Old Joe Clark
Beginner Guitar Tabs

Old Joe Clark beginner guitar tabs is a great kids guitar piece. It doesn't move too fast, and the notes don't jump around.

There are lots of open strings- hooray!

It does straddle three strings, however, so I probably wouldn't give it to a child who is a brand-new beginner, the first few weeks.

The melody is not familiar enough to motivate them to keep working if they get frustrated with the string-crossing... they'll just become baffled.  

So make your first practice session heavy on the chords, while you play & sing the melody.  Get them familiar with that melody.

Easy Guitar tabs for Old Joe Clark

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Get those beginners counting at once - Kids like the funny Old Joe Clark lyrics, and they are easy to sing!  So get them singing along with you, and when you get to the long notes, say the song words plus the counting, like this:

"Old Joe Clark, he had a house-2, eighteen stories high-2-3-4..."  They will start to feel counting before they can duplicate it verbally.

This song has easy chords, too; play it as a duet with them, or talk their friend, brother or sister into doing chords or melody on another guitar, or on the piano while the other one plays guitar. 

Start with just guitar tabs - Your beginner guitar student will find a single staff of tablature much easier to follow, initially, than the first arrangement, above. 

Down strokes only...

As shown in the beginning guitar method books, your student should be using down strokes only at first, until they have a good grip on their pick.  

One  image I use to reinforce correct pick hold is "A round donut, not a squashed maple bar!"  That is a description of the way index finger and thumb look together; rounded, not flat and pinched.

Overlapping thumb and index finger will take time to make a habit.  But the "donut circle" must not hold the pick at the tips of the fingers, but firmly gripped between the overlapped final joints of thumb and index finger.  

Well, I know some guitarists do, but not in my studio. This grip shape will need much reinforcing from you.

Here is THE EASIEST WAY to read the tabs of Old Joe Clark, with no confusion from a second staff:

Guitar tablature Old Joe Clark




The links for Old Joe Clark pdfs:


Download Old Joe Clark guitar tabs for beginners. with treble staff above


Download Old Joe Clark beginner guitar tabs







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