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Mandolin Lessons: Banjo Tune - Cripple Creek in G

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Okay,
now we're gonna do the classic tune
Cripple Creek.
And this tune, you know, every banjo
player plays this.
It's one of the first tunes they learn.
And so as mandolin players, we have to be
able to play it too.
And what many folks know, don't know is
that this is a vocal tune, you know.
It's, it's really a singing old-timey
tune, as, as many tunes are and
then they seem to evolve over the years,
and
become instrumentals, just because they're
so fun to play as instrumentals.
But I think it's, it's always good to keep
that in mind,
and maybe even sing the tune a few times
just so you get a feeling for it,
and understand variations and how they,
how they evolved over time.
So as a vocal tune.
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So you get a sense of how this,
again it's vocalizing.
And so sliding in the notes is important.
What we had talked about previously.
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But
then, as we think of it as an instrumental
piece, we start to add some notes.
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Now this is a really big part of fiddle,
fiddling and as you add variations, but
the thing to keep in mind is that you have
this core melody that never gets lost and,
and the way you do that is you always have
to keep track of those target notes.
The notes that make you hear the melody
are.
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And
making sure that those, those are the
notes that are really important and
what you're doing is you're surrounding
them with other things.
So I'll give you a couple of really simple
variations to this tune.
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Again, sliding into that B.
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Is what I'm singing, but what you hear is.
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'Kay?
Idea of a variation.
So you'll see all this written out in
tablature, or
you can learn it from me by ear, however
you're comfortable.
Let's play along with the guitar now.
I think it's at 55.
Cripple Creek.
>> One, two, three, four.
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Play rhythm and you take it.
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