Transcribing Work Song
‘Work Song’ was written by Cornet player Nat Adderley and is performed here by his brother Julian, ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. It is a blues, but not in the strict 12-bar sense and swings like crazy!
My reason for choosing this song as a ‘transcription’ exercise was to highlight how important it is to learn music off recordings. The internet is a fantastic resource, but if all you do is learn to play along with the sheet music that somebody else has written down, how are you going to learn how to process this information yourself?
Many students come to me saying they struggle to improvise, to come out with creative ideas, or to keep going in a solo. I know I have, at times REALLY struggled to play solos like the way I want to, the answer is to LEARN THE SOLOS OFF THE RECORDINGS BY EAR!
Think that’s too hard? I don’t, let me show you how…..