Arkansas Traveler

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Melvin Wine Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


Field recording available on the CD/DVD set "One More Time": The Life and Music of Melvin Wine from the Augusta Heritage Center


Arkansas Traveler is a well-known and widespread tune, and Melvin Wine played an interesting version of it.  He played it in three parts, AA BB CC AA BB.  Wine's B part is a low variant of the A part.  Wine threw in an extra beat in the A part the second time through.  This may have been a mistake, but it sounds really cool.  Look out for grace notes and broken rhythm.

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