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Joel Mabus Music On Paper

Book, Lead Sheets, Guitar Arrangements, Banjo TAB & More

An ongoing project... most recently updated June 21, 2020
I'm writing out more stuff all the time, so I guarantee the lists below are in-complete, if you are hoping I have something written out, but don't see it here, please ask. send me an email

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My Book Parlor Guitar, published in 2006 by Hal Leonard, Inc

About My Sheet Music - How I make it and the different kinds I have
Ordering My Sheet Music directly from me with payment options

Lead Sheets  list (melody w/chords and lyrics) for several of my original songs
Guitar Arrangements list (instrumentals I have recorded in standard notation & TAB)
Fiddle Tunes list (originals I have written for square or contra dance)
Banjo Tab list (tunes I have recorded written out in clawhammer TAB)



MY BOOK The only bound book of mine, to date:  Parlor Guitar, was published by Hal Leonard -- a world wide publishing firm -- in 2006. This book has detailed note-for-note transcriptions (music & tab) of ten songs from the Parlor Guitar CD.  The book also has a CD included of those 10 cuts from the original album.
To be clear: the CD included with the book is not the complete Parlor Guitar CD, but just the ten cuts transcribed --
click here for more about this book and ordering info



With the help of a professional music scoring program (Finale) I have available some of my songs in lead sheet format (that means a melody staff, chords above and lyrics below) -- and transcriptions of several of my guitar instrumentals in full arrangements (two staves with music notation on top and the tablature version underneath).  I also have most of my original fiddle tunes in treble clef notation with chords. And I have begun to add some banjo tunes in TAB notation. Check back for new additions. If you don't see the song or tune you are looking for, contact me  and ask if it might be available

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The guitar arrangements I offer here in sheet music in most cases are not note-by-note transcriptions of the recorded work. (unless the title says "transcription")  That IS the case of the Parlor Guitar BOOK (above), but these others I offer are a "how-I-play-this-tune" arrangements which are VERY similar to how they sound on the cd, but are basically once through the tune, and don't include the variations I do with each pass, or the intro's or the interludes between songs that might occur in medleys. But each is a good solid arrangement and each represents my ideal when I sit down to play my versions of these songs.

[click here to see a sample of a guitar arrangement] 
[click here to see a sample of banjo tab]



Pricing and ordering

All my sheet music is printed on 8.5x11 paper on one side. Or a PDF of the same, which are the emailed versions. After much contemplation about fair compensation, I have come up with the following price: 

ONE DOLLAR PER PAGE -- but two different ways to get it:


The One Dollar per page PLUS a printing/handling/shipping fee of $6 per order
printed on one side of quality paper and mailed unfolded, flat in a manila envelope, first class mail.

If I can stick folded  pages in with another order, I can waive the $6 shipping fee. For example, if you are ordering CDs, and don't mind your pages folded, I can  include them in your cd package for just that $1 per page.  Similarly, if you are ordering my Parlor Guitar book your printed pages can be mailed with it (but not folded) at the $1 per page price, but with no additional $6 shipping fee.


The One Dollar per page, BUT no printing/handling/shipping charge applied.
(Your best bet, as you save mailing time & postage fee, 
plus you can print new copies whenever "the dog eats your homework.")

I will send you the songs in PDF format as attachments to an email: each song in its own virus-free file. This eliminates the printing and shipping fee. You will need a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or something similar) to open and print the music -- most devices have a PDF reader. Just the One Dollar per page would apply, but I ask for a $10 minimum unless you pay by a check which you would send me first

3  PAYMENT OPTIONS:  Pick one of three ways to pay: 

BY MAIL & CHECK:  give me a mailing address and tell me specifically which songs you want, with a check made out to JOEL MABUS.  If the math seems too daunting, email me with the list of songs you want and I will send you a price quote. There is no minimum required, paid by check. Send your order by mail to:

PO BOX 306

BY SQUARE UP INVOICE:  First, send me an email with the list of pieces you would like to order  
                                            (just click on this email link)
I'll add it all up, and send you back a price quote by email.  There will be a $10 minimum charge. If you agree to the price, tell me that, and you will soon receive an email from:
          Joel Mabus Fossil Records <invoicing@messaging.squareup.com>
Which will contain an invoice for your total due. Click "Pay Invoice" and it takes you to an easy form at "Square Up" -- it's very easy and quick, and 100% secure. Soon as you pay, I will email the sheet music PDFs. 
If you ever bought something by swiping your credit card on  someone's smart phone, SquareUp.com is likely the company you've used -- I've sold many CDs at gigs that way. They've been around for years and are very trustworthy. I will never see your CC info, and they put the money in my bank account the next day (less their small fee).

BY PAYPAL: If you are already registered at PayPal (as many are) and would rather send funds that way, it is easy to do.  First, let's email each other to agree on the order and the final price ($10 minimum) then pay me the full amount at PayPal. Make Paypal funds payable to: joel.mabus@pobox.com
Soon as you pay, I will email the sheet music PDFs.


Here is what is available, sorted by subject:

UPDATE: I have much more sheet music available than I can list here 
If you don't see the song or tune of mine you are looking for,
contact me  and ask if it might be available

These lead sheets are composed on professional Finale software, & have music written for voice in the treble clef, with lyrics underneath, and chord names above. The style is basically like a typical songbook would have them, but it's not in "how-to-play-this-on-guitar" instruction book style.

(If you don't see the song or tune you are looking for,
contact me  and ask if it might be available. I can also you send a sample of a lead sheet)

A Better Voice                    2 pages = $2.00

Alice & Ralph                      2 pages = $2.00

The Druggist                        4 pages = $4.00

Christmas Bells                    1 page = $1.00

The Druggist                        4 pages = $4.00

Five Kinds of Snow              4 pages = $4.00

Hemingway's Beard               3 pages = $3.00

Hillbilly Singer                      2 pages = $2.00

Honeysuckle Moon                1 page = $1.00  

Hopelessly Midwestern          2 pages = $2.00

How About The Blues            2 pages = $2.00

Let's Do Christmas Right         3 pages = $3.00

Love Is a Song                       1 page = $1.00

Sea of Dreams                      1 page = $1.00

Shine                                   4 pages = $4.00

Simply Lost In The Blues         2 pages = $2.00

Two Cents Plain                    2 pages = $2.00

Touch A Name on the Wall     2 pages = $2.00

Welcome Back To The Blues   2 pages = $2.00

[click here for ordering instructions]

These guitar arrangements have two staves: The top staff is music for fingerstyle guitar in 
treble clef, two voices (thumb & finger) just the way I play the piece, but not necessarily a not for note transcription of the record.  The BOTTOM staff is the same music, but written (correctly) in tablature.

I have used these arrangements in lessons with my guitar students. Here is an sample example  

If you don't see the song or tune you are looking for,
contact me  and ask if it might be available

songs from How Like The Holly:

Rorate Ceoli Desuper                    1 page = $1.00

Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen            1 page = $1.00
(Lo, how a rose)

How Vain the Cruel Herod's Fear    1 page = $1.00

One Horse Open Sleigh
(Jingle Bells in rag style)                3 pages = $3.00

Holiday Tunes from A Parlor Guitar Christmas:

Toyland    (transcription)                      4 pages = $4.00

In The Bleak Midwinter (transcription)   4 pages = $4.00

Up on the Housetop   (transcription)      3 pages = $3.00

Il est ne le divin Enfant (transcription)     4 pages = $4.00

tunes from Thumb Thump:

The Creeper                        3 pages = $3.00

Red Dog Rag                        7 pages = $7.00

Struttin' To Tootsie's            6 pages = $6.00

[click here for ordering instructions]

tunes from Parlor Guitar -- songs that are not in the book:

After You've Gone                     1 page = $1.00

Annie Laurie                             2 pages = $2.00

Aura Lee                                  1 page = $1.00

Avalon                                     3 pages = $3.00

Endearing Young Charms            2 pages = $2.00

Santa Lucia                               1 page = $1.00

I'm Just Wild About Harry           1 page = $1.00

You Made Me Love You               2 pages = $2.00


tunes from Western Passage:

Guadalupe (Healing River)           5 pages = $5.00

[click here for ordering instructions]

If you don't see the song or tune you are looking for,
contact me  and ask if it might be available


BANJO TUNES IN TAB (clawhammer)
If you don't see the song or tune you are looking for,
contact me  and ask if it might be available. I have many more.
   Here is a sample of my TAB style

The Dragonfly  (original)                       1 page = $1.00

Firelake    (original)                             3 pages = $3.00

Granny, Will Your Dog Bite?             1 page = $1.00

The Last of June   (original)                  1 page = $1.00

Old Mother Flanagan                        1 page = $1.00

Paddy on the Railroad                     1 page = $1.00

The Reel with the Beryl                  1 page = $1.00

The Straits of Mackinac  (original)          2 pages = $2.00

Sugar Bush Square Dance  (original)        1 page = $1.00

Thom Paine's Dream  (original)               3 pages = $3.00

Whistling Rufus                                2 pages = $2.00

[click here for ordering instructions]



FIDDLE TUNES originals in standard notation (ALL ONE PAGE EACH = ONE DOLLAR EACH)
        (ask me about bulk rates for the fiddle tunes)

The Black Frog
The Blue Jig (from Top Drawer String Band CD)
Doubleday's Slides  (from Fairies & Fools LP)
Farewell to Cohen
Four Small Potatoes
The Frosty Fog  (from Fairies & Fools LP)
The Green Mouse
The House to Myself  (from Fortunes CD)
Kitten In the Sink
The Lasses of Janiveer (from Top Drawer String Band CD)
Light Beneath the Bushel #1  (from Fairies & Fools LP)
Light Beneath the Bushel #2   (from Fairies & Fools LP)
A Midsummer Night's Waltz  (from Short Stories CD)
New French
Prof. Wilkinson's Jig
The Tedious Bee
Top Note Jig
Young Doctor Levine

[click here for ordering instructions]

If you don't see the song or tune you are looking for,
contact me  and ask if it might be available


updated: August 16, 2020

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