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Arkansas Traveler mandolin tabs

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    Beginner

    Traditional

    Arkansas Traveler is a popular bluegrass and old-time tune. Although this is a beginner arrangement, it still includes many of the trademark melodic lines.

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  • Intermediate

    Traditional

    This is a chunky lower register A section. Work on bringing out those low melodies with good tone. Also, watch out for all of those chords in the B section!

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  • Advanced

    Traditional

    An upper register arrangement of Arkansas Traveler with a couple fancy triplet licks at the end of the A section and beginning of the B section.

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More about Arkansas Traveler

Composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner(1806–1874), "The Arkansas Traveler" reigned as the unofficial state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963. It became the official state song in 1947, when a committee came together to pen down the current official lyrics. The song is traditionally known to have had several versions of lyrics, which are much older than the copyrighted song. However it being a state song, the official lyrics were copyrighted and it can be found on the website of the Arkansas Secretary of State.

The melody is catchy and it's one that many are accustomed to hearing when growing up because of its popularity in children's music under the name "I've Got a Baby Bumblebee."