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Fiddle Lessons: "Cripple Creek" (Intermediate)

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All right, Cripple Creekers.
We are going to play the third, and most
elaborate,
version of Cripple Creek, here, and this
has some elements of Texas style,
has some elements of Bluegrass, all kinds
of fun stuff.
In this third iteration of Cripple Creek.
So again, a few more notes.
More bowings.
We're going to do some of this.
[MUSIC]
This threes,
groups of threes, two groups of threes,
and then some separates.
[MUSIC]
That kind of thing.
I'm gonna work that in, and again, on B
part, we're gonna go back to.
[MUSIC]
With a little twist on the notation.
[MUSIC]
So
I'll play it for you with the medium
guitar backup track here.
Let's go back and get this here.
Can you hear this?
>> [INAUDIBLE] medium.
>> What did I tell you?
>> One.
Two.
>> One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
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Okay, so that's a medium tempo version.
I think you can pick up a lot from that.
And we're gonna, also gonna have a PDF
with the bowings and the new notes.
So I'll just.
Go ahead and play this.
You can have a look at the fingering.
There's some tricky stuff.
Definitely going for
a little bit more contemporary blue grass
stylings in some of this.
So we again start with still.
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Right, but we're just decorating.
We got.
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Starting
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Now that's the first phrase.
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And there's the second phrase.
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Right?
So we got.
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So, put those together.
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And then the second, second half is.
This is where it gets interesting.
[SOUND].
So we start with the C-sharp.
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And then.
Put our first finger right up behind it.
Play a B sharp.
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Just try to.
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And
a b sharp also happens to be a C natural.
But I'm thinking of it as a B sharp
because my first finger is playing it.
That's the only reason.
So also.
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If I was writing it,
I wouldn't have to use as many accidentals
and make the page look complicated.
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Right so
we have a fourth finger over there.
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And then,
then we bring that second finger down to
C-natural.
So we've started there.
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And
then the first finger of course comes back
to B-natural too, so.
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All right, so
that's the whole second half.
Very a little bit complicated, but fun as
heck.
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And
I would practice that part, that might be
the hardest part in the whole tune.
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And
then that goes right into the next part
so.
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Right so that's how that goes.
It's got a second ending where it merely
goes.
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So it just does that.
So I would cycle this.
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In fact I might even take a smaller piece
of.
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Keep adding notes.
All right, untill your comfortable with
the whole thing.
Second part this is not so difficult.
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Right.
Again we're going back and forth between.
The C sharp and the C natural.
[MUSIC].
We could try even more of an ornament.
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Trick is to stay relaxed, not.
Tense up when we're trying to, we don't
wanna spasm this,
we just wanna let it roll comfortably.
[MUSIC]
Right?
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And then push out.
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Fourth finger unison with E string.
[MUSIC].
We can play it either way.
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Or.
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Or in the conventional way.
Either way, it's all good.
It's Cripple Creek, it's a fiddle tune.
It can be played in a lot of different
ways.
So that is our fingering.
We're start, we're with the bowing.
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Okay, that's three.
[MUSIC]
Right, so.
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And then we do a bow on.
[MUSIC]
Last two notes of that first part.
And that, so we can end up.
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So.
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Right.
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Try that.
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And then three more.
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And
then we're all, separate bows, it has a
great sound, when it's up to speed
[MUSIC]
Right.
[MUSIC]
So that's interesting way of bowing.
[MUSIC].
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So,
then we're back to the standard shuffle on
the second part.
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And then.
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Just like the first part.
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Except we have a pause.
We don't keep going up.
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And then, of course.
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Tie that.
[MUSIC]
Actually, that's where we tie.
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So, then we have.
[MUSIC]
So, those, keep those separate.
That's kind of a nice way to do it,
because we really come into the next part,
separate bows, and it sounds really good,
and
it kinda just keeps it driving, you know,
so.
[MUSIC]
All right, so.
That's the bowing for this, this tune.
I'll play this a little faster.
You can kinda hear how it comes together,
a little better.
Let's see, let's try let's try the fast
version.
We have four different speeds on this.
And this is the fastest speed.
[MUSIC]
This is the third version of
Cripple Creek, here we go, now.
[MUSIC]
Cripple Creek, fast.
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One.
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Two, three.
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So, that kinda got,
went off into improvisation land at the
end.
You're welcome to investigate that and
anybody wants to transcribe that or
look at that, that's also part of Cripple
Creek, and
the ongoing saga of Cripple Creek.
So, enjoy, enjoy the new version and
congratulate yourself on
quite a journey from the headwaters, to
where Cripple Creek
joins some larger river, perhaps, the
Missouri, or the New River.
Something like that.
The great, stream of bluegrass fiddle.
All right.
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