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The Pajama Sessions: Silence of a Candle

Although this video has no commentary, I want to take a minute to talk about the Art of Solo Bass. As someone who has been playing solo bass since 1979, I think I've seen and experienced a great deal. Often…

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The Pajama Sessions: Expansion by Limitation

One of the tenants of my book, The CORE Method is a concept I call Expansion by Limitation. It's derived from the basic idea that 'I'm basically lazy!" Although I am not really lazy, I do find that we tend…

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The Pajama Sessions: Saint James Infirmary

In this video, I take you step-by-step through the process and development of a Solo Bass Arrangement for the old blues standard, "Saint James Infirmary". This arrangement is written for 4 string bass in standard tuning. I chose my trusty…

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The Pajama Sessions: Melodic Sequences in developing solos

Over the past few weeks, we've looked at three songs Europa, Fly Me to the Moon, and Autumn Leaves. These three songs have something very much in common. The melody is built on the concept of a melodic sequence. This…

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Pajama Sessions V.2: Triads and Psychoacoutics

Voicing triads in solo bass tunes and the role psychoacoustics play in developing solo bass arrangements. When arranging for solo bass, we must be mindful of the range of the instrument and play chords that are clear, well defined, and…

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New Arrangement Posted! "Fly Me to the Moon"

Thanks to Tim T. and Gary R. I have finally, written down my solo bass arrangement of "Fly Me to the Moon". Like all arrangements, on my site, it is currently only $1.00 US (until the end of the coronavirus…

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Happy Birthday solo bass - spread some cheer

Perhaps it's not your birthday, but it's someone's birthday and wouldn't it be cool to offer them a little solo bass version. A version that is really cool, harmonically rich. Till the end of this crisis, I m making this…

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Europa with Loop: FREE until 3/23 @ 9:00am EST 

Here is an arrangement that I've been playing for a while but never wrote down. Tom Coster/Carlos Santana's "Europa" for Solo Bass. The first section is a freely played chord/melody arrangement. I also include the bass and harmony loops that…

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Saint James Infirmary - FREE

For the next 24 hours, I have made my solo bass arrangement of St. James Infirmary available for free. Please visit my site michaeldimin.com to get it (hint - you'll find it in the store). If you decide to record…