Apple Blossom

by The White Stripes • Lesson #30 • Nov 2, 2016

Editor’s Notes

Hey friends! Here’s a new PDF for my lesson teaching Apple Blossom by The White Stripes (it also appears on Jack White’s acoustic album from 2016). It includes chords, tabs, and strumming patterns – showing how to play this song in standard tuning on an acoustic guitar. This is a song I enjoyed quite a bit during my college days (1999-2003), but I fell in love with it again after hearing it used in Quentin Tarantino’s movie The Hateful Eight.

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  • 3:22 Chords Used
  • 4:08 Verse Strumming Technique
  • 5:57 Refrain Strumming Technique
  • 7:54 Barre Chords

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    Hey little apple blossom
    What... seems to be the problem
    ...All the ones you tell your troubles to
         E            G        Am
    They don't really care for you

    ...Come and tell me what you're thinking
    Cause just when the boat is sinking
    ...A little light is blinking
        E               G      Am
    And I will come and rescue you

        Dm                     Am
        ...Lots of girls walk around in tears
        E                      Am
        But that's not for you...
        Dm                          Am
        ...You've been looking all around for years
                B (let ring)                    E  G
        For someone to tell your troubles to

    ...Come and sit with me and talk awhile
    ...Let me see your pretty little smile
    ...Put your troubles in a little pile
        E                G       Am
    And I will sort them out for you


        Dm                     Am
        ...Lots of girls walk around in tears
        E                      Am
        But that's not for you...
        Dm                          Am
        ...You've been looking all around for years
                B (let ring)                    E  G
        For someone to tell your troubles to

    ...Come and sit with me and talk awhile
    ...Let me see your pretty little smile
    ...Put your troubles in a little pile
        E                G       Am
    And I will sort them out for you

    E               G           Am
    ...I'll fall in love with you...
    E               G         Am
    ...I think I'll marry you

Chords used

Here’s the regular open version of the chords:

E –|–––––0–––––1–––––0––––––––––––––|–
B –|–––––1–––––3–––––0––––––––––4–––|–
G –|–––––2–––––2–––––1–––––0––––4–––|–
D –|–––––2–––––0–––––2–––––0––––4–––|–
A –|–––––0–––––––––––2–––––2––––2–––|–
E –|–––––––––––––––––0–––––3––––––––|–
         Am    Dm    E     G    B

And here’s an all-barre chord edition, if you have something against open chords.

E –|–––––5–––––5–––––––––––––––––––––|–
B –|–––––5–––––6–––––––––––––––––––––|–
G –|–––––5–––––7–––––1–––––4––––8––––|–
D –|–––––7–––––7–––––2–––––5––––9––––|–
A –|–––––7–––––5–––––2–––––5––––9––––|–
E –|–––––5–––––––––––0–––––3––––7––––|–
         Am    Dm    E     G    B

Chord Progression


Am . . . Am . . . Dm . . . Dm . . .
Am . . . Am . . . E  . G . Am . . .


Dm . . . Am . . . E . . . Am . . .
Dm . . . Am . . . B . . . E  . . .

Strumming pattern


Here, you want to do all down strums, one per beat. Optionally, you can add an up-strum on the eighth note at the very end of each measure. Also, you want to slightly lift your pressed fingers off the fretboard just after each strum, which punctuates each strum.

E ||––0––––0––––0––––0––––0–|––0––––0––––0––––0––––0–|––
B ||––1––––1––––1––––1––––0–|––1––––1––––1––––1––––0–|––
G ||––2––––2––––2––––2––––0–|––2––––2––––2––––2––––0–|––
D ||––2––––2––––2––––2––––0–|––2––––2––––2––––2––––0–|––  etc
A ||––0––––0––––0––––0––––––|––0––––0––––0––––0––––––|––
E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––––––|––
      v    v    v    v    ^    v    v    v    v    ^
      Am                       Am                       


Here, you want to emphasize the bass note of each chord with a single, clean downstrum – and then do some casual down-up, up-down-up afterwards. Use this as a blueprint, and add the strums in.

E –|––––––1–––  –––––0–––  –––––0––––  –––––0––––|–
B –|––––––3–––  –––––1–––  –––––0––––  –––––1––––|–
G –|––––––2–––  –––––2–––  –––––1––––  –––––2––––|–
D –|–––0––––––  –––––2–––  –––––2––––  –––––2––––|–
A –|––––––––––  ––0––––––  –––––2––––  ––0–––––––|–
E –|––––––––––  –––––––––  ––0–––––––  ––––––––––|–
       Dm         Am         E           Am

Solo tab

Here’s a simple “bassier” version, in the lower register:

E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–
B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–
G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–
D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––|––5/7––7–5–––––––––––––|–
A ||–––5/7––7–7–5––––––––––––|––––––––––––/8–––7–5–––|–
E ||–––––––––––––––/8–––7–5––|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–
       Am                       Dm

E –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
B –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
G –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
D –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
A –|–––0–7––––0–5––––0–3––––0––3––5––3––––––––––|–
E –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-/7–––5––|–

E –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
B –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
G –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
D –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
A –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
E –|–––/7–7–7–7–––8––8––7~~–0––––––3––|–

And here’s a version that is an octave higher. I’m sure Jack White doesn’t play it like this, and that’s fine – this version is optimized so you can do some loose strumming in the open chord positions.

E –|–––––0––0––––––––––––––|–––––5––5––––––––––––––|–
B –|–––––1–––––3––1––0–––––|–––––6–––––8––6––5–––––|–
G –|–––––2––––––––––––––2––|–––––7––––––––––––––7––|–
D –|–––––2–––––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––––––––––|–
A –|––0––––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–
E –|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––––––|–
      Am                      Dm

E –|–––––0––0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
B –|–––––1––––––3––3–––1––1–––0––1––0––––––|–
G –|–––––2––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2––|–
D –|–––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
A –|––0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
E –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–

E –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
B –|–––0––0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
G –|–––1–––––––––0–––2–––––––––––––––––––––|–
D –|–––2––––––2––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––|–
A –|–––2–––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––|–
E –|–––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
       E             Am

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