Cripple Creek: No capo/Key of A

Cripple Creek-key of A (No Capo)

Here is the first three of ten variations on “Cripple Creek” in the key of A without using a capo.

In order to play the banjo in the key of A without a capo many techniques are used.  Roll-based, Closed Positions and Campanella styles.  Too many people over rely on one technique thereby reducing the unique resonances of each key.  In many cases to create the “bluegrass effect” and play in the proper style for the music a capo is mandatory; however, in other styles and contexts, a capo isn’t always necessary for different keys.

Jody Written by:

Professional Musician of 27 years. I've played Banjo and Acoustic Guitar on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and The Ryman Auditorium. I've also played in six different countries.