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Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas”
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Bass Transcription: Dee Murray’s Bass Line on Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas”

Dee Murray is a giant of the bass guitar many people do not rate as being among the best of all time, but I certainly do. His playing on the holiday single “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John is nothing short of impressive as he finds many inventive ways to make very simple chord changes sound exciting and new. After...

Berklee Bass Department: Little Drummer Boy
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Berklee Bass Department: Little Drummer Boy

One of our favorite holiday traditions is getting a holiday video from Steve Bailey and the Berklee Bass Department. This year, Steve, and fellow Berklee bass faculty Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, James Genus and Lincoln Goines put together this terrific arrangement of “Little Drummer Boy”. The bassists dedicate this year’s video to the late Victor Bailey. They’ve also announced Victor...

Marcelo Yakko: Jingle Bass
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Marcelo Yakko: Jingle Bass

Marcelo Yakko is a great guy (and a terrific bass player too). He shared this video with us, saying “A Christmas song to send good wishes and positive energy.” You know the tune, and Marcelo’s energy is infectious on this arrangement for two basses. Be sure to check out the outtakes at the end.

Karl Clews: This Christmas
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Karl Clews: This Christmas

Karl Clews took Donny Hathaway’s Christmas classic “This Christmas” and arranged it for solo bass. Happy holidays everyone!

Carl Mörner Ringström Trio: Silent Night
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Carl Mörner Ringström Trio: Silent Night

Here’s a version of “Silent Night” like you’ve never heard before. Guitarist Carl Mörner Ringström teamed up with bassist Johannes Zetterberg and drummer Jonathan Lundberg to make this intense yet relaxed version of the carol. Zetterberg lays down the groove on a beautiful six-string fretless before taking the lead at the 1:38 mark. The track is available as a free...

Tony Grey: Carol of the Bells
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Tony Grey: Carol of the Bells

We’re getting into the holiday spirit with some bass videos, including this new arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” by Tony Grey. The bassist creates an ambient soundscape with the song’s lulling melody before taking a beautiful solo over top. Light the tree, sit back and enjoy. Grey is offering the track as a free download on his website.

Anthony Wellington: Christmas Medley Bass Loop Jam
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Anthony Wellington: Christmas Medley Bass Loop Jam

Here’s another great Christmas medley the way we like it… all on the bass. This is Anthony Wellington, looping some funky beats together for the holidays.

Kent Beatty: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas for Solo Bass
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Kent Beatty: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas for Solo Bass

Kent Beatty recorded this solo bass arrangement of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” back in 2008, and it is still awesome. Skip to around the 0:45 mark if you want to get right to the music. Merry Christmas all!

Christmas Funk
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Christmas Funk

Davie504 posted this video he dubs “Christmas Funk”, featuring his own unique three-bass arrangement of “Jingle Bells”. Happy holidays!

Gothenburg Bass Quartet: O, Tannenbaum
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Gothenburg Bass Quartet: O, Tannenbaum

Here’s a warming rendition of “O, Tannenbaum,” performed by the Gothenburg Bass Quartet. (Beware, the group also doubles as the Gothenburg Kazoo Quartet!) The four members play in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree… no, wait. That’s a bass flight trunk. Charles DeRamus shows the decorating of the trunk, saying it took “11 hours, which is a new Swedish...