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hello, I wasn't sure where to put this thread, but hope this works..

I have a student who is 16 and learning to play jazz. He has been starting to transcribe solos but a lot of what he lifts ends up being too difficult for his ear/technique level. I have been compiling a (thus far short) list of tenor solos that are great without being especially technically difficult. He has previously lifted Dexter Gordon (3 o'clock in the morning) as well as Lester Young. Can anybody suggest anything?

Thanks :)
 

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Not really transcriptions - but you might want to try Greg Fishman's Etudes.
 

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I would agree that Lester and Dex are a good place to start. I believe there are published transcriptions of both and there is probably free material on the internet. If you or your pupil has software that will allow you to slow down tracks without changing the pitch then he'll be able to "play along" sooner. The slowest tempo blues that you can find will make things easier too. But if you can persuade him to do this, i'd say being able to *sing* the solo or part of it is a v good first step even if his fingers can't play it.
 
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