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Old Joe Clark

Old Joe Clark” is an American folk song that was popular among soldiers from eastern Kentucky during World War I. Today, “Old Joe Clark” is one of the most common songs that you’ll hear at bluegrass jams. It is traditionally played on the fiddle, but it has also become a favorite flatpicking tune for many bluegrass guitarists.

You’ll run across different variations of this song at a bluegrass jam. We’ll tab out a common way to play the rhythm guitar part for “Old Joe Clark”. This version will be in the key of A but we’ll play it with a capo on the 2nd fret using key of G chord shapes.


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