Yeah. Yup. What he said.Transcribe something you like...short cliches or licks you hear in other people's playing. Start with a bar or two, but START!
This probably isn't the best to start out with, but it will be essential for jazz playing. you can always buy an amni book to check your transcriptionsTranscribe Bird as soon as possible.
A very high level of ear food that'll give inspiration for any direction you'd want to head into.
Transcribing piano chords is really really hard but you could try to transcribe the basslineOkay, thanks for all your suggestions, and also, as a sax player is it enough to transcribe the saxophone melodies/solos, or should I figure out the bass lines and the piano chords?
I would start with Oh, Lady be Good by Lester, a recording with Count Basie from 1936. It's a famous solo, many people play it and you will even find it on some Lee Konitz (TenorLee) and Warne Marsh (duo with Red Mitchell) recordings. I suggest that you use the Amazing Slow Downer or Transcribe and play it with the recording at 50%. The best way would be that you first learn to sing it, than play it and than write it down.you should check out some lester young, or some of the earlier cats. i wish someone put me on to that stuff when i was first starting out...