Topic: Inspiration
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12 Bass Songs For The Holidays

Posted by StringOvation Team on Dec 11, 2018

The holiday season is here, and everyone has to do their part. As a bassist, it’s your joy to remind everyone how awesome the bass is. So whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced musician, here’s a list of holiday songs you can quickly master. Pick a few of them and make your holiday get-togethers a little bit cooler.

O Holy Night

This is a slow tempo solo arrangement, which is perfect for the beginner bass musician. The price is $3.99 for unlimited prints or add $2 to get the sheet music immediately as a pdf file. 


Technically, technically, this iconic Leonard Cohen piece isn't a holiday song. However, it's an emotive work with beautiful biblical imagery that everyone loves the first time they hear it. This arrangement of the song is in C major, with a G2 -E4 range. It also has a slow tempo, which means a beginner can quickly impress audiences. It's been covered countless times, but here's Cohen himself:  


Silent Night

This is a Musicnotes Edition of this arrangement, which means that when you buy this arrangement from the sheet music site, you’re also buying performance and recording rights. You also have the right to print out an unlimited number of copies. This arrangement resolves all sorts of copyright issues that music teachers may face. If you have dreams of posting your bass performances online, check if the Musicnote Edition note is added to the site’s sheet music. 

Frosty the Snowman

Always a crowd pleaser in any winter festival or holiday environment, this song picks up the tempo a bit from the preceding options. This score includes both a solo arrangement and an instrumental part and works for bassist, cellists, and certain horn instruments (in case you're putting together a holiday band!). 

Deck the Halls

This is a free arrangement that you can download off the site as a pdf. The site provides a transposition tool if you want the arrangement in a different key. It even makes recommendations what key to choose based on what instruments you’ll have as accompaniment. This same site has a plethora of holiday songs, which makes sense for a site called “Christmas Music Songs.” You can also find: 

These are just a few of the options on this website. 

Hannukah O Hannukah

This score includes the sheet music for bass clef instruments, as well as for a long list of other instruments, which is why it’s a bit pricier than other sheet music options at $7 for one copy. This is an intermediate level arrangement that you can download from the site once you make the purchase. 

Amazing Grace

This is another option that isn’t a Christmas song per se but fits the season and a song that people of all backgrounds really enjoy. This is a moderately slow, three-page arrangement. As with most of the sheet music available on the Musicnotes website, you can buy a single print (this score’s sheet music is $3.25) or add $2 to download it as a pdf file. 

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Composed by Felix Mendelssohn, this score includes both a solo arrangement, as well as version with piano accompaniment. This is also a Musicnotes Edition arrangement, which means you get a full range of copyrights when you buy this sheet music ($4.95). 

I Have a Little Dreidl

This is a high tempo children’s song about the Hannukah game. If you’re not familiar with how to play Dreidel, here are some instructions (it’s a simple game). 

If you want to round out your holiday repertoire a bit, check this list of popular songs for bass, which includes popular and patriotic music, and a show tune or two.

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