Arkansas Traveler Guitar Song Chords

Arkansas Traveler guitar song chords and easy guitar tabs, FREE! This is a great flat-picking beginner guitar song from the American South. Many of your students may already be familiar with this tune but by another name, with the lyrics, "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee -- Won't my mommy be so proud of me?" 

Arkansas Traveler (pronounced "ahr-kuhn-saw") SOUNDS like a traditional folk song, but actually it was written in the 1800s by a fellow named Colonel Sanford C. "Sandy" Faulkner, according to Wikipedia. A committee in the state of Arkansas wrote new lyrics for this song in 1947 in preparation for making the song the state song -- but I have put the traditional song lyrics in the sheetmusic.

Here is the key of C version: 

Guitar song chords for Arkansas Traveler


Download easy guitar tabs "Arkansas Traveler" for guitar and fiddle in the key of C

Download guitar song chords in the key of D

Download beginner guitar song chords for guitar and violin in the key of G 


Here is a terrific rendition of the beginner guitar song, played on violin. This fiddler is a real pleasure to listen to. She is playing in the key of D, using double stops (more than one string at a time), a much fancier version than what I have here: 



And here is what the key of G looks like, with a little bit different ending than the C and D versions. 

Lead sheet with guitar tabs for Arkansas Traveler


I mentioned that the music is a bit different in the key of G. That's because I didn't want to take the guitar tabs down to F#, fret 4, in the fast passage that comes at the end of each section. That's fine; every version you hear will be a little different from all the others!

In one of the guitar books I sometimes require my guitar students to purchaseThe Hal Leonard Bluegrass Method, there are several flatpicking duets. Arkansas Traveler is one of them, in the key of C. It is a lot of fun, and my beginner guitar students really like it. Mostly the parts move in parallel thirds, making nice harmony even if no one provides a chord background.

And here is the song on mandolin, with a lesson! I want to borrow a mandolin and try it: 






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