As I mentioned in my first post Lesson Zero - ear training and quality of musical hearing is the most important feature of every musician. Countless music geniuses keep on saying this on many occassions, including my personal favourites Pat Methney and Miles Davis. It is not how many notes we play, not important how fast we can play them as long as our notes are "kicking" by sitting well in time and creating interesting melodies. And inner hearing is the origin of our melodies and our rhytms.
Ear training is a huge subject and there is plenty of methods and systems. I have been using Ear Master Pro software many years and it is quite nice but.... But nothing compares to transcibing real music of your heroes. This is the best and fastest way to develop your ears and this was the only method available to those masters back then. Again,
so many great musicians have been saying that they were playing along with records until the vinyl worn out and they got the music under their belt.
So let's do it. Transcribing real music forces you to recognize pitches, rhytms, chords. When the tempo is fast we need to slow it down and to loop phrase by phrase to be able to hear exactly what was played. This job can be done by Audacity software which is simple and intuitive to use and let you reduce the tempo without changing the pitch. And it's free! After you install it on your computer you can import any audio file and choose from menu Effects - Change Tempo:
For the first transciprion I chose Bill Evans solo from What Is This Thing Called Love recorded on the album Portrait in Jazz (1959) Bill Evans: piano, Scott LaFaro: bass, Paul Motian: drums; Composition: Cole Porter.
Bill Evans is one of my favourite pianists of all times and funny thing that I discovered his music via John McLaughlin album Time Remembered where Bill's music is arranged for some amazing classical guitars. Check it out!
I hope you enjoy my modest work of first 24 bars solo trascription. I need to explain that notation I made in Logic Pro software is sometimes rhytmically approximated and I often made octave transpositions to stay within the stave for easy reading. If you can advise any corrections you are very welcome and please comment or mail me.
I will prepare pdf file with notation, if you want to get it please subscribe to the blog or my Youtube channel,
cheers and stay tuned :)