Old Joe Clark

One occasion when I got to observe Vassar Clements was when he was promoting his new album at a record store. He was mainly holding his fiddle and chatting with fans, when suddenly Mike Marshall breezed into the store, pulled out his fiddle and got into a hot twin fiddle version of Old Joe Clark with Vassar.

I was astounded, both by the virtuosity displayed, and by the unrehearsed excellence of the performance. It was a clear clue for me of the high musical potential of fiddling.

In my book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, I have a beginner version of this tune. This chart is a little more advanced, and more typical of how you hear it played.

The fiddle tab chart for Old Joe Clark in pdf.

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    • L.Tucker
    • February 6, 2011
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    Thanks, for the free fiddle tabs,I am a beginner please explain the numbers within a circle,the L ,also the half circle over two numbers and the dot,and two dots between the numbers.

    Thank You Leroy

    1. Reply

      You may have already received the pdf of explanation that I sent. If not, you can find it here: Fiddle Tabs Explained

    • L.Tucker
    • February 9, 2011
    Reply

    Thank you so very much nice to know there is still people out there that are willing to help all of us beginners keep fiddle music a live.

    1. Reply

      Thanks for your comment. Old Joe Clark is one of the tunes that beginners can learn to play fast sooner than others.

    • John Scott
    • July 25, 2015
    Reply

    These tabs are really helpful. My question is what does the ‘L’ mean? Thank you so much.

  1. Reply

    I would like very much to hear “Old tyme fiddle tunes” like Orange blossom special but I’m trying to find out how to do this on googles. What I’m trying to say here I would like to hear Country Fiddle “compilation” I have tried for Rock and Roll and it did work and I did try for Country Fiddle Compilation it didn’t work is there another way …….to do this can anybody help me here I would certainly appreciate that there is so many fiddle tunes that you just want to get up and dance.

    Thank you

  2. Reply

    What I’m asking is the names of the Fiddle Tunes and who is the artist or players there is a lot of good Fiddle Tunes I would like to get my hands on. How to search them all if I had to go to Googles.

    Thank You for all of your help

    1. Reply

      This is the fourth entry for a Google search of “fiddle tune compilation.”
      http://www.mne.psu.edu/lamancusa/tunes.html

      If you can purchase a book, check out amazon.com for the same search term.

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