Beginner students can enjoy playing this simple and fun folk song. Play it with a strong attack on the notes and a little bit staccato (leave space between the notes) to bring out the old-time folk character of the song.
If you want to make it sound even more "folksy" try sliding into some of the notes from below. For example, if you are about to play a 2nd finger, you can purposely start the note a little bit too low, and then quickly slide your finger into the correct spot for the 2nd finger. This gives the music the quality of a folk singer, which many instruments can mimic.
Cripple Creek Background
Cripple Creek is an old Appalachian folk song that is very popular on fiddle and banjo. No one knows for sure when it was written or which "Cripple Creek" it refers to. It could be either a community in Virginia or the gold-rush town of Cripple Creek, Colorado.