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Apples In Winter

Posted by Yigal Zan


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- Play count: 262

Size: 970kb, uploaded 2/10/2013 7:41:13 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a vintage Buckbee tuned gDADE, in 2-fingers, index-leads style. Tablature and notes at,

5 comments on “Apples In Winter”

VancePants Says:
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @4:27:45 PM

A refreshing change from "June Apple"... it reminds me of another tune (Celtic) I can't quite put my finger on.
Anyway, it has a hypnotic effect, thanks for posting.

Yigal Zan Says:
Monday, February 11, 2013 @9:19:45 AM

Thanks Ken. Hypnotic effect? perhaps, my intention was to produce a relaxed rendition that brings the intrinsic beauty of the melody to the front. It is quite difficult to achieve such a goal when playing fast. One way to avoid playing in an undesired tempo, is to play alone. In doing that I face two problems, nervousness or "stage fright" - when I know I am being recorded, and spontaneous vocal humming along with the playing. Comparison of results showed that getting some mitigation of these problems is achieved while playing in the two-fingers, inex-leads, as opposed to the equivalent clawhammer style.

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @7:25:26 PM

A sweet jig, new to me. Thanks for sharing, Yigal. Personally speaking, I don't mind a hundred "takes" while recording solo to get the best from myself. I don't agree with Roy Acuff who said that each take is lesser than the first one. But I do think I'd be mighty nervous is I was playing with the likes of Miles Krassen!

Yigal Zan Says:
Thursday, February 14, 2013 @11:04:59 AM

You might want to listen to tklassen's rendition. It is in 3-finger style. In my opinion it isn't too rhythmical, and there are some amplitude fadings, but still beautiful. The nervousness you might have had you find yourself playing with Miles, or other prominent personalities, is a different and much more serious phenomenon than the one associated with knowing you are being recorded. I use the term intimidated, and in my case it makes me unable to play at all.

Yigal Zan Says:
Sunday, January 24, 2016 @11:14:28 AM

Belated response to VancePants, the reminded tune could be The Old Grey Goose. One of the Irish fiddlers from our area, and a very good one at that, told me he is refusing to learn Apples In Winter because he is worried it will interfere with his playing of The Old Grey Goose. He also hated to cope with the memory or cognitive problems caused by Apples In Winter's having two different endings at the high part.

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