Here’s another great solo transcription from one of my favorite recordings. This is a fast blues called “Blues Up & Down” and is from the CD entitled “Heavy Juice”. This CD features Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen both on the tenor saxophone. Both of these great musicians swing like crazy on this album. This is a recording I would want on a desert island! That’s how good it is. Any serious tenor sax player should have it in their collection.
I started this solo transcription a few years ago for a video lesson I did on transcription. In that lesson, I basically transcribed the first 3 pages of this solo as I talked about how to transcribe. Slowing down the recording, figuring out the notes and rhythms, etc………… Transcription Video Lesson. This last week I finally decided to finish this solo. You could spend a year on all the material and lines in this solo. It’s a goldmine! Don’t be scared off by the fast tempo, try playing the transcription slow at first to get the lines and rhythms down. You can work up your speed gradually until you are ready to play it with Scott and Harry.
This solo is 24 choruses of a ripping fast blues. When you first look at the PDF you might be fooled into thinking this is an easy solo to play but try playing some of these lines with the recording and you quickly realize how awesome these guys are.
If you dig this solo make sure you pick up the whole CD of “Heavy Juice“. It is amazing!
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