Wayfaring Stranger – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

Wayfaring Stranger is a popular folk song that likely originated in the early 19th century. It’s been recorded by many including notable versions by Johnny Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Doc Watson, and Trace Adkins. I played it in the key of Am, with Travis picking fingerstyle accompaniment (alternating thumb).


This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.


The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:




I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here: