Solo Transcriptions

2 Solo Transcriptions From an Underrated Jazz Saxophonist

Even though the saxophone is an iconic jazz instrument in the popular imagination, the story of jazz’s earliest past often leaves the saxophone by the wayside. Despite the fact that the saxophone is, for...

5 Sonny Rollins Licks Over “Tenor Madness”

One of my favorite jazz albums is Sonny Rollins' "Tenor Madness." It was recorded in 1956 and is especially notable because it's the only known recording that features both Sonny and John Coltrane. I used...
50 Easy Jazz Solos To Transcribe

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...

Miles Davis Solo Transcription of Oleo

Oleo is one of the most important jazz standards. The changes from Oleo are considered "rhythm changes" because they are based on the changes to the 32 bar shortened version of "I Got Rhythm."  (The...
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Miles Davis Solo Transcription “But Not For Me”

"But Not for Me" is a popular jazz standard written by George and Ira Gershwin. The Miles Davis recording of this tune is from a fairly early Miles Davis album, "Bag's Groove." The album...

Transcribing Jazz Solos: Is It Better to Write It Down or Learn It...

Ok, so you've probably been hearing that you need to transcribe jazz solos for a long time, but what is the transcription process?  And what is the benefit to transcribing?  Why would one take...
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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...

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