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Discuss the Mandolin lesson: Arkansas Traveler


This is a basic version of an old classic fiddle tune which is, frankly, a necessity…even if you’re foreign to the Ozarks!


wow…the “she’ll be coming round the mountain” lesson seemed like the backup tracks were a little slow. This one, I can’t keep up with the slowest backing track after a couple of days of working on it. I may need to rethink the whole mandolin thing apparently. I am having a hell of a time remembering all of the permutations of the song along with keeping my picking hand correct and keeping up with 140 BPM.


Hey @alex, don’t lose hope, buddy! Those backing tracks are not meant to be litmus tests. I encourage you to try the .tef tab files to play along with the tab at a speed that’s needed for your learning:


Hi Ben

Are the backing tracks half the intro in time as i defo cant get two turn-rounds in like in the preview that you do



The music part is , yes.


Thanks for that thought i was going mad