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Terri Anderson Burnett attended Bowling Green State University as a music major. She then joined the US Army Music Program and toured many parts of Europe performing as a Flute and Piccolo Player with the Army band at Ansbach, Germany.

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A member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, CbQ is an eclectic instrumental music ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists. Repertoire includes Burnett original compositions and select jazz masterworks. Grant funding is available to regional and midwest presenters.

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Christopher Burnett has performed professionally around the world with military bands, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded a significant independent recording label.

Using Jazz Transcriptions as an Improvisation Language Primer

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BurnettPublishing.com – Type the words “jazz transcriptions” into the Google search engine and it will return nearly 4 million hits in less than one second.

jazz transcriptions – Google Search

Why is it important to transcribe jazz solos?

There are several benefits to transcribing improvised jazz solos and studying those accurate transcriptions done by others as well.

Transcribing jazz solos by professional improvisers is similar to jazz as learning vocabulary lists is to reading and writing a spoken language.

There are so many choices on the Internet, where do I start?

Here is one of my favorite jazz solo transcriptions websites (and why):

Solo Transcriptions (Sax) – saxopedia
  • This site is a varied repository of jazz stylists and lists 1780 solo transcriptions that are available somewhere on the Internet. The list also includes solos for flute, clarinet and EWI.
  • In addition to saxophone transcriptions it lists transcriptions for other instruments commonly played in modern jazz too.

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Find transcriptions by instrument using the menu.

Some Suggestions …

Be methodical in studying transcriptions!
  1. Listen to the transcribed jazz master artist playing the solo.
  2. Use YouTube.com – it is a great resource for all of the jazz music you could listen to in a thousand lifetimes – IT’S FREE to use and the owners of the music do actually get paid a royalty when their music is played.
  3. Example use of YouTube (or any other music service): If you are studying a particular jazz solo transcription, find that artist and rendition on YouTube then study how that master is playing the solo.
  4. Play along with the transcribed artist. You may even want to start by learning the solo phrase-by-phrase.
  5. Imitate that transcribed artist’s jazz style and musical interpretation to begin with toward developing the skills that will inherently make up the different various facets of your own jazz artistry.
  6. If the recording tempo is too fast for you to play along with the artist, use a slow-down app to slow the music down.
  7. Among the most important things to get from studying transcriptions of jazz solos performed by professional improvisers are: (1) experiencing their excellent note choices, (2) hearing the great characteristic sound of their instruments, and (3) learning the jazz style the player is using.

Recommended Listening …

Any of the players on these lists are worth your attention!