Making the most of Transcriptions

Saturday, April 23, 2016

If you have ever studied improvisation with a serious teacher, it is pretty likely that at some point or other you were assigned to work on a transcribed solo.
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TRANSCRIPTION: Johnny Griffin "Mill Dew"

Friday, April 01, 2016

This month we look at the first chorus of this burning solo by Johnny Griffin as recorded on our "Classic Album" Introducing Johnny GriffinRead More

Transcription: Groovy Sambas by Cannonball Adderley

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

This month we have transcribed Cannonball Adderley's brilliant solo over the tune "Groovy Sambas". This track is on our Classic Album this month and was recorded with Sergio Mendes. Read More

TRANSCRIPTION: Boney James "The Moment"

Saturday, February 27, 2016

This is one of our favourite solos from the album "Futuresoul".   In it, Boney James creates beautiful flowing lines using just an E pentatonic scale almost exclusively.
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TRANSCRIPTION: Heaven Knows Best

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Checkout this great solo from Nigel Hitchcock's album "Smoothitch". This is a great example of Nigel's amazing technique with the simple yet rhythmically perfect lines.
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Hank Mobley: Soul Station

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Find out why we love this classic album from hard bop tenor man Hank Mobley.
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