Transcribing jazz solos is an essential part of learning to improvise…
But here’s the catch: it’s trickier than it sounds.
…especially if you’re just getting started.
Many hopeful players attempt to learn solos from recordings, but often give up in frustration. And this is exactly how I felt when I was beginning to learn how to improvise.
I would try to start learning a solo, spend hours struggling with a few notes and give up in despair. Then a month later, discouraged with the way I was improvising, would try again with a new solo.
And the cycle would continue…
If you’ve spent any time on JazzAdvice you know that learning solos from recordings is necessary to improve and that transcribing involves more than writing the notes down…
But what most players don’t realize is that there are some key skills that will make this entire process much easier and much faster.
Here are 10 killer tips for transcribing jazz solos that I wish I had known all along…
#1) Know why you are transcribing
What is the purpose of transcribing jazz solos and why the heck is everybody talking about it?
You’ve heard all the hubbub about transcribing, but before you devote valuable time to transcribing or lock yourself for hours in a practice room, you should ask yourself one question:
“What am I going to get out of the process of transcribing solos?”
I used to think that by figuring out the notes to one solo I … Read More