New music for Christmas (and some old music too!)

Hi all, it’s that time of year again already! Hope you’re all well and least slightly prepared?

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that every year I record a solo bass arrangement of a Christmas song and then transcribe it  for my mailing list. Well, this year is no exception. This year’s victim is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” in a slightly jazzy arrangement. You can download the track for whatever price you desire (including for free) here:

It’s played on my 4 string Squier Vintage Modified Jazz and ( for those who like to know such things) is one track of bass which is then split into 4 tracks of audio – the basic DI’d track, two tracks with reverb which are high pass filtered and panned hard left and right, and a fourth track with all the high end rolled off which was run through the Ampeg B15 simulation in IK Multimedia’s excellent Ampeg SVX plug in.

The  sheet music, complete with tab, will be sent out to my mailing list just before Christmas so if you fancy a copy and aren’t already on the list, feel free to sign up at

A little while after recording God Rest Ye, I decided to have a go at recording a second, and somewhat sillier, arrangement that I’d been messing about with and here it is:

I had far too much fun doing the artwork in Paint but it doesn’t show on the player, so here it is in all it’s glory:

This one is played on my Cort Curbow 6 string with a capo at the 7th fret and again features a single track which is split up and processed. On this one there are actually 5 tracks – the central DI and two panned reverb/high pass filter tracks as before, plus a fairly quiet track of slapback echo and a high reverb, and final track which is run through a Marshall guitar amp simulation in Amplitube’s Jimi Hendrix plug in.

So, that’s all the new music so what’s the old music I mentioned in the title? Well there are two things, firstly the last couple of year’s Christmas tunes are still available on Bandcamp:

And secondly, my original PDF collection of Christmas tunes arranged for solo bass is still proving popular over at . Ten Christmas classics arranged for solo bass with tab plus a second PDF of just the melodies and two mini lessons which cover harmonics and two handed tapping to help you play the arrangements for just £3 ! NB There may be a slight delay in emailing them to you when you order as I’m still doing it all manually so have to be home to send it, but they get sent ASAP.

Finally, let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support.

Take care,



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