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“Solar” is a tune written by Miles Davis and is featured on his hit record “Walkin”.
However there is a controversy over this tune regarding authorship and some say that Davis’ “Solar” is essentially the same as a previously written tune called “Sonny” by guitarist Chuck Wayne.
It was not uncommon for Miles to take credit for tunes that he did not write.

Regardless, this tune has certainly been made popular by Miles Davis and is an essential jam session tune.
You can consider the most common key of this tune to be C minor, however you will notice that it goes through four tonal centers: C minor, F major, Eb major and Db major.

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


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