Transcription of Nat King Cole’s Piano Solo on Route 66

Transcription of Nat King Cole’s Piano Solo on Route 66, with brief theoretical analysis.

The great Nat King Cole did a beautiful piano solo over popular tune Route 66 in this youtube video:


Here’s the transcription of his improvised piano solo in PDF format:


Observe the first few bars of the transcription, a motif with a length of a dotted minim was repeated a couple of times.





Towards the end of the solo, a group of notes, stacked together in fixed interval between each other, were used.





The result was a sound that’s somewhat similar to block chords.

Have fun and Enjoy. 😀


  • mark

    Reply Reply February 10, 2010

    thanks! cheers.

    • Ariel

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      Mark ! The transcription is lost since a hacker attack some years ago. Could you helps us by making it available ?

  • Benny

    Reply Reply February 26, 2010

    I would be willing to pay for more Nat King Cole piano transcriptions.

  • Victor siu

    Reply Reply November 12, 2015

    Link doesn’t work. Please do more Nat cole transcriptions. He’s my favorite piano player of all time.

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