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Eight Months to Cripple Creek

Posted by mbanjo on Monday, August 20, 2012

Finally after 8 months I can manage Cripple Creek at a reasonable speed without mistakes. I must admit I learned to play Bile them cabbage first, it was a bit easier for me. Also banjo in the holler and Jesse James. I am going to try Fireball Mail far this is the sum total of my repertoire. Hope to add to it substantially in the next 8 months.




11 comments on “Eight Months to Cripple Creek”

marcel Says:
Friday, September 7, 2012 @6:20:57 AM

Hey Michael, it appears that you and I have followed similar paths in our banjo journey. I began with Bile Them Cabbage, Cripple Creek, Fireball Mail. Hope you find Fireball Mail as fun as I have, a great tune to play. I've only been playing for 13 months now, what a joy! The very best to you, my friend. marcel

mbanjo Says:
Friday, September 7, 2012 @10:54:46 PM

Thanks Marcel, like you I am finding this whole journey fascinating.
you have got a few months up on me. There are not too many banjo players in this part of the world so I am trying to teach myself the best I can. BHO has been a great help, great bunch of people. its nice to have friends like you from the source of bluegrass country. All my very best wishes. Michael

KrissyJean Says:
Friday, September 14, 2012 @8:45:48 PM

I am going to have to check out fireball mail now sounds interesting! I too started with bile them cabbage down and cripple creek. I also learned blackberry blossom and worry man blues both were fun blackberry was a fun one to play down the neck. (gives the impression you actually know what your doing :) cheers

Mississippi Mike Says:
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @3:39:43 PM

I started with Boil Them Cabbage Down, Tom Dooley, Handsome Molly, but the latter one was the first that sounded like I was playing a full tune... when I finally got to Cripple Creek, that was the first tune that sounded real banjo-like to me (the aforementioned impression that you now what you're doing haha). Today, of all the wee tunes I learned so far, Fireball Mail is my favorite one to play. Keep at it my friends and indeed, enjoy the journey!

Mad4banjo Says:
Friday, September 21, 2012 @7:04:38 PM

Hi, Michael! I'm out here on the south west coast of Oz with only the sheep and roos to pick for. I started out with Janet Davis books but have switched to the Murphy Method because I found I couldn't play anything without tab in front of me. Not a good look. If you're isolated as I am, MM is a really good way to learn, and their shipping price to Australia is super cheap. I think it was only $3 per DVD. Their website says they don't ship internationally, but they will if you email them. Great folks!! Red Henry (her husband) says they will be having another big SALE this November, so look for it. Have you been to any of the Bluegrass Festivals over east? I'm dying to get to the Kelly Country Pick, maybe next year. Enjoy your journey!

kevinwholmes Says:
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @7:26:37 PM

I started with something that made the dog howl and worked my way up to fabulously mediocre. No matter, I'm enjoying playing, which is all that really counts. Enjoy yourself!

jphulme Says:
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @3:14:37 PM

Fire ball mail is a great tune to play. Have fun.

tommyjo Says:
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @2:22:31 PM

Idn't it cool to be new and eager to learn? I've learned all 5 songs on Murphy's first DVD. I'm just working on cleaning them up and trying to play them at 220BPM. I think I'm going to bust open the next DVD monday! I started in January. My goal is to buy a new banjo this year and begin posting videos. You should post some too and maybe we can encourage each other.

spurtalisterous Says:
Saturday, March 9, 2013 @3:01:25 PM


I guess I was taught Cripple Creek first too, and I still practice that one with the metronome. It's the second part where it's easy to lose speed. Another one that isn't too bad and gives your right hand some much-needed backward rolls is "Lonesome Road Blues" (Scruggs); it also frees your mind to explore up the neck more. A few others in my early repertoire are Ralph Stanley's "Cluck Old Hen," "Clinch Mountain Backstep" and "Midnight Ramble." After many years, only now have I begun to figure out his weird forward roll starting with the second finger at the beginning of M.R.! Best of luck.

mbanjo Says:
Saturday, March 9, 2013 @4:25:07 PM

Thank you john..I will certainly give your suggestions a try....michael

BanjoKat2 Says:
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @5:26:31 AM

I, too, followed a similar song path, though I had Sourwood Mountain & Little Liza Jane (very simple version) in there, too. FIreball Mail is a bit trickier, but worth the time & patience to learn. Get each measure memorized & relatively smooth before you memorize the next measure - saves a lot of time & makes the journey smoother. I am still a beginner after three years but love playing these old favorites still, especially Fireball Mail. There are so many good You Tube videos of folks playing it - always helps to listen to these.

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