Welcome to the "Tabs" section (tabs defined below). The Master Song/Tab List includes a listing of all Song Lessons and Tabs available. Found below are some quick tips and information for using our Songs & Tabs section.
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"Tabs" (or Tablature) defined- Tabs are a simplified way to notate harmonica solos, harmonica parts, melodies and songs, without having to formally read music. In contrast to the Song Lessons section, the Tabs section uses a "text tab" style of notation for ease of tab creation by staff and members. Below is an example of our text tab system for 10-hole diatonic harmonica. It is explained in greater detail when necessary on the specific tabs pages. Chromatic harmonica tab is explained on the Chromatic Harmonica: Songs/Scales page.
The 10-hole diatonic "text tab" system.
Master Song/Tab List page- See a complete list of all songs available in the Tabs & Song Lessons sections. There are separate lists for diatonic and chromatic harmonica. Click here for the Master Song/Tab List page.
Tab Categories- Use the general categories to find the song or tab of your choice and style. A few songs may be listed in more than one category. Click here for the Tab Categories page.
Solos/Riff Tabs page- The "Solos/Riff Tabs" sections contain specific harmonica solos, harmonica parts and riffs off records from rock/pop, blues, country music, and more. Here is where you'd find the harmonica part for a Neil Young or John Popper solo. Click here for the Solos/Riff Tabs page.
3rd Party Tab and Song Books available- If you are looking for specific tabs or song notation that isn't present at HarmonicaLessons.com, you're welcome to visit our Store's Song & Tab Books page to view a list of Tab books available for numerous harmonica players. Included are: Bob Dylan (harmonica solos and song book both available), Little Walter, Sonny Terry, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, and more.
Timing for the Tabs is not included- You will note that the timing is not included in the tablature. If you don't know the harmonica part or melody well, you will find it difficult to play correctly. The more famous rock and pop harmonica parts have a link to buy the original CD to listen to.
You should know how the part or song sounds, including the timing, before attempting to play it if you want it to sound like the original. If you prefer the complete music for piano with chords and timing included, you can visit our Store for song, tab, and "fake" books that include numerous artists and styles of music.
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