|Crazy Creek, Part 1: The A Part
Crazy Creek, Part 1: The A Part
The fiddle tune “Crazy Creek” comes from Tommy Jackson, a Nashville studio fiddler who played on many classic country records and made a few records of “Square Dances Without Calls” in the 1950s. These records were once out of print, but can be found online now, and they featured some great players like Jethro Burns on mandolin, and some great tunes, like this one. “Crazy Creek” is in the key of A, but has some long sections, including most of the B part, that are in C and include some F chords. It can be played without a capo, but Scott found that it also works well with a capo on the second fret played out of G position. This means that the C and F chords translate to Bb and Eb with the capo on. Most people might think that this means they have to move into closed positions for the Bb and Eb scales but then can be played quite easily in first position, using the open G, D, and even A strings for part of the scale. Scott demonstrates the Bb scale and then starts taking “Crazy Creek” apart, first looking at the chords and then showing you the melody to the A part phrase by phrase.
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