Old Joe Clark

Key:  G
Tuning: Open G  (gDGBD)

Capo:  n/a

Lesson Notes

Old Joe Clark is pretty much a rite of passage for beginning clawhammer players and it’s a song I still love to play to this day!

There are countless renditions of Old Joe Clark in the old time and bluegrass traditions.

My arrangement employs a mix of basic strumming, the knockdown (or double thumbing) technique, and some rhythmical drop thumbing for good measure.

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