“Old Joe Clark” | Doc Watson – Beginner/Intermediate Guitar Lesson with TAB


This 3-part lesson is based off the Doc Watson version that he would often play with his son Merle in the form of a medley. “Old Joe Clark” is one of the most well known of all of the old southern fiddle tunes and can be heard on countless classic country and bluegrass records over the years. This beginner/intermediate tune shares many of the same melodic intervals that can be heard in other great fiddle tunes like “Salt Creek” and “Red Haired Boy”. In this lesson, we’ll take an in-depth look at “Old Joe Clark” and explore the specific techniques that gives this Doc style tune it’s old-timey feel. Learn the full Old Joe Clark melody as well as the rhythm section. This is a complete lesson including the full tab, backing tracks and SoundSlice integration.

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You’ll get streaming access to three MP4 video files, six MP3 audio practice tracks (three with metronome), one PDF tab sheet and one TEF tab file. This lesson also includes SoundSlice Player integration so you can slow down, pause and rewind the melody in real time with the tab!

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Videos (Streaming)

Part A – 10:36
Part B – 12:32
Rhythm & Chords – 9:10

PDF Tab Sheets (Streaming and Download)

– “Old Joe Clark”.PDF

TEF Tab Files (Download)

– “Old Joe Clark”.TEF
(Use this file with TablEdit or TEFview.)

Audio Backing Tracks (Streaming and Download)

80 BPM – 5:01
80 BPM with Metronome – 5:01
100 BPM – 5:03
100 BPM with Metronome – 5:03
120 BPM – 5:01
120 BPM with Metronome – 5:01