  • 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 firs...

  • 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 m...