Old Joe Clark guitar tabsBack
Learning a familiar fiddle tune in a different octave, key, or position, is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the tune and fretboard layout. Playing Old Joe Clark in the lower octave with the bass strings will unlock a whole new world of sound and licks. If you're at a jam or in a band, it's really cool to play one break on the treble strings, and the next on the bass strings.Learn
Playing this familiar tune without a capo is a rewarding challenge. It will open new things for both rhythm and lead. Most of this tune should be played in second position. That means your first finger should stay mostly on the second fret. Second finger will cover notes on the third fret. Third finger will cover notes on the fourth fret. Your pinky will cover notes on the fifth fret. Excluding the licks, the only time you need to shift is in the last measure of each section. In that case, just make that 1 fret shift backwards while an open string is ringing.Learn
No Capo - Low Octave
Old Joe sounds great without a capo in the lower octave. We really get to use the full force of those low bass strings.Learn
More about Old Joe Clark
On Tunefox, there are 3 versions of this song for you to learn. The Beginner arrangement gives you a good foundation of the verse melody. The Old Joe Clark Intermediate tab is a slidey arrangement of this song, which is a little more technically challenging and finally, the Advanced version introduces more typical bluegrass vocabulary.
Use Tunefox’s unique practice tools to improve your speed and get off the tab faster so you can jam sooner. The "Speed-Up" tool will incrementally increase the tempo of the song so you can build up to your ideal tempo for the tune. Use "Memory-Train" to liberate yourself from the tab. This practice tool will make the notes in the song gradually disappear, forcing you not to look at the tab anymore. Click on measures to isolate and loop them for practice.
The Old Joe Clark backing tracks allow you to practice this song with an entire band and you can change volume of a guitar, band or metronome according to your needs.
Are you looking for a way how to be more creative while playing this song? Our content creators prepared different ways to play most of the measures in all 3 variations of Old Joe Clark. We call them "licks" and you can change these by clicking on the "Original Measure" text above the measure. You can also shuffle all of the licks in the song to get a completely new arrangement.
Members can also export all of their banjo Old Joe Clark arrangements into PDF files.