Transcribed: There Will Never Be Another You – Woody Shaw

 

 

One of the first transcriptions I posted on this site was Kenny Garrett’s solo on There Will Never Be Another You. It comes from Woody Shaw’s “Solid” album. I’ve always liked this record since I bought it, but I had never learned any of Woody Shaw’s solos until now. It’s cool to see the different ways Woody plays outside and how he resolves those lines. I also enjoying seeing how clear and deliberate each phrase was. As a listener, I had the feeling that, at the end of each phrase, Woody Shaw waited until he was ready with a strong melodic idea before playing again.

As always, I used Transcribe! for learning the solo. This time around, I found a really cool feature. You can slow your selection down to whatever speed you’d like and export it as a .wav file. It will play at your selected speed and you can choose the number of times the selection repeats. Really cool stuff! After exporting the file at half speed, I put it on my iPod, kept it on repeat in my car, and sang along. That really helped me get a good feel for the time and articulation.

Notes:
The solo was, of course, originally played on trumpet, but it is playable on tenor in one of two ways.
1. In measure 20, beginning on the E on beat 2, play the rest of that phrase up an octave, and then play the rest of the solo as written.
2. For a good altissimo workout, play the entire solo up an octave. This is what I did and it doesn’t get too crazy/awkward aside from measures 16 and 17.
3. Trumpet players – Please forgive me if there any idiomatic trumpet devices (half-valves, etc.) that I didn’t notate. If you see/hear anything like that, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll make any necessary changes.

 

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