Transcribing When the Saints

Our second transcription course to follow on from our ‘Memorising Chord Changes’ course is Stanley Turrentine’s solo over ‘When the Saints’.

Recorded on Jimmy Smith’s 1964 Blue Note album, ‘Prayer Meetin‘, this version of ‘When the Saints’ is a bit more ‘modern’ than the New Orleans versions you will have heard.

I want you to take a good listen to the whole track, not just the solo from 2:43 – 3:05 – make sure you can follow the chord changes, BEFORE starting the 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!