Tab Books by Joe Collins

Tab Books by Joe Collins

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All books are printed on high quality paper with ring binding that allows you to open the book without fear of it closing on you in the middle of a song.  The print is very readable, the book is well-indexed, the arrangements are well conceived, and accompaniment chords are included.  For a description click on the title below.

Round after Round with the Mountain Dulcimer

Irish Charms

Civil War Songs for the Mountain Dulcimer

Sacred Hymns of the Old Church

Dulcimer Basics: A Mountain Dulcimer Primer

Christmas with the Mountain Dulcimer: Revised and Expanded

Simply Celtic: Revised and Expanded

Simply Hymns (DAD, DAA and DGD Versions)

Around the World with the Mountain Dulcimer

If you would like to see an example of my tab, you can download two free tabs each month on this site.  Click here to see how.

Round after Round with the Dulcimer (2015) - a collection of rounds for the mountain dulcimer that includes a wide variety of styles. Sure to bring hours of fun for duets or ensembles. Even if you do not have playing partners, there is a free online source available. All of the songs are available online in extended recordings so you can play along or play in rounds along with the recording. For a complete listing of the songs, click on the picture of the book.

Book - $19   Companion CD is free online unless you want to buy the 2-CD set for $8 instead.

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Irish Charms (2015) is a Celtic collection of mostly Irish tunes arranged for the mountain dulcimer. 36 tunes all in DAd tuning or DAd with a capo include great songs like "Whiskey in the Jar," "The Galway Piper," "Gypsy Rover," "Carrickfergus," "The Last Rose of Summer," "Fanny Power," and a host of others. A companion CD is available for those who like to hear a song played just as it is written while they learn to play it. For a complete listing of the songs included, click on the picture of the book.

Book - $19; Companion CD- $6

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Civil War Songs for the Mountain Dulcimer (2011) is a collection of 30 memorable songs from one of the most significant episodes in American history.  In addition to easy-to-read tablature, the book includes complete lyrics and historical notes about the songs.  It is 74 pages long and also includes an enhanced CD which includes sound files for CD players or computers and supplemental tablature that can be printed by owners of the book.  The songs include Dixie, Battle Hymn of the Republic, All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight, Tenting on the Old Campground, Goober Peas, and a host of others.  For a complete listing of songs included, click on the picture of the book. 

Book (includes the enhanced CD) - $25

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Sacred Hymns of the Old Church (2008) is a great collection of 41 well-loved hymns.  It includes classics like Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me; I Surrender All; Steal Away; Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; Breath on Me, Breath of God; Have Thine Own Way, Lord; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus; Lord, I'm Coming Home: and a Host of others.  For a complete listing of songs included, click on the picture of the book.  A companion CD is available for this book for students who would also prefer to hear how the tab is played.

book - $19     companion CD - $6

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Dulcimer Basics:  A Mountain Dulcimer Primer.  (2006) Designed for beginners.  The first 2/3 of the book contain simple, recognizable songs appropriate for beginners.  The last 1/3 of the book contains the first eight lessons that a beginner needs to get started on the dulcimer.  Each lesson covers several skills and has exercises designed to help the beginner develop those skills.  A companion CD is also included with this substantial 78-page book.  For a complete listing of the contents click on the picture of the book.

book and CD - $25

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Christmas with the Mountain Dulcimer: Revised and Expanded.  (1999, 2005)  A collection of 38 Christmas tablatures, this book is intended for beginner through intermediate players.  It includes many favorites like O Come, All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; and I Wonder As I Wander.  However, it also includes some lesser known songs. This new edition features 10 new songs and several brand new arrangements from the previous edition.  For a complete listing of songs included, click on the picture of the book. 

book - $19

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Simply Celtic: Revised & Expanded Edition.  (2000, 2010) Simply Celtic is designed for the beginning through intermediate player.  The newly revised edition includes 41 great tabs of favorites like "Danny Boy," "Rosing the Beau," "Blue Bells of Scotland," and "Auld Lang Syne."  All of the tabs are in the popular DAd tuning.  For a complete listing of songs included, click on the picture of the book.  A companion CD is available for this book for students who would also prefer to hear how the tab is played.

 book - $19; companion CD - $6

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Simply Hymns.  (2002)  Simply Hymns is a collection of 32 hymns that include many of my personal favorites.  Most of these 42 pages of hymns can be played at a beginner level, noting only one string at a time.  One unique aspect of this book is that it comes in three different versions.  One is for the popular DAD tuning.  The other includes the same or very similar arrangements for the DGD tuning.  The newest addition is a version for the DAA tuning.  It's my hope that by becoming familiar with different tunings for the same songs, players will be able to discover the relationship between tunings and begin to discover which tuning works better in different circumstances.  Thus, they will become stronger players with more choices at their disposal.  For a complete listing of songs included, click on the picture of the book.  

DGD Version (book) - $16

DAD Version (book) - $16

DAA Version (book) - $16

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Around the World with the Mountain Dulcimer (2003).  This book started out as a repertoire workshop that I was teaching, but I enjoyed the international folksongs so much that I made a small book (13 songs- 20 pages).  It's neat to find tunes that fit on the dulcimer outside of the standards that a lot of people play.  There is a companion CD available with this book that plays through every song three times on the piano.  It's very simple; its purpose is only to let someone hear how the tune goes.  For a listing of the songs included click the graphic.

book - $6;  companion CD - $4

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