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Banjo tablatures for Wayfaring Stranger


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #minor key, #slow, #vocal song

"The Wayfaring Stranger", also called "the poor walker", is an American folk and gospel song that spoke of the travels of a stranger around the unknown places. As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist. Members of the Western Writers of America selected it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Some historians traced its roots to the 1780s and the early 1800s. Depending on the conversation, the song may be a pictured black spiritual lifting native hymn or even it could have originated from nomadic Portuguese settlers from the southern Appalachian region. The song became famous at Appalachian revivalist sermons right before slowly spreading westward with the pioneers. Although the sing has remained a gospel tune ever since what has probably done better to set its place in the American musical tapestry is its continuous rediscovery and renewal in the near-secular and famous musical worlds. In the 1940s, famous actor and singer Burl Ives made "Wayfaring Stranger" evolved over time as it used as signature beats by Joan Baez, who introduced the free love set to the song. Emmylou Harris, who turned it into a minor hit in 1980. Sunday school teachers and folk festival third- stagers churn out entirely competent versions of the song for decades, British pop star Ed Sheeran has turned it into Cappella-and-vocal loops.

  • Banjo Wayfaring Stranger Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This Scruggs arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger follows the melody arc closely, adding a lot of bluesy and modal touches throughout. There is a slight re-harmonization(chord change). ...

    Banjo Wayfaring Stranger Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Wayfaring Stranger Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    A beautiful challenge. Changing the tuning is common among banjo players. Earl did it for Reuben, Sammy Shelor often plays out of double-C tuning, and a lot of pickers go to this min...

    Banjo Wayfaring Stranger Melodic Style
  • Banjo Wayfaring Stranger Single String Style

    Single String Style

    This arrangements of Wayfaring Stranger mimics the way a flat-picker might cross-pick some parts of this melody. There are some great melodic ideas here, and a good challenge/workout...

    Banjo Wayfaring Stranger Single String Style