“The Shadow of Your Smile” by Johnny Mandel, is a jazz standard, written as the theme song for the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton movie, “The Sandpiper”. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. This is one of my earliest and favorite arrangements for solo bass. The original has a slow, Latin feel. A feel that works beautifully with this arrangement. There are some nice jazz reharmonizations that add flavor to the arrangement. The song is in the Key of G and is written for 4, 5 or 6 string bass. The difficulty in this piece lies in keeping the Latin and some of the fingering that moves up to the 19th fret. On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate this as a 7. You have the freedom to alter tempo as you see fit as long as you keep the lilt of that Latin feel.
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.
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 Talkbass.com 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.