Transcription of Chick Corea on Morning Sprite

Transcription of Chick Corea’s piano solo on Morning Sprite, with brief analysis

Morning Sprite is one of my favourite Chick Corea’s composition, for his acoustic trio. Here’s a live video of Chick Corea’s Akoustic Band performing Morning Sprite on youtube.


Chick Corea’s improvised piano solo in this clip is nothing short of amazing. Here’s the transcription I did on the piano solo part only, in the usual PDF format.



Quartal chords are very useful tools, not just for voicings purposes, but also during jazz solo improvisation.

First, lets see the choices of quartal chords available over an A dorian harmony.



We can see that for a harmony based on a certain dorian scale, there will be 5 sets of quartals available to us.

Here’s an example of the master Chick Corea applying quartals in his solo.

Observe bar 53 of the transcription.



The quartal observed here, over an F#m7,  is equivalent to the second quartal for the A dorian example shown earlier.

Observe also bar 146 of the transcription.


The quartal observed here, over a G#m7 is equivalent to the third quartal for the A dorian example shown earlier. 

Every jazz musicians should practise using these 5 quartals, until he/she is comfortable applying them over any set of dorian harmony. 

Enjoy and have fun …….  😀


  • Edgardo Cotto

    Reply Reply March 4, 2010

    I’m Paraplegic and play piano so i learn very much and i like play and the music of Chick Corea.

  • Nicky Maldonado

    Reply Reply May 8, 2010

    Muchas Gracias, Thank you

  • kyle

    Reply Reply February 16, 2011

    Would you mind transcribing just the piano intro?


  • George Candreva

    Reply Reply November 14, 2014

    Please tell me how to get a copy of Chicks Piano Solo Transcription Of Morning Sprite. I can’t get my computer to download your PDF of it!

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