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Mandolin tablatures for Old Joe Clark


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #old time, #instrumental, #fiddle tune

This is a jam standard! Make sure to learn this at the easiest level so you get the basic melody. You'll need to adjust the green difficulty slider for that. Once you get comfortable playing this at the easier level, you can raise the difficulty level bit by bit with the slider or use the Tunefox Tutor to guide your progression. Learn the Bluegrass arrangement first. The Low octave arrangement requires quite a bit more stretching for the fret hand.

Old Joe Clark is an American folk song composed in the early 19th century. The song tells the story of an old man named Joe Clark who lives deep in the mountains of Kentucky. The bluegrass arrangement of the song is characterized by a bouncy, cheerful tempo, an upbeat melody utilizing the mandolin's unique percussive attack, and a toe-tapping backbeat. The low octave arrangement instead features a laid-back, slower tempo, a mellow melody, and a relaxed, low-register sound for the mandolin.

  • Mandolin Old Joe Clark Bluegrass


    This is the classic version of Old Joe Clark. It can be simplified with the slider, or you can crank up the difficulty and play the full fledged fiddle tune version of this song. Mak...

    Mandolin Old Joe Clark Bluegrass
  • Mandolin Old Joe Clark Low Octave

    Low Octave

    Time to get low. Playing in the lower octave can unlock new ideas and sounds. It also comes with more challenge in the fretting hand. Take it slow, and play it clean!

    Mandolin Old Joe Clark Low Octave