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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.


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…