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.
I have recently added a page to this site with information on the process of commissioning a new piece of music from me, Commissions.
New and Recent Publications
Telemann for Two Mandolins by John Goodin (published by Mel Bay, either print or ebook)(2019)
A Baroque Sampler for Octave Mandolin by John Goodin (published by Mel Bay, either print or ebook)(2019)
Spring Suite, May 2019 (for Octave Mandolin or Mandocello) by John Goodin. Sheet music available here. Recording also available at Bandcamp. (Oct. 2019)
Postcards From the Crater: Easy to Intermediate Divertimentos for solo Mandolin or Violin (digital-only CD release at Bandcamp, music book in standard notation: PDF copy $5, print copy $13, postpaid, available at this link)
Land of Living Skies, for mandolin orchestra (commissioned by the Regina Mandolin Orchestra in November 2018, completed in early 2019)
Winter Suite, February 2019 (for Octave Mandolin or Mandocello) by John Goodin. Sheet music available here. Recording also available at Bandcamp. (Feb. 2019)
Mandolin Tunes 2 Twenty-one tunes chosen from the 2017 tune-a-week project of my So Many Tunes blog. (Oct. 2018, available at CD Baby and Bandcamp)
It's All Goodin (Original Compositions for Mandolin Orchestra by John Goodin newly recorded by the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra.)(Oct. 2018, available at Bandcamp)
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)
Mandolin music and materials from the Public Domain
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)
Created on March 29, 2005: last updated November 25, 2019