We have a new initiative for our Improvisation & Transcription Exercises.
@Tuomo and myself have come up with the following ideas for bi-weekly transcription studies on the recordings of notable jazz pianists:
These exercises will ‘bridge the gap’ between our current ear training exercises, and transcribing directly from our favourite recordings.
For each musician, Tuomo will create transcription assignments on the improvised solos of famous jazz pianists. The first section of the solo and the hardest parts will be provided. The assignment is to ‘fill in the gaps’ to complete the transcription and also continue to transcribe from the recording if you like the style of the solo.
There will also be assignments on comping where some of the voicings and rhythms are provided, but some bars are left blank and the assignment is again to fill in the gaps and work out the chords and rhythms by ear.
Each musician thread will start with a bit of information/background on the musician and include links to their records/albums/discography so that we are also learning about the history and background of the musicians in question.
Cast Your Votes On The Pianists You Would Like To Study:
We can all cast up to 3 votes on the pianists we would to see covered in these exercises and the highest-voted musicians will be covered first. Here’s the shortlist:
- Tommy Flanagan
- Oscar Peterson
- Bill Evans
- Wynton Kelly
- Bud Powell
- Red Garland
- Thelonious Monk
- Hank Jones
All ideas, suggestions, and feedback are welcome.
We want these assignments to be enjoyable but still challenging. We will make sure that they cater to all levels of students to give everyone a very clear path into listening and transcribing from our favourite records.
We plan to start these exercises this coming week, so get your votes in on who you would like to see covered first.