Off She Goes

Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer Players

Demo of Cripple Creek Played on Mountain Dulcimer in D-A-A Tuning



VideoAbout the Lessons
D-A-A Tuning  
1. Open Chords In this segment we practice playing the tune using Open position chords.
2. Chop Chords Here we apply "chop" or closed position chords for accompanying Cripple Creek.
3. Melody, A Part, Highter Octave We learn the A part of the Melody in the higher octave in this lesson, which includes skipping frets to play the chord tones that make up the melody.
4. Melody, B Part, Highter Octave Now we turn our attention to the B part of the tune.
5. Bare Bones and Slow Here is a SLOW version of a bare bones arrangement of Cripple Creek in DAA tuning to play along with.
6. Busier Here is a "filled out", busier arrangement of this melody.
7. Melody, A Part, Lower Octave Now we look at playing the A part of this tune in a lower octave, which presents us with some choices for where to play.
8. Melody, B Part, Lower Octave Here we address what happens when the melody requires notes that are not on our instrument. Answer: Workaround!
D-A-d Tuning  
9. Chords We learn the chords and chord pattern for the A and B part of this good old tune.
10. Melody, A Part In this lesson we learn the A part of the melody and notice how it jumps around on Chord Tones.
11. Melody, B Part Now we learn the B part of the melody!
12. Drone Melody with Backbeat Now we take what we've learned and play this tune with a drone melody but a backbeat strum.
13. Filling in the Gaps Using the technique that fiddlers often use, we'll "fill in the gaps" between the jumping notes in this tune to add interesting variations. we'll also make use of hammer-ons and pull-offs.
14. Putting It All Together Now let's play Parts A & B together, and see how it sounds.
15. Melody, A Part, Lower Octave Across the Strings
Now we'll begin to play this tune in the lower octave utilizing flatpicking across all three strings in the first three frets.
16. Melody, A Part, Lower Octave, Bass String ONLY In this segment we explore the reasons why it might be desirable to play only on the bass string, and how to decide when to change from the bass to the middle string.
17 B Part, Lower Octave In this segment, we learn a work around to use the melody goes below the lowest note on the lowest string you have.
18. Whole Song, Lower Octave Now we put the A and B parts in the lower octave together to see what we get!
19. Chop Chords To conclude this lesson series, we learn some "chop" chords that center around the 3rd fret for backing up this (or any other tune). Have fun!

PDFTablature

D-A-A

  • Drone Style
  • Busy Melody with Chop Chords
  • Lower Octave, Busy Melody with Chop Chords
  • Fancy Melody, Chop Chords, Lower Octave

D-A-d

  • Drone Style
  • Reverse Chords
  • Busy Melody with Chop Chords
  • Lower Octave, Fancy Melody, with Reverse Chop Chords

AnimationAnimations

D-A-A

  • Drone Style
  • Busy Melody with Chop Chords
  • Lower Octave, Busy Melody with Chop Chords
  • Fancy Melody, Chop Chords, Lower Octave

D-A-d

  • Drone Style
  • Busy Melody with Chop Chords
  • Fancy, Low Octave, with Chop Chords and Articulations

 

Music GlobeExtras

  • Lyrics to Cripple Creek

  • History of the tune

  • If 7-year-old Will Manahan can play this tune, you can too!

  • mp3 rhythm back-up tracks

 

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