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I used to do loads of transcriptions of jazz solos, and found there was really no better way to improve my ears and knowledge of how music is put together, not to mention reading skills.

I was just wondering if anyone knows of any good websites that have lots of jazz piano solo transcriptions?

as I am in need of something different to practise (for the sake of variety).

many thanks in anticipation

 

cheers, david

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You kind of said it yourself...there's no better way to improve your ears than by making them on your own.

 

On the other hand, there are books with transcriptions around you can find at a reasonably-stocked music store, not sure about websites.

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I just thought I would post some links to classic Jarrett solos which I have transcribed, in case anyon e is interested.

Does nobody else have any transcription up on the web anywhere?

(its very good to do, and why not share?)

cheers, david

 

http://tinyurl.com/ybrey2

http://tinyurl.com/smufp

http://tinyurl.com/y3lhdy

http://tinyurl.com/vbf3s

http://tinyurl.com/t4gu9

http://tinyurl.com/y4w9nj

 

to read these you need to have a sibelius scorch browser plug-in, which is avaliable free of charge from the sibelius website.

http://www.sibelius.com/cgi-bin/download/index.pl

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I've done hundreds myself -- like a lot of folks, probably, around here at least. While my handwriting is pretty good (I should say, it *got* good while taking things down), everything is in pencil on "real" paper. It makes the transcriptions somewhat difficult to host on a website, though -- scanning/resizing and all that.

 

If you have anything specific you're looking for, I might either have done it myself or know where to find it (e.g., in a book). Or someone else might have done the same solo. At the very least, it would be pretty easy to give you a few hints if you get stuck at a particular spot while transcribing, provided the album from which the cut is taken is pretty likely to be in the average musician's collection.

 

When you get good at transcribing, it will be easier to transcribe than to spend the time walking to the music store to buy the book (and read it!). Not to mention better in just about every way.

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Hi J tour,

and thanks for your reply, and your kind offer to help me out is very nice. Actually I am quite good at transcription (my limit is the technique required to play it and not the working out and scoring aspect) but what I lack is the time to do it. I was just thinking that, as I am a bit bored with my practise, I would try something else - learning some solos in a different style or whatever -but then I couldn't find any good stuff on the web. This is quite surprising to me as most jazz musicians have done transcriptions at some time. I guess, like your transcriptions, they are all out there on pencil and paper, yet to reach the heights of cyberspace.

cheers, david

 

ps-I was having some difficulty with 'Questar' on Jarretts 'my song' - the way he pulls the rhythm around makes it a little tricky. LOL

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Sent you a PM, Beeboss, with a few sources, but I just thought of Steve Kahn's homepage -- lots of interesting transcriptions in very neat handwriting. You've probably already seen it, but in case you have not, it's worth a visit.
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