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John Coltrane – ‘Giant Steps’ Solo Transcription

Having been on the ‘to do’ list for a few years, I finally got round to learning this iconic solo. The primary challenge was to find fingerings which would facilitate accurate execution of the lines at performance tempo (around 290bpm) whilst maintaining a representative articulation. Therefore, I’ve been as descriptive as possible in the transcription with regard to legato and slides I use – once my studio is finished later in the year I’ll upload a demonstration video also.

If you’re into it, download the transcription PDF here!

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  • For authenticity of rhythmic nuance please refer to the related audio recording when studying this transcription.

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John Coltrane - Giant Steps Web Transcription


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