Maple Sugar

This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune "Maple Sugar" by Ward Allen.

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of A

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"Maple Sugar" is a fiddle tune written by Canadian fiddler Ward Allen.

Ward Allen was born in London, Ontario May 11, 1924.  He began fiddling at the age of 12, often performing with his brother Lorne, from whom he learned much of his repertoire.  After working as a harvester in Manitoba and as a logger in British Columbia, he returned in the late 1940s to western Ontario, where he was heard on the CKNX Barn Dance from Wingham. He won several competitions at this time, including the open class of the 1953 Canadian Open Old Time Fiddlers' Contest. He toured Canada with Wilf Carter 1954-6 and in 1958 and performed in Ottawa with the Happy Wanderers 1955-64on CFRA radio and 1964-5 on CJOH TV.

Allen began recording for Sparton in 1954, completing three volumes of Ward Allen Presents Maple Leaf Hoedown (SP-203, SP-210, SP-213), posthumously reissued in part as Best of Ward Allen (2-GRT 2230-1031). His recording of his own Maple Sugar was a hit in Canada and the USA in 1957. The tune, considered a classic of the Canadian fiddle repertoire, has also been recorded by many other performers.

source: Canadian Encyclopedia

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  • #24594

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    A lesson for the much-requested Canadian tune “Maple Sugar” by Ward Allen.

    Maple Sugar

    #24599
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Very nice John, good job!

    #24601
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    John, I remember when Gu posted this song. Gu was involved in collecting maple sugar. I’m so happy that you arranged it so beautifully for us. I think it’s impossible to be unhappy when you are listening to this song!

    #24610

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Justine, I agree. This is a very happy tune. I taught it to my fiddle campers tonight and it was a very big hit!

    #24648
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Thank you so much John, you made me cry , 😂with joy of course and sad to still have to be so far away from my family and garden, you reaching out helped me feel closer to home and happiness . You are a good friend and teacher, I promise to do good by learning it well and posting in the Lions Den as soon as I can get home. I lost a lot of my song finger fiddle memory since I have not been able to practice much. 😷I just got the iPad and treated myself to some second hand speakers at a pon shop, for the first time in two weeks I was able to play with the awesome MP3 s section here at The hospital game room section, the sound was awesome, sort of like a natural reverb echo Beatrice loved hearing Puff the magic Dragon and it felt soooo good when she said “Bravo” after the song .Hopefully I will remember the songs I learnt this year when I get some quality time back home. Took me 5 min to remember calliope house, and almost completely lost old Joe Clark , but I m sure I just need to be in a better setting and go through the lessons 1or2times at home…😉

    Life is great and even better now that Beatrice s condition is no longer life threatening, she gets a eco graph and blood test tomorrow and they may even take her pick line out and send us home😅,

    crossing my fingers ,

    Thank you, Happy St Jean, Quebec birthday today 😀

    Gu

     

    #24650

    Hakan Lindholm
    Participant

    Excellent!

    Thank you very much for this lesson.

    #24651

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome Hakan!

    Gu, I’m glad you enjoyed the tribute. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear you play this one! We are still thinking of little Beatrice and I’m glad she is out of the woods, so to speak. Here’s to a swift and safe return home!

    #24662
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    Great news Gu!  This tune should get her healthy for sure 🙂

    #24671
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Gu, looking forward to the DEN !!!!!!!!

    #24677

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I’m so excited about this tune! I love the wonderful old time sound! I think it’ll be a great way to practice double-stops! Thank you for another great lesson 🙂 🙂

    #24678
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    It’s a wonderful arrangement…lots of double stops but John has arranged them in such a way that’s it’s reasonably easy to play them. I read that Ward Allen didn’t play a lot of double stops in his fiddle music except for a few of his songs. A while ago, I found a simplified sheet music version of this song which lacked the double stops. John’s arrangement is so good! Thank you, John! You are really good at this.

    Your fiddle music will undoubtedly come back Gu when you are away from hospital worries and can warm up and practice in your own home.

    #24683

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Kaeleigh, Justine, and all. I hope you enjoy the tune, and I’m happy about Beatrice’s progress news.

    #27158
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    John , your the best, Love the lesson, finally got time to check it out fully, I love the same thing but up a fifth , wink wink, and the ending is special, thanks for taking the precious time to walk us through all the parts one by one and so clearly explained , your fiddle sound like a million bucks, when playing slowly , she is so understandingly smooth and crisp to the point
    !
    merci, quel qualiter superbe mon ami
    Gu

    #27193

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Gu!

    #28381
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Got through page  1 of 4, whohooo , lovin it ! Thanks again, sheesh , it s tuff after learning gold rush, the bowing and accents so different but some the notes the same …

    Simple and bouncy make it sound so simple, but it sure is a doozy double trouble stops and all, got to adjust the bowing tension and try to keep it tuned .

    John , your sweet like my syrup , I m glad I get to spend an hour a day with you again, learning and playing.

    Gu?

    #28385
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Just got through 4/4, woooohoooo, it s much more simple then I thought in the comment above and only about 4hours ago, I was lucky to have the time to look forward into th lesson , wow Ward ! You were super nice to us , it repeats itself and now that I really understand the up a 5th John , I will be practicing everyday. ?

    It s a must for a fiddler like me helping to making 75times 45gallon barels per season!

    Gona play this one on time spring coming up??, try to get a raise ☺️??$

    Gu

     

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    #28423

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Gu, you need a little sweetness after a long day in the garlic. 🙂 It is nice that Ward does so many repeats for us. I love this song!

    #30660
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I’m suddenly feeling very Canadian!

    #30680
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    We’ll take you Cricket!

    #30682

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    No kidding! This song makes me want watch CBC and drink Tim Horton’s.

    #30785
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Plus, I’m ready to tap trees and boil down some syrup!  This tune is like being instantly transported to the north!

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