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Old Joe Clark
This old fiddle tune is also a great mandolin or banjo instrumental. It is safe to say that sooner or later every bluegrass or "old-time" picker learns this tune so you might as well too!
*The key of A the standard key in which everyone plays this tune. Guitar and banjo players usually prefer to play it "in G positions" with their capos on the 2nd fret putting them in the key of A.
Download the PDF File: All 100 of the chord progressions from this site are available as a PDF file for printing on 8.5" x 11" pages. The download file includes 90 additional jam session favorites not shown on the website. Get information by clicking here.
Additional Learning Resources:
The Mandolin Song Book by Bradley Laird includes 2 versions of Old Joe Clark and 31 other mandolin breaks and solos.
Bradley Laird's Video Mandolin Lesson: Old Joe Clark
Geoff Hohwald's Banjo Rhythm and Backup 101 Video Series teaches Old Joe Clark
Geoff Hohwald's Video Banjo Lesson: Old Joe Clark
Brad's Clawhammer Banjo Lesson which teaches Old Joe Clark is Clawhammer Banjo 4
David Ellis' Guitar Flatpicking Lesson teaching Old Joe Clark
The Bluegrass Fakebook by Bert Casey has the Chords, Lyrics and Melody to Old Joe Clark, along with 149 more bluegrass songs.
The Let's Jam Country & Bluegrass CD includes Old Joe Clark