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Discuss the Mandolin lesson: Cripple Creek

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/cripple-creek-mandolin-beginner

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?

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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.

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Ben, sorry for the ignorance here. I’m playing along to the mp3 tracks while using the PDF. They don’t seem to match. The jam track is longer than playing what is on the PDF tab, but not long enough to play it through twice before the ending part. There are no indications in the tab to repeat anything. Just trying to stay in sync with the track. I seem to run out of tab before running out of jam track :slight_smile: Thank you.

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You’re right! I’ve got this on my list to fix. The jam track goes through the progression 3x instead of 2x like the tab, then it doesn’t have the ending. If you want to match the jam track, play all the way through the track then go back and play measures 5-20

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Thank you for the response. That helps! And thank you for this great site. Though I’ve played for some years, I have learned some huge fundamental habits, concepts and practice approaches in your lessons that are helping me get off the plateau I’ve been on.

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