Play the Fiddle Tune "Angeline the Baker" on Guitar
The origin of the fiddle tune â€śAngeline the Bakerâ€ť is a bit of a mystery. Many people credit it to Stephen Foster, and the chorus of Fosterâ€™s song â€śAngelina Bakerâ€ť has a few bits of melody in common with the lower part of the fiddle tune. But the high part seems to have come from somewhere else entirely.
Fiddler Uncle Eck Dunfordâ€™s 1928 recording of â€śAngeline the Bakerâ€ť really only has the title in common with Fosterâ€™s song and is a somewhat skeletal version of the melody that has become an old-time and bluegrass staple. The songâ€™s first eight measures are shown below.
Excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials