In the December / January 2005/2006 edition of the Yamaha Club Magazine, Jackie and Steve Marsden present the use of bass chords and this inspired me to create and record the following music.

Here is me playing the Tyros (1), with my interpretation of Steve Marsden’s arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I have altered one of the main chords from A/C# to Ddim.

I have made a selection of registrations to make the transition through the piece of music simpler and also using a foot pedal to fill-self command on the style. Using multipads at the very beginning and using a left-voice to add a nice background sound, the style it self only comes in after the first loop of the music. Remember I am a self taught home enthusiast and not a professional.

I hope you enjoy as this is my first public video performance. Also note that the video was recorded seperate from the audio and it goes slightly out of sync near the end of the performance due to conversion problems.

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James Woodcock

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6 thoughts on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Video

  • Hi James, do you think you would be able to scan the sheet music for this? I’m interested in making my own recording. But I can’t seem to find any good versions online.


  • I made my version from Steve Marsdens arrangement from the Yamaha Club Magazine December/January 2005 issue. Try contacting the Yamaha Club for the sheet music or a back copy of the magazine.

  • hi , man your music is good i cant stop hering it\:d/
    Lol kip it up.

  • Hi,

    I’m just looking into keyboards and midi and found your site. I bought a cheap keyboard on eBay at a very reasonable price and have now been given a PC with a soundcard that has a midi connector. I hope to work it all out soon and would like to learn to play some stuff. Your video is inspiring.


  • I am a 75 year old ‘wannabe!’. I have just purchased a Tyros 1. I play simple music, but I’d like to get some backing tracks (it might even make me sound reasonable!), but I’m not quite sure how I go about it? My Tyros does not YET have a hard drive.


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