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Banjo tablatures for June Apple


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #bluesy, #fiddle tune, #medium-tempo

The apple from June is an early maturing apple variety that matures in the southern United States in the summer. This appears to be smaller and tendered than apples that grow early. Many variations of the song are in Mixolydian style, although it is performed in A major by Benton Flippen (born 1920, Surry County, N.C.) June Apple's late Mt. Airy, North Carolina, fiddler Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985) is an' old-time' song most often identified with southwestern Virginia musicians and the North Carolina border area. Tommy Jarrell (1901–1985) was one of the most influential fiddlers from that region. Although never a full-time working musician— he worked for 41 years at the North Carolina Department of Transportation— he released seven records, performed widely in his later years, and was chosen as one of the fifteen master folk artists at the National Heritage Fellowships for the Arts in 1982. We will end our survey of this tune with a recording he made in the late 1960s (shown right) with Oscar Jenkins and Fred Cocker ham. The lines are performed on the tune's portion B.

  • Banjo June Apple Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    The Scruggs version of June Apple is loosely based on the melodic style melody. Most of the A section melody happens on the 1st string.

    Banjo June Apple Scruggs Style
  • Banjo June Apple Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This is a classic fiddle tune and this arrangement of June Apple is based on Noam Pikelny's performance.

    Banjo June Apple Melodic Style
  • Banjo June Apple Backup


    This backup version of June Apple highlights the bluesy tone of the melody of this song by using the blues scale in different measures.

    Banjo June Apple Backup