Category Archives: Transcriptions

Transcriptions and tabs for some of my favourite pieces.

Good King Wenceslas … or is it?

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Level: Int/Adv     Tuning: Standard Tuning

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Good King Wenceslas always struck me as a bit odd when I was a kid. I liked the tune. But the lyrics seemed a bit different from other Christmas carols in that they didn’t seem to specifically reference Christmas itself.

“Away in a manger … “ , “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born king”, “O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. “. Those sort of carols are pretty obvious.

But “Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen …”? We didn’t even know what the Feast of Stephen was. For me, it always brought up an image of him watching people eating.

Interestingly, Good King Wenceslas was originally published in a collection of carols for Easter, not Christmas. It is only over time that it has become so closely associated with Christmas instead. Thank goodness the Feast of Stephen is on December 26, so there is at least a proximity connection.

Tempus adest floridum

Tempus adest floridum

But setting aside the original connection to Easter, for me there is a much greater issue I wrestle with when I have too much time on my hands.

The lyrics for Good King Wenceslas were written in the mid-19th-century. But the tune itself is taken from Tempus adept floridum, a 13th-century Finnish carol.

If I play an instrumental version of the song – ie. without the lyrics – am I really playing Good King Wenceslas? Or am I actually playing Tempus adept floridum?

This sort of existential angst always gives me a headache and provides an excellent excuse to reach for the eggnog and rum.

Happy holidays, everyone.

Transcriptions – Christmas

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The Slippery Slope

An original Bob Evans composition celebrating a slippin’ and a slidin’ on the fretboard.

Includes a transcription, 30 minute video lesson, and reference performance video.

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The Slippery Slope

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Christmas Time is Here

Vince Guraldi’s seasonal classic Christmas Time is Here arranged for solo guitar.

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Tuning: Open G

Level: Intermediate

Christmas Time is Here

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Maple Leaf Rag

Scott Joplin’s 1899 classic that put ragtime music at the forefront of popular music at the turn of the 20th century.

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Maple Leaf Rag

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Blackbird

An original instrumental arrangement for solo guitar of Paul McCartney’s classic, Blackbird.

Includes transcription, 30 minute instructional video with playing tips and a reference performance video.

From the album 4 On 6 – The Beatles for Solo Guitar”.

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Tuning: Drop D

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Blackbird

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

One of my favourite tunes for the Christmas season. The title says it all.

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Tuning: Standard (EADGBE)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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Dune

A moody piece suitable as a soundtrack to accompany images of camels on sand dunes in silhouette against a sunset.

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate

Dune

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Good King Wenceslas

Perhaps the most popular traditional Christmas carol that isn’t about Christmas.

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Tuning: standard

Level: Intermediate

Good King Wecenslas

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Hark! It’s Harold’s Angels – Oh Joy …

A tongue in cheek take on two iconic carols from the standard Christmas music catalogue.

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Tuning: Drop D

Level: Intermediate

Hark! It’s Harold’s Angels

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On the Tip of the Tongue

A song for my mom.

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Tuning: Open G (DGDGBD)

Level: Intermediate

On The Tip of the Tongue

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The Noodle Kitchen

A relentless bass line paired with a sparse legto melody line. Did someone say chocolate and peanut butter?

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate

The Noodle Kitchen

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Sensation – A Rag

A classical piano rag written by one of the Big Three composers of classical ragtime – Joseph Lamb. Arranged for the six string piano, of course.

Tuning: Standard (EADGBE)

Level: Intermediate

Sensation – A Rag

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Before Big Brother had the internet to keep track of you he had Santa Claus.

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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Silent Night

The ultimate guitar based Christmas carol.

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate

Silent Night

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Take 3

My imagining of how Christmas carols might have been played in Dave Brubeck’s home.

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Tuning: Standard

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Take 3

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Arthur McBride

A classic ballad of resisting press gangs.

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Tuning: Csus2 (CGCGCD)

Level: Intermediate


Lord Randal

One of the most popular of the traditional murder ballads.

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Tuning: Drop D

Level: Intermediate


The Noodle Kitchen

Transcription available

Level: Int/Adv     Tuning: Standard Tuning

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From the album
The Voice in the Grain

The Voice in the Grain

The Noodle Kitchen is an original composition that grew out of … well … some noodling on the guitar. I was playing around with a combination of a steady 8th note bass line – perhaps while goofing around with Every Breath You Take – and playing some sliding 5ths over top of it. It eventually evolved into this piece.