Free Christmas Songs – Chord Melody

I found some really nice arrangements of Christmas songs by Richard Scott. They are called: Chord Melody songs. Which means that the melody of the song is heard as you play the chord.  These are probably not for the earliest or youngest beginner. But they are playable with a little practice.

Have fun!

Christmas Guitar Chord-Melody Arrangements



James Taylor Sweetened Tunings for Guitar

Kathy and I went to hear James Taylor this summer at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Great concert. And his guitars sound so good.

The next day or so I went to his website and watched his instructional videos. How to play his songs. And then…I found this instructional video by James Taylor on Sweetened Tunings or Tempered Tunings.

One video in particular James Taylor’s YouTube channel, he discusses tuning the guitar slightly flat to compensate for fretting notes and better runing across different keys. He has figured out a system of relative tuning, sweetened tuning or tempered tuning to make a guitar “sound” in tune.  I am not usually happy with mu guitar sound by tuning my guitar with a digital tuner and end up messing with the B, E and e and then on and on it goes.

James Taylor has figured out how to tune each string slightly flat; each by a particular number of cents. For this to work for those of you playing at home, you’d need a tuner that displays cents.  A cent is one one-hundredth of a half step. Each half step being divided into 100 equal parts.

Here is the formula from the video:

E    A   D   G  B  e
-12 -10 -8 -4 -6 -3

Peterson Tuners have a sweetened tuning setting that compensates for you.  Peterson tuners are top of the line.  I used a Peterson Strobe tuner as a band director. Go to their website for more information

Watch the James Taylor video!

Bluegrass Music right here in Cypress; Nov 10 Concert / Jam Sesson

Bluegrass Rising now meets at  Weekley Community Center, 8440 Greenhouse Road, Cypress 77433 the Weekley Center in Cypress. They have an event on November 10 at 630 PM. Concert / Jam session.

If you want to join in a jam on some bluegrass music right here in Cypress, Texas click on this link.

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Check Out The Real – I know, I know, shameless promotion

Hey everyone, check out a band called “The Real.”  These young guys are from Houston, write original music, do a few covers. They put on  a great show.  So far they have played House of Blues Houston, Concert Pub North, BFE Rock Club and private events.

Here is what I want you to do.  Ready?

Go to their webpage and listen to 3 of their songs.  My favorites are Intro, Hard Rock Girl and On The Road. Here is the link –

Go to their Facebook page and Like them.  Be bold -invite others to like them. Leave a comment for them, Ask them questions, ask them to post pics., videos, crazy stuff they do. See what happens.!/pages/The-Real/323187844446034

Finally, leave a message for me.  I want to see what the WP world does with this post.  Could be fun.  Thanks

Got an instrument as a gift? Want to play music better sooner?

Did you receive an instrument like a guitar, drums or a new brass instrument?  Maybe you gave one as a gift. Private lessons are a great gift to give someone or even yourself.

Get started playing music right with private lessons.  Private lessons are available during the holiday break, giving you an opportunity to get a jump-start on making music.  In the meantime, check out the Free Music on my website.  Got questions, contact me.

Making music is a great New Year resolution.  We know that playing music with others is fun and has great benefits on your health, well-being and even your brain!  More and more adults are realizing the benefits of playing music.  It’s not just for kids, music is good for everyone.

Learn to play music that you like. Whether it is country, rock. contemporary Christian, folk, classical or jazz, I can help you with any music.

Looking forward to hearing from you right now.


Free Instrumental Christmas Music to Play

Here are 2 books of Christmas Music that are in the public domain. These are for any instrument.  There are also chord symbols included.  I have been asking my students to have fun over the Christmas holiday and play lots of Christmas melodies.  Well here you are a gift from Mr. Shudra.  These are downloadable and are in PDF format.

I am available for private lessons. Check out my information via the tabs above.

Christmas Fake Book PDF Bb C and Eb Instruments

Christmas Fake Book for French Horn PDF

Lead sheets are contained for C, Bb, Eb, and Bass Clef instruments.  Also, feel free to visit and check out our music links and Podcast.  Leadsheets were created using the open source music notation software MuseScore.  Music Typesetting and editing was done by Stephen Cox

Included Songs:
Angels We Have Heard On High, Auld Lang Syne, Away In a Manger, Carol of the Bells, Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Hark! The Herald Angel Sings, The Holly and the Ivy, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, The Twelve Days of Christmas, We Three Kings, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child is This?