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#1133409 - 05/26/07 06:42 PM oscar peterson transcriptions
gpiu Offline
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Registered: 04/30/07
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Loc: sf bay area
Hi there,

I would be interested in finding transcriptions of peterson's solo recordings, particularly from 'My Favorite Instrument'. Does such music exist? I tried a wav to midi converter, and the results were not great.

Many thanks

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#1133410 - 05/27/07 01:43 AM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
RhondaLynne Offline
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The best online source I've found for transcriptions is:


#1133411 - 05/28/07 02:50 AM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
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You have picked probably the most intense and difficult jazz pianist to emulate. If it were possible to play like Oscar Peterson,there would be others like him. I grant you some of his passages are copy-able, as is some of his style. But there's only one Oscar Peterson. Breathtaking... simply 'out of this world'.

Have you got his DVD of the 1977 Montreaux Jazz Festival. If not,I would get it. All the best,


#1133412 - 05/28/07 12:01 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
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Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
And I am Marie of Romania.

#1133413 - 05/29/07 09:21 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
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Thanks for the info everyone. I'll chase down the Hansen edition of Peterson's music. In terms of peterson's playability, his technique is great and very fluid. I was fortunate to listen to him play at Yoshis in oakland some years back. I've played a couple of tatum's transcriptions within the context of a classical recital, and the music was very well received. I am looking forward to do the same with Peterson.
I realize I'll never be able to play like him, just want to play one of his arrangements.

#1133414 - 05/30/07 01:02 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
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Loc: Massachusetts
Don't know if this helps as these are not solos, but

Oscar Peterson's Trios in the Artist Transcriptions Piano series from Hal Leonard, includes 19 pieces

C-Jam Blues is in Jazz: Authentic transcriptions from 23 Classic Performances from Jazz Piano Masters, also from Hal Leonard.

These are both still in print.
If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.

#1133415 - 05/31/07 02:28 AM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
swingal Offline
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Loc: England
Transcriptions are of no use to pianists that cannot read music, I'm unfortunately in this position. I have the pitch OK but need to hear the song and stick it in the subconscious mind for later recall. The rest is practice.

On the above topic Oscar was slightly easier to play from transcriptions of 1965 than the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival masterpiece.

Alan (swingal)

#1133416 - 05/31/07 07:12 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions
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Registered: 01/02/06
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Loc: Hong Kong
There are maybe a dozen books of Oscar Peterson transcriptions on Amazon ... just search OP under books.

The PG Music Note for Note is best, I think, because you have the CD (and a few videos)

But with OPs playing, there is a whole different approach to touch (and rhythm for the classical players). OP is physically big, with strong, heavy hands, and this allows him to articulate very full chords, plus phrasing, etc. are very unique. To capture his style, you need to think holistically. Look at him at the piano, and he literally dominates the instrument (that's why he had to move up to a Bosendorfer with 97 keys ;-) )

OP is so good because he began with top notch classical technique (a bit unusual for jazz pianists) and actively combined it with challenging jazz passages and what seem to be pretty awesome reflexes. It's about the most difficult jazz you can find, and you'll be hard pressed to imitate him.
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#1422910 - 04/23/10 08:04 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions [Re: westland]
Leandrusi Offline
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So at the end the answer seems to be: "NO,WE DONT HAVE ANY"! uh?. Why dont say so directly haha!

Here, this will like you ;D


#1762384 - 09/30/11 02:22 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions [Re: gpiu]
Jazzic Offline
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Registered: 09/30/11
Posts: 1
Oscar Peterson transcriptions - http://piano-transcriptions.narod.ru/

#1762594 - 09/30/11 09:51 PM Re: oscar peterson transcriptions [Re: swingal]
Hidden son of Teddy Wilson Offline
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Originally Posted By: swingal
You have picked probably the most intense and difficult jazz pianist to emulate.

That would be Art Tatum (whom, BTW, Peterson tried a lot to emulate). Peterson is awesome though.

The good thing about trying to emulate someone who's that far out of reach, is that you have to find your own way of integrating some of the stuff, since you can't copy verbatim. It forces you to think and develop your own method.


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