Jazz Lead Sheets

Leadsheets > Transcribed Solos

Transcribed solos should show not only the notes and correct rhythms the soloist played, but also how he or she fit the notes together-- which notes were tongued, slurred, swallowed, ghosted, slid into, etc. This is the musical fingerprint of the artist. The shape and articulation of the lines, how one note moves to the next, is as important a factor as the notes themselves in establishing an artist's musical identity.

Conventional music notation is limited and can't show all the nuances that make up an artist's vocabulary. However, I feel that conventional notation with a few additional notational elements (see our notation guide) can help in understanding how the artist created the solo. Use our solo transcriptions (see sample excerpt) to get a better understanding of each artist.

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Don Sickler