Watch the Poor Wayfaring Stranger - 3 online guitar lesson by Richard Kiser from Gospel Fingerstyle Guitar

The Intro to this tune is probably the most difficult part to learn, and will require the most practice, because there are so many different little patterns and variations. I recommed you take each part one step at a time and learn it completely before moving on to the next phrase. In this text, i'll try to explain some of the areas that might need special attention. The first part after the first phrase, is a decending minor scale. Notice that one of the notes is a hammer-on and there are a couple of pull-offs in this run as you play the scale. The reason is you can get a bit more speed in playing the scale when some of the notes are hammered or pulled with the left hand instead of picking with the right. It might be a good idea to loop this little section of the video and jut work on that riff until you have it down. This run is resolved in "Am". and the next note will be an "F". When you play the "F", it should be played almost like an arpeggio but your thumb and index and middle finger will be playing three strings consecutively starting with the 6th and playing this pattern: 654,543,432,321. This is a common "roll" so to speak and is used in a number of places in this song in some form. The next section is played in a 5th fret position of "Am" only you leave the first three strings open. You will be playing a tremolo on the first string as your thumb plays a decending note patern as well as alternating the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd strings. Remember from a previous lesson that the tremolo is played on the first string by playing your ring, middle, and index fingers in a constant consecutive motion. The next area that might need a little explaining is when it goes from "Am" to "D7" to the "F" where there is another decending roll using pull-offs and hammer-ons to keep the speed and precision in the movements. Just watch the left hand to see which notes are played and which are pull-offs. It will then resolve in "E" and the tempo starts with the alternating bass lines you play an "Am", an "F", next is a "D7", and last, is an "Esus". This is where the actual tempo for the song will be determined so don't start this tempo too fast

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