This old country folk tune was composed before the U. S. civil war and has maintained its popularity admirably. Cotton Eyed Joe was heard in the film, Urban Cowboy in 1980, which boosted its popularity. The Moody Brothers and The Chieftains had very successful recordings of the song. Many people today know the song from The Rednex version. The Rednex are a Swedish band which recorded the song with a techno-style beat that revitalized the tune and brought it to a worldwide audience.
Learn how to play the notes of "Cotton Eyed Joe Viola" on viola for free using our animated scrolling tablature for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 2 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.