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Country Bluegrass Riffs over “Cripple Creek”

Lesson 7 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
Lesson ID: A0095

Last lesson, we looked at the 5th position hybrid scale in the key of G. I talked about how this is the most important scale for making your guitar sound country and bluegrass. We also used this hybrid scale to add some bass line fill riffs over a simple progression.

In this lesson, we’re going to use this hybrid scale to improvise with fill riffs over the bluegrass song “Cripple Creek”. First, I’ll give you a quick recap of the hybrid scale. Then, I’ll teach you the “Cripple Creek” chord progression, some beginner fill riffs, and some more advanced fill riffs for the intermediate players. Everything we’re covering in this lesson will come in very handy at your next bluegrass jam!

Hybrid Scale

Chord Progression

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Chord Progression
04:21 min Detailed Rhythm Breakdown
04:44 min Kickoff “G” Potatoes
07:00 min “A Part” Breakdown
09:38 min “B Part” Breakdown

Beginner Riffs

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min A Part – Line 1
03:28 min A Part – Line 2
04:49 min B Part – Line 1
06:35 min B Part – Line 2

Intermediate Riffs

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min A Part – Line 1
01:52 min A Part – Line 2
03:20 min B Part – Line 1
06:05 min B Part – Line 2

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Mark (@guest_377)
7 years ago

Looking forward to watching this one later tonight!

Jared (@guest_378)
7 years ago

Very nice lesson Devin. Thanks for all the extra detail and help! Your lessons have helped my picking and strumming a lot so far. Keep up the great work.

Eddie Levine
Eddie Levine (@guest_379)
7 years ago
Reply to  Jared

I’ll second that. This bluegrass picking is starting to make sense. Awesome lessons!

Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
7 years ago

Awesome, thanks man! Good one

John Hardins
John Hardins (@guest_382)
7 years ago

Great work on the lessons! Best I’ve found for acoustic country and bluegrass stuff online. I just joined the annual membership a few minute ago and looking forward to the weekly lessons.

Tucker K
Tucker K (@guest_383)
7 years ago

I just wanted to say that your lessons have really improved my playing and I really like everything you’ve done on the website. Great job! Keep it going!!! From your bluegrass picker friend in Ohio – Tucker

Dan (@guest_417)
7 years ago

Very helpful. I’ve learned a lot from this lesson series. Thanks!

7 years ago

Awesome, just what the doctor ordered. Like the suggestions for alternate riffs. Well done friend!

7 years ago

its taking me a while to get all these riffs but I think I am finally starting to get how they are made and am even trying to build my own, big help thanks

7 years ago

Awesome lesson Devin, this has been so helpful for my improvising. Thanks!

5 years ago

Thanks Devin, I’m actually starting to sound like i can play a little bluegrass. lol It’s amazing how things start to come together. Although, slowly. Your lesson progression had been very helpful. Im currently working on #7

Gord Allen
Gord Allen(@bullwhip186)
4 years ago

We are very fortunate to have you as our country leader. It’s apparent to the workload and commitment you have Devin. I’d so love to live in your location and take live lessons.
Be safe in this crazy time.

4 years ago

Devin I’m loving these lessons and like others have mentioned, it’s amazing how things finally start clicking and licks just start coming out of nowhere. Even if they aren’t exactly as you’ve tabbed them, as long as the note played is somewhere in the scale, Golden. I’m listening to your backing track and as it’s pretty awesome! I know you dabble with mandolin, is that you on Banjo as well? I’ve thought about getting a mandolin, but as I have other instruments I find I start drifting away from guitar which is my absolute favorite and what I want to… Read more »

Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes(@haynesy)
3 years ago

Devin! We thank you so much for putting this all together! It’s great to see all these great licks broken down so we can learn them section by section!

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
1 year ago

Excellent lesson.

Al Anon
Al Anon(@theycallmebigal)
3 months ago

The “Page 3” licks work great at our jam. The other (more experienced) guitar player plays the traditional melodic breaks.

The Page 5 licks are kicking my butt! I’ll get it soon.