In this week’s video we are talking about Charlie Christian’s solo on Rose Room. I know there are a lot of transcription videos available on this particular solo already floating around on YouTube, but I still wanted to throw my hat in the ring on this one. For that, I decided to take a slightly different approach and break the solo down in two different ways.
First, I wanted to break the solo down harmonically so we can get an idea of what Charlie might have been thinking, and you can get an idea of why this solo might be so important in jazz education. Second, I wanted to try and approximate the way that he may have played this solo. This is always a great thing to do when working up a transcription from another guitarist. It gives you an idea of how they approached the fingerboard and how some chord shapes may have worked best in their playing. This is a great way to help you discover arpeggio shapes and different ways to attack the guitar neck most efficiently.
The last thing I’ll say about this, if you are into jazz guitar and are not familiar with this solo I highly encourage you to get familiar with it. Charlie Christian is a huge part of the modern evolution of guitar. Developing an attachment to history is very important for developing your own style and sound.
The PDF chart (including tab) is built into the video lesson so it’s not linked here, but if you’d like a PDF copy I’d be happy to send one to you, just let me know.