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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW (BG) - "Salt Creek" - 10/5/14

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schlange - Posted - 10/06/2014:  14:32:32

L-R: Bessie Lee Maudlin, Bill Monroe, Joe Stuart, Del McCoury, and Bill Keith. Taken at the Brown County Jamboree Barn, 1963." />" height="300" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="300">Salt Creek by Eric Schlange on Grooveshark

This week's tune is an old-time instrumental Bill Monroe popularized when he recorded it in 1963 with Bill Keith on banjo. The tune is also known as Salt River, but was renamed on Monroe's recording. Some say it was because the record company though it would be confusing having two tunes released near each other both ending in "river" (Big Sandy River was the other) and some say Monroe renamed it after a creek that runs near his Bean Blossom festival site.

Bluegrass players tend to refer to it as Salt Creek--old-time players tend to refer to it as Salt River.

Played AABB, typically in the key of A.

Learn the Tune:

  • Hear It using the GrooveShark playlist to the right.

  • We have a video lesson from Murphy Henry where she teaches you her own arrangement of a break for this tune. Murphy teaches it in a step-by-step, no tab needed fashion. Only $6 thru the end of the week.​ Get it here >

  • Backing Tracks: Band in a Box tracks are included below at various speeds for your practicing pleasure. (If you want more backing tracks that change speeds in smaller increments, as well as a "woodshed" track that gets progressively faster each time it repeats, then I recommend buying the "track bundle" for $1.99 from GrassTrax here.)

  • Tabs: lots of versions in the BHO archives.


I (and others) would love to hear (and see!) you play your version of this tune--post it in a reply below!

VIDEO: LOTW 10-8-12 Salt Creek part B
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VIDEO: LOTW 10-2-12 SAlt Creek Part A
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VIDEO: Murrell Thixton and Tony Wray - Salt Creek
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VIDEO: Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay - Salt Creek
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VIDEO: Mike Witcher & Ryan Cavanaugh - Salt Creek
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VIDEO: Salt Creek - Excerpt from Beginning Banjo Volume 2 from The Murphy Method
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Salt Creek Chords

Salt Creek Backing Track (A) 70BPM

Salt Creek Backing Track (A) 90BPM

Salt Creek Backing Track (A) 110BPM

Salt Creek Backing Track (A) 130BPM

Richard Dress - Posted - 10/06/2014:  16:25:01

Here is a break to "Salt Creek" that Bill Emerson showed me.  Start at 2:29.  It is a short segment played slowly.

Edited by - Richard Dress on 10/06/2014 16:26:27

Jack Baker - Posted - 10/06/2014:  18:17:52

Here's Bill Keith's original version...What a touch he has...Jack

Salt Creek  


Edited by - Jack Baker on 10/06/2014 18:19:14

5stringJim - Posted - 10/07/2014:  05:33:26

Here's my version, with a whole break played alternate-picking to emulate a tenor banjo, complete with triplets.


VIDEO: Salt Creek, 5string banjo by Jim Hyndman
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Erik Gran - Posted - 10/07/2014:  05:36:24

... and here's one from me, a little different, as it's played in the key of C in double C tuning, and on the slow side, which is inspired by Beppe Gambettas Slow Creek.

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