I listened a bunch to this version of Angeline Baker when I had a mandolin on order (one that was much like the one in the video):
I loved how it was a laid back version and felt really comfy. I have been playing around with coming up with similar things. I wasn’t trying to copy what is in the video, just take the style and inject what I wanted. I came up with a couple “A” parts, and as I was trying to write them, I realized I really don’t know what the basic melody is. I have something in my head, but I have heard so many different timings, phrasings, and notes, I have no idea how close to the “real” melody what I had in my head was. Anyway, here is a a tab of an “A” part. It’s actually two different “A” parts (basic first half, embellished second half), but I compressed them into a single one. Each half could be stretched into a full “A” part.
I figured I’d put it out here for sharing/comments/collaboration. I haven’t started on “B” parts yet. Over the next few days, I’ll probably start working on them (basic first then embellished). Feel free to jump in and add some parts if you wish.
A few notes: (1) It’s drop D. I like letting the D chord stuff ring as much as I can. (2) I play a “wrong” pick stroke at the end of measure 15. The 16th triplet should start with an upstroke, but I found it sounds more solid as a down stroke (and it’s easier as well). The following picked note I also play as a down stroke, so the two are almost a rake (or a pair of rest strokes). (3) Beats three and four of the 16th measure look like a handful, but they are pretty easy to do at moderate speed (which is how I intend to keep this version). It’s all in the left hand. I had some easier versions of the same phrase, but ended up taking the “A” part I wrote from basic to as complex as I want to make it. As time goes by, I may tab out maybe 4 different “A” parts for guitar (2 low and 2 high) and I can make something in between the basic and last phrase if anyone wants it.