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INT-25: Aloha Kalikimaka Bonus!

To help celebrate the holidays for our valued members, here is my sweet and easy-kine arrangement of “The Little Drummer Boy" for solo guitar. It is in my C (C Wahine) tuning.

In this arrangement, the bass sustains underneath the upper voiced melody and serves the function as a sort of bass “drum” supporting the song. This is central to the arrangement. Be sure to sustain the bass on your instrument in a nice, long and luxurious manner. With practice, you'll notice a sweet elegance here. This is an easy arrangement and fun to play.

Please note that the audio of this piece is from my recording "Kahikina O Ka Hau - The Coming Of the Snow". This is a multiple guitar rendition of the below Tab. In the recording, the primary second guitar was played by famed pianist (and guitarist! and my friend!) George Winston. I overdubbed additional guitars to add texture and motion.

Be sure to enjoy this piece with your family and friends and maybe some eggnog!

Mahalo Nui: Our thanks and aloha go to my hanai son, Jeff Peterson who graciously tabbed this for our members.

Aloha Kalikimaka from kbeamer.com

Lesson Resources

Tuning: C Wahine "Keola's C" (C-G-D-G-B-E) (jump to lesson)

Tablature (Solo): PDF of The Little Drummer Boy TAB

Audio File: M4A The Little Drummer Boy (Full Arrangement)

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