A Word About the Free Bluegrass Guitar Tabs

Flatpicking Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus! instruction book by Wayne Erbsen


These free bluegrass guitar tabs are written out in my unique tab system that I invented after teaching guitar for fifty years. Instead using numbers on the strings to represent the fret that you play, I put the name of the note that you play on the string.

This method does require you to learn the names of the eight notes of the scale, and where to find them on your guitar. This may seem like a “royal pain,” but trust me, this will give your music a BIG BOOST.  You absolutely need to know the name of the notes you are playing, instead of just the number.


Let’s say you want to play a G run, for example. As you probably already know, a G run ends on a G note. If you know where to find a G note, you can make up your own G run. If you don’t, you’ll be running to the internet every time you want to play not just a G run, but any run.

Not to try to sell you a book, or anything, but I do suggest you check out my recent book, Flatpicking Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus!, which teaches forty-one great bluegrass tunes, using my original tab.

You look skeptical.

OK. I’ll offer you this guarantee. If you try the book, and either don’t like it, or don’t get anything out of it, return it, and I’ll send you back your money. Just tell me how much you paid for it. Fair enough?



Wayne Erbsen

3 thoughts on “A Word About the Free Bluegrass Guitar Tabs

  1. I feel like I just found a pot of gold. I just ordered your mandolin and guitar for Ignoramus on Amazon.

    Now I’m interested in your songbooks (to use in my classroom and at home) and the banjo book for my brother for Christmas. You are like American music for strings incarnate!

    Thank you for keeping this all alive! I’m 42 and a high school history teacher and I have a guitar in my classroom. I’m trying to help, but it’s an uphill battle.

    I”m just assuming that when I actually get the books they will be as awesome as they seem online!

    Also, I’m really excited that you are going to help me learn the names of the notes! I need to get out of the tab flat picking rut!

    Seth Farmer
    Conant High School
    3 Conant Way
    Jaffrey, New Hampshire 03452

  2. This looks very interesting. Is there a downloadable and/or electronic version of the book? An alternative to needing a CD player?

    1. Hi, Kevin. Yes, we do have downloadable versions of all of our books, and all of our books coming with online audio! Here is where you can find all of our guitar books, and on each product page you’ll find the option to purchase a downloadable or physical book. The link to the audio is on the first page of the book. https://nativeground.com/guitar/

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