Harmonica and Guitar Tabs and Resources

This web site contains my collection of tab sheets and resources for harmonica and guitar. I do this for fun, to improve my own knowledge, and as a service to other amateur musicans interested in these styles of music. You may not sell or otherwise profit from these tabs, but otherwise are free to distribute them in their original form as copies or as computer files. If you have comments or questions, please email me at snyder@bu.edu. All tabs are in pdf format.

First, here are some fun ring tones for your iPhone:

These are files with the extension .m4r and if you download them and then double-click on them, iTunes should add them to your ringtone library and then you can drag them to your iPhone ringtone library the next time you synch it. Enjoy!

Next, here are some PDFs of useful blank tablature and music sheets:

Harmonica Tabs

Song Title Song Author Performers Album/Collection/Version Harp and Key (diatonic unless indicated otherwise) Notes
Blues for Big Nate Jerry Portnoy Jerry Portnoy and the Legendary Blues Band Red, Hot, & Blue A Harp; Key of E Nice slow tune to practice your vibrato
Caladonia   Muddy Waters   C Harp; Key of G Mostly backup riffs
Cut You Loose Gary Smith Gary Smith Blues for Mr. B A Harp; Key of E In standard music notation (before I started to use tab)
Driving My Life Away William Clarke William Clarke Serious Intentions D Harp; Key of A Harp breaks plus vocal line
Easy Walter Horton Adam Gussow & Charlie Hilbert Adam and Charlie Compilation A Harp; Key of E Beautiful extended instrumental on this classic tune
Getting Out of Town Rick Estrin Rick Estrin Harmonica Blowout Key of G; Harp is LOW C Classic chugging on a low harp
Going Down to Main Street Muddy Waters Paul Butterfields, Muddy Waters Woodstock Album Bb Harp; Key of F Fast triplet runs make this tune.
Gussow: Lesson 000   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 001.A   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 001.B   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 006   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 007   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 008   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 009   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 010 ("Not a Shuffle Blues")   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 011   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 017   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 024 ("Front Porch Blues")   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 026   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 032   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 037 ("Hoochie-Coochie Shuffle")   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 049   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 058   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Gussow: Lesson 070   Adam Gussow YouTube    
Life WIll Be Better Sugar Ray Norcia Sugar Ray Norcia Superharps Bb Harp; Key of F Tab for harp, standard music notation for vocal line
Little Bitty Pretty One/Rockin' Robin   Rod P:iazza Harpburn    
One Step at a Time Johnny Winter Pat Ramsey Live at the Grand D Harp; Key of A Intro and two choruses of harp
One Step at a Time Johnny Winter Johnny Winter/ Pat Ramsey White, Hot, and Blue D Harp; Key of A Two solos on harp by Ramsey
Orange Blossom Special Ervin T. Rouse Charlie McCoy Inspiration -- 22 Great Harmonica Performances F & Bb Harps; Key of C Classic country harp
The Work Song Cannonball Adderly William Clarke Serious Intentions C Chromatic Harp; Key of D In standard music notation
Thunky Fing Adam Gussow Adam Gussow Mother Mojo, YouTube, etc....    
Walk On Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee Po' Boys Bb Harp; Key of F  
Why Are People Like That? Muddy Waters Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield Woodstock Album D Harp; Key of A  
You Don't Have to Go Jimmy Reed Adam Gussow Adam and Charlie Compilation A Harp; Key of E Tasty fills and two choruses of harp, one of my favorites!
You Don't Have to Go Jimmy Reed James Cotton with Muddy Waters The Chess Box (disk 3, track 8) Bb Harp; Key of F  

 

Harmonica Resources

In this section I collect together online resources, including web pages and academic research on subjects related to the diatonic harmonica, again, for my own interest and for others.

Useful Web Sites

Harmonica Masterclass Artist Listing: This is a wonderful resource, a long list of harp tunes with keys and harps used, appears to be very accurate!

Throat Vibrato: Best short explanation of TV I have read; also take a look at Adam's advice in Lesson 004.

Overblow.com: Best source for all things overblown.

You Missed Monday: Web page devoted to notes and tabs from Joe Filisko's Monday night classes, contains summaries of discussions and tab sheets

Scientific Papers

Acoustical and physical dynamics of the diatonic harmonica, by Bahnson, Antaki, and Beery

Variation of frequency with blowing pressure for an air-driven free reed, by Cottingham, Reed, and Busha

Pitch Control in Harmonica Playing, by Johnson

Theoretical and experimental investigation of the air-driven free reed, by Cottingham

The motion of air-driven free reeds, by Cottingham, Lilly, and Reed

 

Guitar Tabs

These are tabs created by Guitar Pro and then put in PDF format; I can provide you with the gp5 files if you want them. These are most fingerstyle guitar, with a few flatpicking bluegrass and miscellaneous other styles mixed in.

Song Title Song Author Performer(s) Album/Collection/Version Notes
Alices's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant  
Avalon   Chet Atkins    
Blue Finger Chet Atkins Chet Atkins Chet Atkins -- Alone  
Blues For Tampa Red Tampa Red Paul Rishell Lesson  
Deep River Blues Traditional Doc Watson    
Doc's Guitar Doc Watson Doc Watson    
The Fisherman Leo Kottke Leo Kottke My Feet Are Smiling  
Frog Legs Rag Jelly Roll Morton Guy Van Duser    
Great Dream From Heaven Traditional, arr. by Joseph Spence Ry Cooder Into the Purple Valley  
Guitar Boogie Shuffle   Guy Van Duser    
Little Martha Duane Allman Duane Allman Eat a Peach  
Living in the Country Traditional, arr. by Pete Seeger, arr. by Leo Kottke Leo Kottke My Feel Are Smiling  
Rampart Street Larry Johnson Larry Johnson Fast and Funky  
Red and White Leo Kottke Leo Kottke    
Saturday Night Shuffle Merle Travis Merle Travis    
Stealing Leo Kottke Leo Kottke My Feet Are Smiling  
The Watkins Man   Chet Atkins Chet Atkins -- Alone  
Walkin' the Strings Merle Travis Merle Travis    
Here is the directory for the GP5 files: GP5 .