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Arkansas Traveller tabs 2 months 2 weeks ago #9718

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Hi all, (I hope this is the right place to post this topic)
I recently bought Glenn Weisers book "Irish and American fiddle tunes for Harmonica". From it I am trying to learn 'Arkansas Traveller'. The thing is parts of the tune sounds as if the wrong tabs have been written down. I have listened to many versions of this on guitar and fiddle, he even gives an example on the CD with the book, but the tabs just don't seem to gel.
Does anyone have their own tabs to this tune, to allow me to compare? I have tried the usual routes YouTube, harptabs etc but to no avail.
Thanks in advance.
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Arkansas Traveller tabs 2 months 2 weeks ago #9719

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Does it say what key of harp to use, Irish quite often is played in the key of 'D', (that has C# & F#).
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Arkansas Traveller tabs 2 months 2 weeks ago #9720

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Yes Keith ,it's played in key of D...
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Arkansas Traveller tabs 2 months 2 weeks ago #9729

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Have a look here, & see if these are any better for you to figure it out.

bluegrassguitar.com/pdf/ArkansasTraveler.pdf
petecooper.com/americanfiddle/ArkansasT.pdf
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Arkansas Traveller tabs 2 months 2 weeks ago #9738

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Hello, Johno77.

The arrangement of Glenn Weiser is a different version from
the George-Heaps-Nelson arrangement from his book.
Publishers ask the arrangers to write a variation of a tune,
to avoid copyright legal problems.

The Weiser version has all correct tablature, but the tune may
not be what your ears have heard before.

Since I learned the tune from the Nelson book, the Weiser
version took a few minutes to learn.

The tablature will be the same, regardless of the key in which
it's played. You may play it in any major key, as long as it's
the same key as the piano player in your group. If you are playing
it without a group, you can use any Richter 10-hole major key
diatonic harp.

Here's the Nelson version's tablature. The Nelson version is in
the key of C, but the tablature will work with a D harp.

Lack of rhythmic notation is the main problem with reading
harmonica tablature. If you don't already know this tune's
rhythms, this tab won't help you.

Two foot taps per measure;
The sign ( - ) is a rest of a half count;
A blow reed has no extra sign; ( * ) is a draw reed;
The sign ( | ) is a measure divider (bar line);
The signs B) and :side: are inclusive repeat signs.

ARKANSAS TRAVELER

B) 6 | 7 8 8* 7 6* - | 6 - 7 - | 8* 8* 8 8 | 8* 8 8* 7 6* 6 |

| 7 8 8* 7 6* - | 6 - 7 - | 7 7* 7 6 6* 7 6 5* | 5 4 4* 4 :side:

B) 5 5* |6 5* 5 6 5* 5 4* 5* | 5 4* 4 5 4* 2* |3 - 4 *- | 5 4* 4 5 4 |

5 5* |5 4* 4 5 4* 6 | 7 7* 7 6 6* 7 6 5* | 5 4 4* 4 :side:

Best Regards

John Broecker
Sussex, Wisconsin, USA
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Arkansas Traveller tabs 2 months 2 weeks ago #9739

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First of all thanks for your help Keith.
I have posted the tabs below...see what you think
I post ed the Wieser track but I don't know if this page will allow that..




Arkansas Traveller (tabs)


A
6 7 8 8 7 6 7 7 6 6 5 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 6

6 7 8 8 7 6 7 7 6 6 5 6 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 6 6 7 6 5

5 4 4 3 4 6 1st ending
5 4 4 3 4 8 9 2nd ending

B
9 9 8 9 9 8 8 9 8 8 7 8 8 6

7 7 7 8 8 7 8 9 8 8 7 8 8 8 9

9 9 8 9 9 8 8 9 8 8 7 8 8 6

7 7 7 6 6 7 7 6

6 5 5 4 4 8 9 1st ending
6 5 5 4 4 2nd ending
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