Transcribe – Back to the Land


Lesson 1 – Intro

[Back to the Land] …is a brilliant introduction to swing; Prez’s solo is technically simple, but stylistically difficult….Whilst the popular notion is to go “modern” as soon as possible, the modern players I listened to were, at their core, traditionalists.

Lesson 2 – The Head

Lesson 2 on our Back To The Land Transcription project. On this lesson I take you through the ‘head’ of the piece and explore what Lester Young played.

Lesson 3 – The Solo

As we move into the final stages of this transcription exercise on Back To The Land, I wanted to highlight a few things to help you get this over the line.

Lesson 4 – Your Responses

So it’s time to share how you found ‘Back To The Land’ by Lester Young and our group transcription project.


Dan Forshaw

I'm passionate about creating inspirational experiences through music and other arts. A life changing experience under the influence of the music of John Coltrane lead to study in New York and London. My thesis was on the Theology of John Coltrane as expressed through A Love Supreme. I perform across Europe with various jazz groups and teach through my innovative website, I'm a total Apple Geek, Cricket, Rugby, F1 and Football fan and I'm learning to listen opinions before giving my own!