John Goodin's Mandotopia Site


I have been playing the mandolin since the mid-1970s and I continue to take delight in playing, practicing, composing and arranging for this remarkable instrument. This site contains links to some of my mandolin publications, compositions, and other mandolin-related projects that I have either completed or have in progress. I hope you enjoy your visit.

New and Recent Publications

Airs for the Seasons by James Oswald, arranged for Solo Mandolin by John Goodin (published by Mel Bay, either print or ebook)(2018)
Waitin' On the Julia Belle for mandolin orchestra by John Goodin (dedicated to the memory of John Hartford and the Julia Belle Swain)(2018)
St. Francis and the Birds for mandolin quartet or ensemble by John Goodin (2018)
May Frost: 64 Original Mandolin Tunes (with harmony parts and guitar chords) by John Goodin (2018)
James Oswald on the Ohio for mandolin quartet or ensemble by John Goodin (2018)
Mandolin Books by John Goodin: a new page on this site that gathers together links for my various mandolin music books including my self-published items (both for sale and free) and those published by Mel Bay, Inc.
Driftless for mandolin orchestra by John Goodin (commissioned by the 2017 Carlo Aonzo Mandolin Workshop)
Playford for Mandolin: 121 Tunes from the Playford Dancing Masters (1651-1728) adapted for Mandolin by John Goodin - (published by Mel Bay, either print or ebook)
18 Duettinos by William Bates (adapted for two mandolins by John Goodin) (recording available at Bandcamp, PDF score available here)

Original compositions

Compositions for mandolin orchestra or other mandolin ensembles
Postcards From the Crater: Easy to Intermediate Divertimentos for solo Mandolin or Violin (music book in standard notation: PDF copy $5, print copy $13, postpaid)
Deer Tracks (for solo mandolin) (mp3 recordings and sheet music : 2013 studio recording, CD and download available from CD Baby)
Midwestern Mandolin Duos (music book in standard notation, some w/chords: PDF copy $5, print copy $12, postpaid)
Contratopia Tunebook: Original Reels, Jigs, Waltzes and Airs by John Goodin & Erik Sessions (music book in standard notation w/chords, 57 tunes: PDF copy $6, print copy $12, postpaid)
31 Waltzes (music book available in standard notation w/chords, mandolin tablature or guitar tablature)
So Many Tunes blog (mp3 recordings mostly featuring mandolin with pdf sheet music) (alphabetical list of the tunes)
Mandolin and Strings (music for mandolins and bowed strings)

Mandolin music and materials from the Public Domain

Music originally composed for mandolin, mandolino or other wire-strung plucked instruments (guittar, cittern, etc.)
Arrangements of classical pieces for mandolin-family instruments
Mandolin sheet music and instructional materials from the "Golden Era"

Optional Donation

Much of the music on this site is free for your use as outlined in the Creative Commons License below but I am, with some hesitation, offering the opportunity to make a small donation via PayPal (whether you have a PayPal account or not) to help support this kind of publishing. Print out the music, try it with your group, it really is free. If you want to make a donation any amount is fine. You might consider asking each member of your orchestra or ensemble to donate a dollar, or you could "pass the hat" at a rehearsal or performance. No donation is necessary, my main interest is in sharing the music.

It's also perfectly all right to send a donation via personal check to: John Goodin, 408 Center Ave., Decorah, IA 52101.

Email: John Goodin

Articles written for the Mandolin Journal (official newsletter of the Classical Mandolin Society of America)

Digital Mando (XXV.4): News from Long Ago (November 2008, vol. XXV, no. 4)
The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age by Jeffrey J. Noonan (book review) (August 2008, vol. XXV, no. 3)
Digital Mando (XXV.3): marilynn mair mandolin (August 2008, vol. XXV, no. 3)
Digital Mando (XXV.2): Vivaldi, Mandolin & YouTube (May 2008, vol. XXV, no. 2)
Digital Mando (XXIV.1): S.S. Stewart Banjo and Guitar Journal (February 2008, vol. XXIV, no. 1)
Mandolin-oriented content in digital issues of the S.S. Stewart Banjo and Guitar Journal available from the University of Rochester Sibley Music Library website (bibliography) (February 2008, vol. XXIV, no. 1)
Bibliography of Classical Mandolin articles in the Mandolin World News (1976-1984) (February 2004, vol. XIX, no. 1)
James Oswald and the Eighteen Divertimento?s for two Guitars or two Mandelins (May 2003, vol. XVII, no. 2)
Twenty Years of Solo Bach (May 2001, vol. XV, no. 2)
Telemann and the Mandolin (November 2000, vol. XIV, no. 4)
Sam Bush, 1969-1985: a partial discography (May 1992, vol. VI, no. 2)

Creative Commons License
This work by John Goodin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

See also Contratopia

Created on March 29, 2005: last updated October 7, 2018