New Transcription Exercises For All Students...
This is a new initiative to encourage students to transcribe on a regular basis.
What is transcription you might ask?..
Transcription is the process of listening to a line or a lick from a record and then working out the notes and the rhythm using your ears.
So What Are The Transcription Exercises?
With each new jazz standard lesson, we will analyse a short transcribed solo so that you can see the benefits and insight that can be achieved from practicing transcription.
As ‘homework’ - we will all then attempt to transcribe more ourselves. This could be from the same record or from a different record.
How Will These Transcription Exercises Help Me?Transcribing lines is one of the most effective ways to learn and to develop your ability to improvise and it should be an essential part of your jazz piano study. It will help you with:
- Improvisation and fills
- Rhythm, groove and feel
- Phrasing and melodic decoration
It’s very difficult to teach the above things. You need to immerse yourself in jazz music to improve at these aspects of jazz piano. If you’re looking for the ‘secret’ or ‘magic formula’ for learning to improvise… this is it!
How To Get Started...
For each jazz standard lesson, I will post a recording, a PDF and some additional information below. It’s then your job to either transcribe more from the same recording or alternatively, find your own recording (in the same key) and transcribe some material your self.
Try to spend 10-15 minutes a day transcribing and don't be disheartened if progress is slow to begin with... keep at it and feel free to share anything you learn.
Stick with this one and you will not be disappointed!