“What solo should I transcribe?”
You’ve probably asked yourself this question. And you’ve probably searched far and wide for answers.
If you look in the Aebersold Jazz Handbook you’ll find a list with over 100 historically significant recordings to choose from…
Search the internet and you’ll see page after page of important players. For instance trumpet players have to deal with Louis Armstrong and Clark Terry, Miles and Dizzy, Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard.
And that’s just scratching the surface…
So where do you begin with all of those options? How do you choose the solo that’s going to make you sound better?
Maybe you could start with just one player, like Clifford Brown. There’s his solo on Joy Spring or Cherokee or Sandu or Stompin’ at the Savoy or Jordu or Pent Up House…”
Suddenly you’re overwhelmed and right back where you started. Before you’ve even set out on your journey to learn the jazz language, you’re already falling behind…
Why less is more in learning jazz improvisation
What most people aren’t telling you is that you don’t have to transcribe hundreds of solos to start speaking the jazz language…
But you do have to learn a few of your favorite solos. Extremely well.
And that’s the key to getting started. Realizing that it’s OK to start at square one and understanding that you don’t have to rush to play catch-up with every jazz solo under the sun.
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As a musician looking to improve quickly, picking one