John King – Carol of the Bells

UPDATE: Aw crap, it seems to have disappeared. If anyone has a copy, let me know.

DOUBLE UPDATE: Big thanks to Kempo who had a copy: John King – Carol of the Bells (Tab)

I was going to start December with a quick selection of Christmas uke videos, then I discovered that a video of ukulele master John King playing Carol of the Bells has just been uploaded to YouTube. It pretty much trumps any other video.

You can download the fiendishly difficult tab on Nalu Music. Or, if you’re a mere mortal, you’ll be able to get your hands on my more simple arrangement in this post.

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  1. Nelson December 1st, 2007 9:04 pm

    Kicking out this one for the holidays!
    Learning tab now!

  2. Woodshed December 2nd, 2007 2:42 pm

    Good luck with it, Nelson.

  3. Terry Kinakin December 5th, 2007 3:22 pm

    Wow…This is so wonderfully played, I think this song was written for the ‘uke. Beautiful, just proves all you need to make music of high calibre is a ukulele.

  4. Woodshed December 5th, 2007 9:01 pm

    I’m certainly with you on that, Terry. Have you seen his Classical Ukulele tab book? Some top arrangements in it.

  5. NobodyUkePlayer June 3rd, 2011 5:54 pm

    Were is the version for mere mrtals?

  6. Woodshed June 4th, 2011 10:19 am

    NobodyUkePlayer: It’s in the Christmas ebook.

  7. NobodyUkePlayer June 5th, 2011 9:16 pm

    Oh! Thanks.

  8. Liluke December 8th, 2011 5:58 pm

    Looked at this last night and so far i’ve learnt the first part, up to the point where the notes are on fret 14. And it sounds amazing! :D thank you for posting it :)

  9. Shameless December 12th, 2011 8:30 am

    Carol of the bells doesn’t seem to be in your ebook

  10. Woodshed December 12th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Shameless: Sorry. I should have changed this post. It was in the first edition but it’s not in the second. Even the simplified version turned out to be too hard.

  11. Philip November 24th, 2012 12:49 pm

    I do have the Nalu Music tab but it is not what he is playing in the video… Close but no cigar…

  12. Alek November 16th, 2013 10:26 pm

    The guy that plays uke here is dead :/ Rest in peace larry

  13. Morgan Green April 29th, 2015 8:28 pm

    Not being rude this is not hard …..I am 11 and I find it rather easy I played it all the way thoughh on my 2nd try . either the songs really easy or I’m really good

  14. Woodshed April 29th, 2015 9:51 pm

    Morgan: The rule is: ‘video or no one believes you’.

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