“Cripple Creek” | Doc Watson – Beginner Bluegrass Guitar Lesson with TAB


In this 3-part beginner guitar lesson, we’ll look at the classic traditional tune “Cripple Creek” in the style of Doc Watson! I wanted to keep this one as simple as possible so we’re using a lot of open strings and we’ll be playing mostly eighth notes. This is an easy tune to learn and in this lesson, we’ll break down in detail, some of the fundamental aspects of fiddle tunes for guitar including the full Cripple Creek melody as well as the rhythm section. This is a full beginner lesson including the full tab, backing tracks and SoundSlice integration.

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You’ll get streaming access to three (3) MP4 video files, eight (8) MP3 audio practice tracks (four (4) with metronome), one PDF tab sheet and one TEF tab file. This lesson also includes SoundSlice Player integration so you can slow down, pause and rewind the melody in real time with the tab!

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Videos (Streaming)

Part A – 7:03
Part B – 7:35
Chords & Rhythm – 8:51

PDF Tab Sheets (Streaming and Download)

– Cripple Creek.PDF

TEF Tab Files (Download)

– Cripple Creek.TEF
(Use this file with TablEdit or TEFview.)

Audio Backing Tracks (Streaming and Download)

60 BPM – 5:04
60 BPM with Metronome – 5:04
70 BPM – 5:15
70 BPM with Metronome – 5:15
80 BPM – 5:12
80 BPM with Metronome – 5:12
90 BPM – 5:10
90 BPM with Metronome – 5:10