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Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo Transcription!

Here’s the updated version of Charlie Parker’s three chorus solo on Blues for Alice.  Make sure to listen to the recording and learn it with that.  You should never learn a transcription without listening to it a lot!  I hope you enjoy!

Bird’s Solo Transcription-Blues for Alice (.pdf)

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo-C Instruments

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo-Trumpet

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo-Tenor Sax

(The tenor part goes well into the altissimo register; I tried to put it in EXACTLY as Bird played it.  You may have to drop certain parts an octave lower for technical reasons; if so, you can reference the trumpet part, which goes too low in some places.  There’s not a convenient solution because there is either a compromise on playing something in the right octave, or it’s just really hard to play-but who said Bird was supposed to be easy to play?)

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo-Eb Instruments

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo-Bass Clef

Click here to learn Blues for Alice

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


  1. This was one of the first Bird solos that I truly fell in love with. It wasn’t until years later that I began to understand just how advanced a blues recording this truly is. The changes are phenomenal, and Parker just flies over them effortlessly.


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