Originally from Canada and based in Brooklyn. Chris Tarry is a four-time Juno Award-winner (the Canadian Grammy) and considered one of the most sought-after bass players in New York City.


Chris is also a published writer. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many internationally recognized journals and anthologies. His debut story collection, "How To Carry Bigfoot Home" is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in March 2015.


Chris runs one of the largest bass instruction sites on the web. If you're looking to improve, drop by Chris Tarry Lessons and check out the over 150 FREE video lessons. Become the best bass player you can be. Today!

Take Me There!Want to study bass with Chris? Head on over to his lesson site, one of the best online bass instruction resources around!

Adam Klipple-keys, Keith Carlock-drums, Al Street-guitar, Chris Tarry-bass. 55Bar, NYC Jan 2013.See more live Chris Tarry video!

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    You Can Now Pre-Order My Book!

    It’s almost time! Here’s some info on my upcoming book in case you didn’t click on the annoying popup when you first hit the site! Please pre-order if you’re interested, it helps greatly.

    COMING MARCH 17TH, 2015!
    Chris’ debut short story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot …

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    Baby Lucas!

    It was a wonderful Valentine’s day here in the Tarry household. Our son Lucas was born. Mom, Daddy CT, and big sis Chloe couldn’t be more proud!

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    Update & New Writing!

    Okay, I know it’s been forever since I’ve updated the ol’ writing page, but I’ve been hard at work on getting the final manuscript edits of debut short story collection, “How To Carry Bigfoot Home” off to my publisher, Red Hen. Happy to report that’s …

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    My P-Bass is a Jedi Master

    My five-string Fodera hangs in my studio collecting dust, a once-great warrior pulled from battle, whiling away the years like an old man on a porch, lemonade in hand, watching the world roll by. I feel guilty. Like I’m having an affair with an older woman. A woman with …

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    COMING MARCH 17TH, 2015!
    Chris’ debut short story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home


    “Chris Tarry’s stories come at what we might call The Problem of Men as Boys from all possible angles, from a hapless medieval stay-at-home Dad who’s running a con game out of his one-room hovel to a Bigfoot who’s a sad failure as a creative writing teacher. These stories hilariously and poignantly evoke the way, when it comes to relationships, all men are living under a leaky thatched roof with winter on the way, always believing they’re on the edge of a turnaround, even though failure keeps returning like an old friend back in town.”
    - Jim Shepard, Story Prize-winning author of You Think That’s Bad and Project X

    “The stories in How To Carry Bigfoot Home are fruitfully obsessed with maleness: How does one manage to be a father, a son, a brother, a husband? What are men supposed to do, and what mischief and violence might they have up their sleeves? In their gleeful linguistic play and surrealistic vibe, Tarry’s tales remind me of those of George Saunders, but he’s up to his very own wonderful thing in this vivid debut.” - —Pamela Erens, author of The Virgins and The Understory

    “What would happen if some mad scientist were able to fuse the otherworldly exuberance of H.P. Lovecraft with the nuanced pathos of John Cheever? The result would be a dazzling, explosive, and inexhaustible new kind of illumination: a writer named Chris Tarry.” - Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door

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