Watch the Arkansas Traveler online guitar lesson by Cathy Fink from Bluegrass Rhythm Handbook

The challenge to playing this tune at tempo is the quick chord changes. Sometimes I'll stick with the alternating bass notes and sometimes I'll skip a chord and put in a longer bass run; it might even be a chromatic bass run. If you sing the melody of the tune, you'll get it into your head and start feeling where the chords change more easily.