Cripple Creek

As played by Doc Roberts from the Kentucky region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Doc Roberts Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record (streaming audio here)


If you are bored with Cripple Creek, give this version a try.  One of the hallmarks of a good fiddler, in my opinion, is the ability to take a simple tune and make it interesting.  Doc Roberts certainly did so with Cripple Creek.  Far too many fiddlers and banjoists write this tune off as a beginner's tune.  But if great fiddlers such as Doc Roberts, Clark Kessinger, and Melvin Wine played it and recorded it, then it's good enough for Dr. Fiddle!

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Cripple Creek

Jim D 2013-08-03 22:11:12
This tune is also an excellent starting point for learning the Texas style of playing. Watch what Oklahoma fiddler, Gary Sizemore does with it on his YouTube video.