Bass tablature scores for Christmas
This is my page with Christmas carols for bass guitar. I have arranged the melodies with both traditional notation and the corresponding tablature notes. You can download and print out the scores for free without any obligations!
Free bass tab (PDF)
- Angels We Have Heard On High - bass guitar (video)
- Deck The Halls - bgtr (video)
- Ding Dong Merrily On High - bgtr
- Jingle Bells - bgtr
- Jolly Old St. Nicholas - bgtr (video)
- Joy To The World - bgtr
- O Christmas Tree - bgtr
- O Holy Night - bgtr
- Silent Night - bgtr (video)
24 Melodies Arranged for 4-String Electric Bass with tablature. 48 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. This book for electric bass features 24 holiday classics including Carol of the Bells, Deck the Hall, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, O Christmas Tree, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, Up on the Housetop, We Three Kings of Orient Are, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and more. Read more...
"I purchased this book for my church band. I've been playing the bass for about 3 years now, and now I can have some solo's in my church band. It's great fun and it gave us a chance to do something different this holiday season. It reads easy and has all the words to all of the verses. I would say this is a great buy and a good teaching tool or a fun review. Good fun and great practice!" (Customer review)
The Top 5 Myths About Playing Bass Guitar
By Chris Pritchard
Myth 1 - Playing Bass Guitar is Boring
Although it is the guitar players who seem to get all of the fame and glory, a lot of guitarists are all show and no substance. The bass player is one of the most important members of a band. Without the bass player the music will lack drive. Most people may think that it is the drummer drives the song. While it is true that the drummer creates the beat, it is the bass player who drives the music forward. It is the bass player who gets people up to dance. Playing bass is far from boring. It is exciting and will give you a great feeling when you see people dancing and enjoying themselves.
Myth 2 - No Talent Required
Some of the most talented musicians in the last 50 years or so were bass players. Not many people would think that Paul McCartney or Sting had no talent. How about John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) or perhaps John Entwistle (The Who) or Mark King (Level 42). Those are just a few players who had talent in spades. Yes, it is true that the bass guitar is an easy instrument to begin on and there are songs that only require playing one or two notes, but playing bass guitar well takes considerable talent, determination and hard work. Try playing the bass line from Hysteria (Muse) or Roundabout (Yes). Try just about anything by Jaco Pastorius or Stanley Clarke. No talent required? I think not!
Myth 3 - Nobody Listens to the Bass Player
Listen to John Deacon playing Another One Bites the Dust (Queen) or Roger Waters on Money (Pink Floyd). How about Bernard Edwards on Good Times (Chic) or Norman Watt Roy playing Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Ian Dury and the Blockheads). What would any of those songs be without the bass part? There are many, many songs that revolve around the bass line. People do listen to the bass player, they just may not be aware of it.
Myth 4 - There is No Demand for Bass Players
Many people who learn a stringed instrument go for the guitar because they believe that they will become the next famous rock star. Consequently, there are millions of guitar players out there. There is, however, a real shortage of good solid bass players. Musicians know the how important a good bass player is to their music. Learn what makes a good bass player. Learn your craft well and you will always be in demand.
Myth 5 - You Need Lots of Big Heavy Equipment
Yes, that used to be the case, but modern bass equipment is much lighter and more compact than it used to be. You can now get a 500 watt bass amplifier these days that you can hold in one hand. Speaker cabinets are also much smaller and lighter these days. Since the introduction of lightweight neodymium speakers, there are lots of great sounding speaker cabinets bass cabinets that can also be carried with one hand.
These are just a few of the myths about bass players. If you have a desire to play the bass guitar, don't listen to the negative comments, just do it! Follow that desire and discover for yourself how satisfying playing bass guitar can be.
I have been playing bass guitar for over 30 years. Come and visit my bass guitar blog and find lots of reasons why you should play bass guitar and get lots of great tips about bass guitars.