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50 Easy Jazz Solos to Transcribe

Transcription is an incredibly valuable tool to help jazz musicians improve their own solo ideas.  Studying the improvisations of the Masters helps you to improve your ability to hear your own melodic ideas, and learning the solos of heavy musicians is great for your chops!

Serious jazz musicians know they should be transcribing SOMETHING, but have you ever wondered WHICH solos are good to transcribe? A lot of jazz solos are just plain HARD to lift, can be even harder to play, and without direction you can spend as much time figuring out what solos are appropriate to transcribe as you spend actually transcribing!

Solution?  Here are 50 Easy Jazz Solo recommendations from Chicago/Phoenix guitarist Jeff Libman.  Jeff came up with this list of easy solos, offering a great starting point for some easier solos to tackle!

A special thanks to Jeff Libman for letting me post this list he compiled.

Enjoy!  Happy Transcribing!

PDF of 50 Easy Jazz Solos.2014
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Camden Hughes
Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at



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