A Word About Free Mandolin Tabs


These free mandolin tabs are written out for you two ways, in standard musical notation, and also in a style of tab that I invented. Instead using numbers on the strings to represent the fret that you play, I put the name of the note.

This method does require you to learn the eight notes of the scale, and where to find them on your mandolin. 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 note you’re playing, instead of just the number.


Let’s say you’re playing a song that mainly stays on a D chord, like “Reuben’s Train.”  When you’re trying to play along with the song, or figure out the melody, you need to know the notes that make up a D chord. Those notes are D, F# and A. If you know where to find D, F# and A notes, you’ll have a much easier time figuring out the melody, or notes to accompany the song. If you only know the numbers, you’re paddling upstream without a paddle.

Bluegrass Mandolin for the Complete Ignoramus!If you need help getting started playing the mandolin, I do suggest you check out my books, Bluegrass Mandolin for the Complete Ignoramus!, and Easy 2-Chord Songs for Mandolin (just released!), which teach dozens of great songs, using both standard musical notation and my original tab.

Not convinced?

Then 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. How’s that?


Wayne Erbsen

3 thoughts on “A Word About Free Mandolin Tabs

  1. Wayne, what key is the music in your books. I usually play in the key of D as I play with a dulcimer group, am looking for music in D and G. Thanks, Marilyn

    I play guitar mostly, some mandolin and would love to learn to play the banjo.

    1. Hi Marilyn. The music in our books are in a variety of keys- many of the songs are in D and G, but you will also find songs in A, C, F (on the banjo) and in various modal keys. Please get in touch if you have more questions!

  2. Mr.Wayne Ebsen , I really found this book useful to play the mandolin. Are there any other such books you could recommend?

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