Ok, Ok, I know I have really been hammering the transcription thing in the past couple of weeks and I promise this is the last you will hear from me on the subject for a bit.
I just wanted to share this article from the great website, Jazz Advice that really gets to the point of what I have been saying over the past few weeks and echo’s the sentiment that I have stressed so much.
The Jazz Language
I like that this article stresses the importance of jazz as a language and makes many great references to the oral tradition, learning to play like you learned to speak, etc. This is a great way to think about getting better at jazz. It’s a tradition that jazz is learned by ear and nowadays, with all of the amazing resources we have, it’s easy to get your head stuck in a sheet of music and never fully work the ears. The article does a great job of explaining that.
The Act Of Writing Down A Solo Is No Guarantee That You Will Sound Better
This is another important point that this article articulates extremely well. Some musicians think that the simple act of writing down a solo will make you a better musician. There’s a lot more to it than that and the guys over at Jazz Advice explain this point eloquently.
Ok enough from me, go read it from the source and then re-evaluate your transcription routine!
Here’s the article, enjoy!