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How to Play Carol of the Bells by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (Guitar Lesson)


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David MacKenzie

Carol of the Bells

DMac teaches a Trans-Siberian styled rendition of "Carol of the Bells."

Taught by David MacKenzie in Songs with David seriesLength: 35:53Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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marshall laneymarshall laney replied on February 28th, 2011

Hey D Mac ! Just just caught up with this - fantastic Dave !!! (as usual for you anyways ;) ) That Jackson looks & sounds great gonna have to try this fo' sho' ! Marshall

livingshadowslivingshadows replied on November 6th, 2010

im a beginner still after i learn your lessons i hope to play this song

tomch87tomch87 replied on October 8th, 2010

Dear D-Mac Im a rather newcomer regarding playing guitar and electric - Ive got a problem to get the "right" sounds - Cant get the settings right on my amp. Ive got some different settings like drive, Crunch, Higain, but still not able to get it near? Do youve got a suggestion since its sounds rather "empty" at the moment :) but anyway thanks for taking your time to posting this awesome vid, and youre quite the teacher :)

mega deathmega death replied on May 25th, 2010

D-Mac, this a spectacular tune. It sounds so great on my Dean V

kvdalykvdaly replied on December 24th, 2009

Dmac - I've been practicing and playing this tune so much, I keep catching my kids walking around humming the tune! Thanks for the great lesson & Merry Christmas!

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on December 24th, 2009

see, now your influencing others with your music!!! feels good huh!!!

grundel70grundel70 replied on December 23rd, 2009

Dmac, I just wanted to take the time, like many of my colleagues have stated above, to thank you for posting this lesson. I am still a beginner but I have been able to learn this! It sounds so awesome on my new guitar! Thanks again, good sir. You rock. Grundel has spoken

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on December 24th, 2009

nice!!! your most welcome!!!

strat53strat53 replied on December 13th, 2009

Great lesson Dmac I really enjoyed it

esdestroyeresdestroyer replied on December 8th, 2009

Great song nice job D-Mac keep up the good work. Really had fun learning this on my new guitar.

mor_dawgmor_dawg replied on December 7th, 2009

Thanks for the back track and new tab. That was awesome!!1

guitarcaughtfireguitarcaughtfire replied on December 6th, 2009

thx u sooooo much!!!!!!!that freakin rox!

guitarcaughtfireguitarcaughtfire replied on December 6th, 2009

mr.epic did it again

poisonivy27poisonivy27 replied on December 5th, 2009

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rickmcdanielrickmcdaniel replied on December 5th, 2009

Wow, just great! Thanks D-Mac.

joshallisonjoshallison replied on December 5th, 2009

pretty sick

rush21122rush21122 replied on December 5th, 2009

This is fantastic. Even for a beginner like me. My wife and I are going next Saturday to see TSO. 2nd ROW! WAHOO!

jboothjbooth replied on December 5th, 2009

See Dmac, we all love ya :)

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on December 5th, 2009

thats just too funny!!! lol

bangor307bangor307 replied on December 5th, 2009

Very cool! Thanks D-Mac!

snowdadsnowdad replied on December 5th, 2009

D-Mac, that's awesome!

takikamtakikam replied on December 5th, 2009

Awesome playing! Thank you, DMac!

lexzbuddylexzbuddy replied on December 5th, 2009

Why not! Most anual thing I have done in years. Cool man, thx.

ronin808ronin808 replied on December 5th, 2009

D-MAC!!! you always put out something i want to learn ...right now. very cool man as always. thanks for this!! rock on bro!

pyroagpyroag replied on December 5th, 2009

that is so cool, i sounds frickn scarey as well dude.

klomtklomt replied on December 4th, 2009

Absolutely Fantastic D Mac Many Thanks!!

tammy7689tammy7689 replied on December 4th, 2009

awesome lesson....you rock d-mac

timothy davidsontimothy davidson replied on December 4th, 2009

D-Mac this totally rocks!!

nessanessa replied on December 4th, 2009

I love it! D-MAC!!! WooOOoOOO!

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Carol of the Bells

DMac teaches a Trans-Siberian styled rendition of "Carol of the Bells."

Length: 35:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About David MacKenzie View Full Biography Dave MacKenzie has been playing guitar for 30 of his 45 years on this earth. Starting back when he was 14 years old, Dave picked up the guitar and started to learn from his oldest brother, who had played some guitar as well. Dave was hooked, and couldn't learn fast enough! Everything from the Beatles, Chicago, Ted Nugent, The Eagles, you name it, Dave was trying to play it.

Then as with a lot of players out there, Eddie Van Halen came along and changed the way guitar was played! Dave has been influenced by anyone he has heard play guitar, literally! Always keeping an open mind and a humbleness about him has helped him to keep learning new things on, and about the guitar.

Dave has mostly played in top 40 rock, country, and pop bands. He is most recently playing guitar and keyboards in a 80's metal band called Open Fire. They have opened for Warrant, Firehouse, Winger, and LA Guns within the 3 and a half years they have been together, and are now jumping into original music.

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