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BeatTab Harmonica

Campfire Oldies and More

All you need at a campfire except for the hotdogs and marshmallows. Or to relax and stroll down memory lane.

An array of over 50 tunes in the four categories of: Campfire, Cowboys, Golden Oldies and Holiday Favorites. Great for when December rolls around and you want to entertain your company.

And like all the books in this series, some easy music theory is painlessly injected into the mix. 

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Campfire (14):

Banana Boat Song (Day-O)

Bottle of Wine . . . . . .

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

Cowboys (13):

Billy Boy

Buffalo Girls . . . . . .

Sweet Betsy from Pike

Golden Oldies (9):

Bye, Bye Blackbird

Camptown Races . . . . . .

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Holiday Favorites (16):

Auld Lang Syne

Deck the Halls . . . . . .

Winter Wonderland

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Fun for the Very Young

Here is a big collection of almost 50 favorites that children love to hear and sing. If it can be played easily on the harmonica — it's probably here. And now they are all transcribed for easy rhythm without needing to learn Standard Music symbols. At last!

Learn to play better, and at the same time entertain your children or grandchildren. Although these tunes are generally more basic, there are plenty of suggested variants that can challenge even the more seasoned players.

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Children's Songs (47):

A-Tisket, A-Tasket 



Ants Go Marching  . . .   . . .

Farmer in the Dell 

Five Green and Speckled Frogs 

Frère Jacques 

Going to the Zoo  . . .   . . .

Mary Had a Little Lamb 

Michael Row the Boat Ashore 

More We Get Together 

Morningtown Ride  . . .   . . .

Three Blind Mice 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 

Wheels on the Bus 

You Sing a Song & I'll Sing a Song 

BeatTab Harmonica Blues

A broad and eclectic group of about 25 great blues (mostly) pieces, that are fun to play while demonstrating the value of notated detail — particularly for that of rhythm.

Note that in general, most of these pieces are contemporary ones, done by players that you can still reach out and touch. You do not always have to go back fifty years to hear good blues music. And YouTube and similar has allowed everyone to enjoy what they have given us. But consider buying some of their CD's or attending their workshops and webinars for great instruction. There is a lot of help out there for improving our playing. Help to support these artists.

Detailed instruction and tablature is included for easy to intermediate pieces. Although this book has been written more toward seasoned players, newer players can easily benefit from its clarity that enables newer players to advance much faster than most blues books allow.

Blues has unique elements of rhythm, without which, the blues is just not the blues. BeatTab easily captures most nuances that are normally difficult-to-impossible to transcribe concisely with precision. Be prepared to be surprised as to the help that this book can provide for learning. A very unique book! 

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The Blues

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Blues Tabs:

BUFFALO, Norton — Runaway (del Shannon / Bonnie Raitt)

CHARLES, Ray — I Can't Stop Loving You (Don Gibson)

EVERETT, Bruce — Hillcrest Mine (James Keelaghan)

GREY OWL — California Dreamin' (John Phillips)

GUSSOW, Adam — Comping - Shake Rattle & Roll (Calhoun)

GUSSOW, Adam — Crossroads Blues (Robert Johnson)

GUSSOW, Adam — Deadly Blues Harp Rhythm

KOLESNICHENKO, Konstantin — The Deb (Dave Therault)

PACLIN, Alex — Harmonica Improvisation #1 Arpeggios

PLATT, Roly — Put It Where You Want It (Joe Sample)

PLATT, Roly — Sexy Ways (Wayne Buttery)

PLOTNIKOV, Boris — Boris' Blues

PLOTNIKOV, Boris — Hip Hop Harmonica Jam

PLOTNIKOV, Boris — Sunny (Bobby Hebb)

RICCI, Jason — Basic 3rd Pos Octaves

SAYLES, Charlie — Mississippi Saxophone

SENOH, Ryuichiro — Digging My Potato (Cowboy Bebop)

SFAIR, Indiara — Improvisation in Cm

SHELLIST, Ronnie — Selected Blues Riffs

STEVENS, Mike — Devil's Bride (Matt Anderson)

THURSTON, Scott — Mary Jane's Last Dance (Tom Petty)

LECKIE, Tomlin — Georgia on My Mind (Ray Charles)

LECKIE, Tomlin — Easy 12 Bar Blues Harmonica Lesson

LECKIE, Tomlin — Tomlin's Frustration Lick on C Harmonica

ZAJAC, Andrew — Lose Your Money (Terry, McClinton, Pickett)

BeatTab Harmonica

Blues Riffs of Ronnie Shellist

Learn to improvise via The Complete Blues Riffs Flashdrive (sold separately) through his website. Detailed instructions are included from Ronnie and transcribed here for beginning and intermediate riffs including 1st, 2nd and 3rd position blues.

Tons of riffs (roughly 150) will keep you busy forever. And now you can practice the more difficult rhythms — even when you are without the audio.

Ronnie's knows how to teach improvising. And now you can have well-notated and detailed instructions to assist in your journey.

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The Blues

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 Core Licks:

Beginning Blues Licks

5 Chord Blues Licks / Turnarounds

Ending Blues Licks

More Advanced Licks:

3rd Position Blues Licks

Intermediate Blues Licks

1st Position Blues Licks

Additional Resource Licks:

Bent Blues Licks

Call & Response Licks

Draw Licks Download

Fast Blues Licks

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Love, Folk & More

Although there are plenty of tabs here (about 40 well-known Love songs plus over 50 favourites in the Folk and other genres), this is about "LEARN by DOING" — perhaps the only successful way tor learn music well. Use those ears. Learn properly.

You will not be spoon feed by simply having full tabs. Transcriptions are accurate, however they are purposefully not complete.

Take the challenge to finish these pieces and you will be guaranteed to play better as well as to be able to transcribe somewhat — an excellent method to build valuable skills.

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Love Songs (37):

5 Days in May 

All My Loving 

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Dance Me to the End of Love . . .

I Walk the Line 

. . .

Log Driver's Waltz 

Love is a Rose 

. . . 

Scarborough Fair

Time in a Bottle  

. . .

Folk Songs & More (54):

Blowin' In The Wind

Born Free 

. . .

New River Train 

Nowhere Man

 . . .

Those Were the Days My Friend


BeatTab Harmonica

Campfire, Oldies, Youth and More

The complete contents of both:

BeatTab Harmonica Campfire, Oldies & More + BeatTab Harmonica Fun for the Very Young.

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BeatTab Harmonica

Blues Songs & Riffs

The complete contents of both:

BeatTab Harmonica Blues + BeatTab Harmonica Blues Riffs of Ronnie Shellist.

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2020 Music Notation

(Not part of the series but ...)

Although NOT in the BeatTab series, two chapters of 2020 Music Notation cover important (advanced) features and theory of the rhythm notation employed within BeatTab.

BeatTab Harmonica Notation is derived from the more general 2020 Music Notation. The BeatTab series utilizes the more common aspects of contextual rhythm, however if the player wishes to understand (and use) its more theoretical points, they are recommended to obtain 2020 Music Notation for same.

Harmonica notation is significantly different from that used for other instruments because of its diatonic nature, which lends itself to number tablature. As well, there are many somewhat arcane techniques that are very particular to the harmonica.

For a preview of the actual notation, go to:

2020 Music Notation website

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2020 Table of Contents:




1. Roadmap

2. Criteria

Part B  VERSE 

3. General 

4. Pitch  

5. Rhythm 

6. BeatTab Harmonica Notation

Part C  OUTRO 

7. Symbol & Modifier Comparisons 

8. Evaluations  

9. Recommendations 


A  Standard Music Notation Summary 

B  ABC Music Notation Summary 

C  2020 Music Notation Summary 

D  BeatTab Notation Summary 

E  Four Examples