John Goodin

John Goodin was raised in southern Indiana and began playing the guitar shortly after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in February of 1964.  Ten years later he discovered the mandolin.  He has played in many bands and ensembles performing music in a variety of styles and was a founding member of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra in 1988.  Along with studying folk, jazz, bluegrass and pop music he has attended workshops offered by several of today’s finest classical mandolinists including, Keith Harris, Gertrude Weyhofen and Carlo Aonzo. He is a long time member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America and has made several presentations at CSMA conventions. In 2010 he was honored to be chosen as the CMSA Composer in Residence at the convention in Seattle.

As a composer Goodin has written several pieces for mandolin orchestra that have been recorded and performed by mandolin orchestras in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. He has published numerous books of his own music and maintains the Mandotopia website which offers free access to a large quantity of music for mandolin, including digital copies of collections from the Golden Era of mandolin and arrangements of music by Bach, Telemann, James Oswald and others. In 2011 Mel Bay Productions published his collection Telemann for Mandolin. Goodin also maintains the So Many Tunes blog which offers free pdf sheet music and home recordings of many of his original tunes

Goodin performs and records with the band Contratopia and with fiddler Erik Sessions. His latest CD of original music, recorded in August 2013, is titled Deer Tracks (for solo mandolin). In “real life” he is an Associate Professor on the faculty of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he has served as the Technical Services Librarian at Preus Library since 1994.leased a duo CD, Notes from the Farm.

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