Chris Tarry is a four-time Juno award winner (the Canadian Grammy) and one of New York's most sought-after bass players. He has performed with some of the top acts in the world and is a mainstay on the New York jazz scene.


Chris is also a writer, and the author of the story collection, "How To Carry Bigfoot Home" (Red Hen Press, March 2015). He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. His fiction, non-fiction, and various screenplays have been published widely.


Chris is also a busy producer. He has developed and produced hundreds of different types of projects. From albums to animated films, radio plays, and podcasts. He is an expert in sound design and Pro Tools, and has a super-cool home studio where he edits things together and sets music to everything under the sun.

Chris Tarry is a musician, writer, producer, and composer living in New York City. As an author, his book, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press, March 2015), won the IndieFab book of the year for short fiction, and has been widely praised as one of the best short story collections of 2015. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and his writing has appeared in publications such as MAD Magazine, Funny or Die, The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, and PANK. As a musician, Chris is a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most in-demand bass players. He has produced countless award-winning albums, developed short films, created cool podcasts, and excels in sound design and digital editing. He’s currently at work on a novel, various screenplays, and composing music for everything under the sun.


  • Pentatonics on The Brain

    Many of you know I’m a huge fan of the TED videos. Here’s a great one featuring Bobby McFerrin, where he explores sonic expectations, audience participation, and the power of the pentatonic scale. Super cool!

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  • Bass In The Studio

    I have to admit, I’ve become a little perplexed when it comes to what constitutes a good bass sound in the studio these days (see attached hysterical photo). Some of you who are members of my lesson site will be familiar with the video I …

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  • Remember To Have Fun

    A lot of times we get so caught up in learning our instrument, we forget the reason we started playing in the first place. For most of us, we started playing because it was fun. I went through a long period of time in my …

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  • An Introduction to the A minor Scale

    The minor scale is one of the most basic and well-known scales in Western music, and of the minor scales, the A minor scale is often taught first because it consists of all the white keys on a piano. The notes in an A minor …

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  • Walking Bass 101

    A good guide for creating a basic walking bass line is by using approach tones (also called “passing tones”). Generally, when we look at a chord progression, we want to place the roots/chord tones on beats one and three, and approach tones to the roots/chord …

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