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Banjo tablatures for Arkansas Traveler


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #old time, #medium-tempo

This is a tune you may be familiar with. The melody has traditional lyrics and is also used in the Nursery rhyme, "Baby Bumblebee". When learning this tune make sure to listen several times before starting to practice. Repetitive listening is so important when learning, memorizing and internalizing a new tune. The Scruggs and Melodic version of this tune make for great leads, but don't forget to practice that backup, especially if you're gonna jam with other players.

  • Banjo Arkansas Traveler Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This arrangement features some essential Scruggs-style roll patterns, especially in the B section of the song. Check out the preview measure below to learn the MTMT roll.

    Banjo Arkansas Traveler Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Arkansas Traveler Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    An intermediate level version of Arkansas Traveler. Typically, the song is in D, but it's fun to put your capo on the 2nd fret and play it out of C position.

    Banjo Arkansas Traveler Melodic Style
  • Banjo Arkansas Traveler Backup


    Arkansas Traveler features regular chord movement between the C and G chords in the B section, and that can be a difficult (and fun) challenge to get the hang of. Notice the repeatin...

    Banjo Arkansas Traveler Backup