Apples in June?

The tune of the day is

JUNE  APPLE

This is one of those A modal tunes, so the normal G# is played as a G natural. In my research, I discovered, much to my surprise, that there are two versions of June Apple. They are similar but distinct enough that I’m not sure they’d go well played simultaneously at a jam. So, one is what is probably labeled the Old-Time version, and the other one, featured here, is maybe a bluegrass version? This is the tune that we play locally. I must say, however, that I really enjoy the “new” OT version as well!

Hopefully that wasn’t too confusing….here is the tab and notation – June Apple – Gtr TAB

Oh, yes, since I didn’t know what June Apples were, I looked around and found some interesting information here – http://marycrimmins.com/june-apples/

The video demonstrating the tune features a fiddle and banjo, and although they have titled it as an old-time fiddle tune, they are playing the “bluegrass” version that I’ve posted here.

As always, get out your guitar and try it out!

Blessings

 

Who’s In the Kitchen?

Today’s tune is

ANGELINE  THE  BAKER

This old standby tune is in the key of D and, with lots of quarter notes, is very achievable for even the beginner. There are many, many versions of the tune, but mostly one basic melody to start out with. Hooray! The chord structure is mostly D with a G thrown in every now and then.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Angeline the Baker

The video of Angeline the Baker that I found was done by The Wayfarers, and they play it with lots of energy and enthusiasm. And, as an aside, they pair it with Sal’s Got Mud Between Her Toes, which I absolutely love! That tune has been covered on this blog, and you can find the notation and TAB for Sal’s here – Sal’s Got Mud Between Her Toes – Gtr TAB.

You can’t miss by learning Angeline the Baker, so grab your guitar and give it a whirl! You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

Dailey’s Reel

The tune of the day is

DAILEY’S  REEL

This fiddle tune is often spelled Daley’s Reel. It is normally played in the key of Bb, which is fine for the mandolin or fiddle, but the chords are not as fun for a guitar player, so I’ve transposed it to the key of G, and you can put your capo on the 3rd fret to put it into the key of Bb! Or….you can just enjoy it without the capo in the key of G. This tune has long been on my list to learn, and the other day, I decided that It Was Time to do it!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Dailey’s Reel – Gtr TAB

I chose this version from the YouTube offerings because it is done a bit slower than some and is very similar note-wise to the notated music here. There is an awesome Bryan Sutton flatpick guitar version as well.

As always, you know I’m going to say, “Get out your guitar and run through this a few times.” You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

Concertina Reel

Today’s tune is

CONCERTINA  REEL

Concertina Reel is a standard tune in the Irish repertoire. It’s amazing how many tunes I’ve learned that I can remember either who taught it to me, or where I was when I learned it. This one came from our local jam, again, and it was played by our accordion player. His wife plays the bodhran, and I always see the two of them sitting side by side playing and enjoying the music whenever this tune comes up. As an aside, the chords are easy, and the same progression for both the B part and A part. Some notation that I found uses an A for the Bm, but I personally enjoy the Bm that our group uses.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Concertina Reel – Gtr TAB

This video of Concertina Reel caught my attention because it was a session in Spain! Also, don’t forget to check out the page (tab at the top of this one) “Fiddle Tunes-Free PDF…” where you will find a list of all of the tunes featured on my blog here all on one page, as well as links to practice videos of some of the tunes. Keep checking back – I add more as I have time!

Concertina Reel is simple tune to learn on the guitar, so take the time to work on it. You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

 

 

 

The Mountain Road

Today’s tune is

THE MOUNTAIN ROAD

I first learned this tune at our local jam, and it evokes pleasant memories of how fun it was to just keep on playing the tune that never ends.:) This is a pretty straight forward tune, with the exception that the A part is only played one time through, but the B part is played the traditional twice through. The Mountain Road was written by the famous Sligo fiddler, Michael Gorman (1895 – 1970) Here is some great information on him for those who are interested.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Mountain Road, The – Gtr TAB

There were not many videos of this particular tune, so I chose one that seemed to play it like we play it.

If you want a tune to just make you happy for awhile, this one is it! 🙂 Don’t forget to check out my page (at the top  this page) “Fiddle Tunes…”, where you will find not only PDF’s of all of the tunes featured on this blog, but links for all of the practice videos as well, including one for The Mountain Road.:)

Treat yourself, get your guitar, and see that you CAN do it!

Blessings