Discuss the Mandolin lesson: Cripple Creek



Cripple Creek is a standard tune, and you’re up a crippled creek without a pick if you don’t know how to play it! Learn a basic version to get a handle on the melody with the first solo, then dance the rapids a bit with the second solo in this tab. Come on in…the water’s fine!


Sometimes I find my pointer/ring finger doing the 2-4 hammer-on rather than the pointer/middle like you exemplify in the video. Is this something that’s no big deal, or should I will my fingers to shape-up?

Old Joe Clark Mandolin Contest!

I say it’s no big deal I do the same on occasion playing banjo. So log as the timing is right and it sounds right, you figure out what works best for you.


Make your middle finger man up and get the job done. We have other fretplans for your ring finger.