Thursday, December 16, 2010

Arkansas Traveler rhythm tracks

Okay, I pried myself away from the new 8-string distractionator long enough to record these:

Here's the recording I did on my new mando, which is pretty much the basic melody at an easy-going tempo.

The chords are sort of busy:
A part
| D | D | A | A | D | D | D G | A D | (repeat)
B part
| D G | D A | D G | D A | D G | D A | D G | A D | (repeat)

or with a capo on 2
A part
| C | C | G | G | C | C | C F | G C | (repeat)
B part
| C F | C G | C F | C G | C F | C G | C F | G C| (repeat)

And here are some youtubes:


  1. Happy New Year, Dave! Happy picking in 2011.

  2. Hey could you please post the PDF for your Mandolin part on this tune. I much enjoy your playing.
    Thank you Dave! You're the MAN!!!

  3. Jeremy,

    Will do. I'll have to figure it out and tab it. It's 2nd in my "tabs to write" queue: Keep on the Sunny Side (guitar), Arkansas Traveler (mando), Foggy Mtn Breakdown (guitar). Hope things are going your way!

  4. Hi, thank you very much for the useful resources on this site. I'm just getting started out with flatpicking and I'm having fun trying to work out some solo lines to play over the top of your recordings (Arkansas Traveler for example).

    Can you please tell me how I can work out the chords you're playing, though? Ultimately I want to be able to play with friends one day instead of over a backing track,

    Thanks from England

  5. Hi, Patrick. Sorry I forgot to put the chords on this one. I'll fix that.

    To figure out the chords for a song, I usually start with finding the bass notes. After I figure out the bass notes, I try putting chords that fit those bass notes and see if they sound right. It's a little laborious, and it helps to know the 1, 4, and 5 for the common keys and try those chords first. Then I usually try the 2m or 6m, or maybe the 2 (major).

    For example, this tune is in the key of D. So the chords to try out would be:
    1 D (major)
    4 G (major)
    5 A (major)

    and then if there were more chords that didn't sound like any of those three, I would try

    2m E minor
    6m B minor
    2 E (major)

    In the case of this song, you only need the first three (the 1, 4, and 5).

  6. Dave,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me on that! Awesome. I saw the last post was 3 years ago but figured it was worth a shot asking. The chords you've put up are great, really easy to follow. Thanks again.

  7. I've been using this site for years and its gotten me comfortable in many a jam! Thanks so much Dave. If you ever need any help or a hosting mirror just let me know, happy to keep this site live!!!