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Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson - Acoustic Guitar

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Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson:

Here we have the intermediate version of Arkansas Traveler. This is a great song that I had my first exposure to through my very first bluegrass album, Norman Blake's Whiskey Before Breakfast.

True Bluegrass InstrumentalsNorman Blake's CD Arkansas Traveler: Norman is one of the most fascinating and talented guitar players out there. This was the first flatpicking guitar album that I purchased and I still love it and play the songs constantly.

Other songs include: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane; Under the Double Eagle; Six White Horses; Salt River; Old Gray Mare; Down At Mylow's House; Sleepy Eyed Joe/ Indian Creek; Arkansas Traveler; The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee; The Minstrel Boy to the War Has Gone / The Ash Grove; Church St. Blues; Macon Rag; Fiddler's Dram / Whiskey Before Breakfast; Slow Train Through Georgia.

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson
This lesson is available in the following formats:

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you !

The rhythm for this song is located on the second track of the Guitar Pro file above. It lists all of the chords, chord diagrams and timing for the song. You can use that file to practice your lead for this song.

All of these files were authored in eMedia's Guitar-Pro. This is the favorite tab and notation authoring software for us here at Ultimate Guitar OnLine.

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Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson
The Second Break:

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson - The Third Break: This is a great version of this song and I think you will love it too. While you will struggle with certain portions of this break, you will be able to utilize these licks in other songs. That is the great part about licks.

The link to the First Break is: Arkansas Traveler Beginner Lesson .

The link to the Second Break is: Arkansas Traveler Intermediate Lesson .

The link to the First Break is: Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson.

Note: If the links are not active above, then this version of the lesson is in the editing stage and will be published shortly - check back often.

If you are not familiar with reading Guitar Tab, click HERE for a quick tutorial. If you are not familiar with reading notation click HERE for some online lesson material we have put together. Otherwise will be give you hints along the way by hovering your mouse over certain keywords in this text.

Having trouble with Crosspicking technique. We have a great article on Learning How to Crosspick.

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson - About My Download Files:

The first thing you should do is download both the PDF and Guitar Pro File for this break. They are free download files and are published in a very professional manner. None of that HTML TAB will be found on this site.

I want to should you the right way, with timing, real notes, left hand fingers and chord forms you should use.

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson - Instructor Notes On The Lesson:

This song is almost always played in the key of D Major with the Capo being plasced on the 2nd fret. This means you can play in the key of C Major and it will really be D.

All chords that are used for rhythm are shown under the title of the song. There will be exceptions to these when I am cramped for room, but you will usually see them there.

Lots of cross-picking here so watch your down-ups carefully. There will be instances where it just seems wrong to play with the pick direction shown, but as you gain speed and clarity, you will understand and it will eventually become natural for you.

Probably the hardest portion of this break will be the second have or the "B" part of this song.

Be sure you hold the double stops (double notes) and let them ring through the 3 eighth notes that follow.

It is important if Flatpicking Guitar that you try to let notes (especially open strings) to ring through other notes. This gives a bit of a harp-like sound to the guitar and makes your picking sound much smoother and cleaner. Give it a try where ever it says 'let ring' you do this.

You will note the chord designation that I located above the notation. These are the actual rhythm chords for the song. By placing them in the notation, they give you a guide as to where the song is going and some visual hints as to what is coming up.

The reason for this is important as you will see in future lessons and as you grow into the more advanced picking breaks. The lead often reflects chord forms that are used in the rhythm and these 'visual clues' will help you improvise and even give you hints when memorizing a passage. They are very important.

Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Arkansas Traveler Beginner Tab 1
Arkansas Traveler Advanced Lesson 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Arkansas Traveler Beginner Tab 2