• This is a collection of assorted resources - not a complete, step-by-step system!
• Free for personal use (if you share please attribute me).
• The key is to explore & internalise the ideas before applying them to your instrument.
• Any questions or comments welcome. Contact me by email or on Facebook.
So now, what do I mean by working backwards? As well as starting from the beginning and building new structures from scratch, it is equally fruitful & important to reverse-engineer our heroes' work. That is transcribing, investigating and assimilating the sounds and ideas we wish to emulate.
This section collates various bits and pieces I've transcribed in order to disassemble them, to try to discover their inner workings so I can aim to reproduce not just the surface, but the essence of the music of the masters. This is a very similar process that a classical musician will undertake when learning a work - to try to get inside the composer's mind so as to make the best possible interpretive decisions.
The goal is to develop and adopt new vocabulary and grammar while at the same time training subconscious decision-making processes that lead a master to create an iconic musical moment.
You are welcome to these sheets, but bear in mind a great deal of the value is in the process of transcription itself - even if we are talking about fragments. It can also be very informative for you and a friend to work on the same material then compare notes.