Old Joe Clark

Use these audio files when practicing Old Joe Clark - Basic Melody

Old Joe Clark   72 bpm
Old Joe Clark  104 bpm
Old Joe Clark  140 bpm

This tune is a cross-over piece played at both bluegrass and old-time jams.  If played at an old-time jam, you will likely hear a very basic melody like the one in the audio files above.  If played at a bluegrass jam, you will hear much more complicated versions when each instrumentalist takes a solo break.  Some sample solo versions are shown below:

Old Joe Clark Solo 1   68 bpm
Old Joe Clark Solo 1  104 bpm
Old Joe Clark Solo 1  144 bpm

Old Joe Clark Solo 2   68 bpm
Old Joe Clark Solo 2  104 bpm
Old Joe Clark Solo 2  144 bpm

Use these audio files when practicing the chords for Old Joe Clark

Old Joe Clark Chords   68 bpm
Old Joe Clark Chords  104 bpm
Old Joe Clark Chords  144 bpm

**  There are also regional variations that do turn up with this song.  Sometimes the chord switches to "G" (rather than "E") in Measures 4 and 8, and the melody goes up instead of down!