This energetic little piece has a catchy tune and is fun on both guitar and fiddle. Listen to June Apple on banjo first, where the melody can be heard pretty clearly:
Here's the guitar and fiddle tabs:
A tricky problem for fiddle players is deciding when to slur groups of 2 notes together with up-bows, so that strong beats (the downbeats, beat 1) can be played with down-bows. That's where you, the teacher, come in. Usually the 2-notes-on-an-up-bow feel most natural coming after the quarter notes in June Apple, but fiddlers can have differences of opinion! Brian Wicklund, in his terrific book and CD set, The American Fiddle Method Volume 2, notates June Apple with slurs, up-bows and down-bows. Very helpful.
The Guitar Picker's Fakebook, and its companion book, The Fiddler's Fakebook, are huge books with over 240 old-time melodies, including June Apple. Like most folk songs, versions differ from area to area, and the Fakebook does have a different version of June Apple.
Here is a fun video of some impromptu jamming -- show your violin students how this old-timer holds his bow!
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Lori, homeschool mom, songwriter/musician and private music teacher:
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