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Charlie Parker's solo on 'Oh, Lady Be Good!'

For this weeks #transcriptiontuesday I transcribed this awesome solo by Charlie Parker blowing over an old 1940’s recording of “Oh! Lady Be Good!” with Jay McShann. It was quite a mission to transcribe this... some of these lines do not…

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Miles Davis' solo on 'Billie's Bounce'

Here's Miles Davis' solo on 'Billie's Bounce' as recorded by Charlie Parker in 1945. I love how understated and simple it is - a 19 year old Miles Davis! Crazy to think it would be another 14 years before he…

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Lester Young's Solo on 'All of Me'

It's #TranscriptionTuesday time! This week I learnt Lester Young's beautiful solo over 'All of Me' on a previously unreleased recording session with Billie Holiday. “Why would anyone discard such a masterpiece?”, I hear you ask. Well, that’s simply because it…

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Charlie Christian's solo on 'Rose Room'

I spent most of last summer transcribing and listening to Charlie Christian. It was a brilliant way of spending lockdown - his solos are so inventive and had such a lyrical way of moving through the changes. I learnt alot…

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A Man of Constant Sorrow (Trad. Arr. Norman Blake )

I've been recently trying to explore my musical horizons a little - getting into bluegrass and country. This sort of flat picking for whatever reason has always evaded my list of things to learn! I heard this tune years ago…

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Nine Pound Hammer (Merle Travis)

I've been teaching this one recently to my students on my group guitar lessons subscription service (check out the subscribe section for details)... a cheery little number to get you all through these strange old times! 

It's an amalgamation…

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I'm on Bandcamp

Hey Guys,

I've been working on a solo record over the past year and I'm planning on self releasing it next year on bandcamp. If you're on bandcamp i'd really appreciate a follow on my bandcamp and then we…

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Swaggering Boney (Trad.)

When I was a kid I'd spend most of the year being dragged around gorgeous little pubs in rural Essex following a gang of bald and bearded morris men as they danced and played to unsuspecting audiences. At the time…

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Gerry Mulligan's solo on 'Bernies Tune'

Having a lovely time transcribing some jazz solos this week. This is Gerry Mulligans solo on his tune “Bernies Tune”. Some lovely language in there! I love that little bop line in the middle.

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Kenny Barron Lick over Autumn Leaves

Here's a lovely little Kenny Barron lick from his solo on Autumn Leaves. I love his phrasing - there's a real flow to his melodic ideas. Have a go at learning this on my soundslice here!

HBO/Punchdrunk 'The Third Day'

Feeling very proud and honoured to have been involved with Punchdrunk and HBO's ‘The Third Day' - a 12 hour long wonderful experiment of theatre, TV and hardcore realism! It was amazing to be part of something so ambitious and…