Over time, transcribing can become a hobby for serious jazz musicians. Jazz students in conservatories often hang together and share their latest transcribed licks. And part of the fun of writing out others’ parts is listening for hours and scouring obscure records to find material that speaks to you. With practice, experimentation, and time, the licks that you “stole” to imitate your idols can become a valid part of your personal vocabulary. In this lesson we’ll explore a transcription of a Roy Haynes phrase and vary it to demonstrate ways to make it your own.

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