John Goodin's Mandotopia Site


While the mandolin is my main instrument in Contratopia my fascination with the instrument (some say "mania") extends far beyond its use in the band. This page contains links to a variety of other mandolin-related projects that I have either completed or have in progress.

Original compositions

Compositions for mandolin orchestra or other mandolin ensembles (updated on April 3, 2016)
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)(Mandolin tab and Guitar tab editions added in July 2015)
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

This music 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.

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 April 3, 2016