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his jazzy arrangement of the Cat Stevens classic was originally written for my Bassics Magazine Article "Bass Alone". Although made famous by Cat Stevens the tune (sans the lyrics) is actually a traditional Gaelic piece. Since this is in ¾ time, it makes a beautiful Jazz Waltz. The arrangement is written for 4 string bass in standard tuning, in the key of G. On a scale of 1-10, I would say that the difficulty is a 4. Keeping the flow of the jazz waltz and holding some notes while playing others adds to the difficulty. One really nice thing about this arrangement is that it works at a variety of feels and tempos. A video performance can be found at:

These Solo Bass arrangements are written specifically for the bass. Taking into account all the possibilities as well as the limitations of the instrument. Arrangements are played one octave higher than written. A video performance can be found at:

Michael Dimin is the author of The Chordal Approach as well as The Art of Solo Bass and was a solo bass lesson columnist for Bass Frontiers, Bassics, Bass Player Magazine and Bass Guitar Magazines. Mike was an original Ask The Pro at and a teacher at Gerald Veasly’s Bass Boot Camp, The National Summer Guitar Workshop, The Collective and more. Michael Dimin’s new video series based on his revolutionary book, The CORE Method is changing, forever, the way bass is taught.

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