The Sonny Rollins II-V Workbook: 8 Exercises from Pent-Up House [PDF]

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Sonny Rollins is one of those rare musical masters that seems to have it all figured out when it comes to improvisation. And if you’re a musician that’s been searching for the missing answers to improve your solos on the jazz repertoire, he’s the perfect player to study.

…especially if you’re trying to develop your musical understanding of the ii-V-I progression.

ii-V’s are everywhere in the tunes we play, but for some reason this important progression often get reduced to music theory and scales – an exercise removed from the music itself.

And this is exactly how many improvisers end up playing it in their solos…

That’s why in this lesson for Premium Members we’re going to take a different approach, starting with the music itself – the actual lines and techniques of a musical master like Sonny Rollins!

In this lesson you’ll find:

  • A complete transcription of Sonny’s solo on Pent-Up House
  • 8 ii-V techniques that’ll teach you to navigate the progression like a pro
  • Twenty Sonny Rollins lines to learn and add to your musical approach
  • And a 50 page PDF exercise book to build your skills in the practice room

Let’s get started…

Sonny Rollins’ Pent-Up House solo

Sonny’s iconic solo on the tune Pent-Up House is found on his 1956 album Sonny Rollins Plus 4, recorded with Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Richie Powell, and George Morrow.

His solo begins at [2:43] in the video:

* Be sure to download the PDF below for the full solo transposed for BbEb, and Bass Clef instruments.

Sonny’s solo on this tune is like a guidebook for the essential skills you need to master the ii-V-I progression as an improviser.

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