Jazz Solo Transcription of On Green Dolphin Street

Learn how to improvise a solo over Jazz Standard On Green Dolphin Street, with transcription, video and brief analysis.
This is the solo piano video of the jazz standard posted by theimprovisor. The transcription I’ve prepared for this post is from 01m45s until 02m56s of the video


Here’s my transcription in PDF format.


The left hand part is basically spreading out chord tones in this two types of rhythmic figure


Thus helping to maintain a salsa feel throughout the solo.


Sliding to the 3rd and 5th note of the key, from the note one semitone below, would produce a bluesy feel

This is the technique applied in these two bars of the transcription


The chords are evidently the ii-V-I of the C major key. Refering to the degree of scale in this key, the 3rd and 5th note would be E and G. Thus,

  • The D# is used to slide to E
  • The F# is used to slide to G

When applied, we immediately hear a bluesy kind of feel to the solo lines in these two bars.


The D/C and Db/C chords are actually treated as D7/C and Dbmaj7/C respectively, which requires the use of different scales to solo over. Here’s a sample of a solo line over these two chords found in the transcription


  • The half diminished scale is used over the D7/C chord
  • The Db lydian scale is used over the Dbmaj7/C chord

Hope you find this transcription and analysis educational. Feel free to drop comment on any further enquiries.
Have fun and Enjoy… ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Check out also the transcription of the starting few minutes of this video in this post :

Learn to play On Green Dolphin Street in Salsa, with video, transcription and analysis

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Michel Camilo From Within Transcription

Learn how to play salsa piano guaje

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  • Chanya

    Reply Reply October 18, 2007

    It’s really good mann….. Please don’t stop your work, it would be useful for everybody including me also.

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply October 18, 2007

    thanx a lot for your kind words… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jake H

    Reply Reply September 23, 2009

    Are the chords in the solo transcription pdf the same as in the normal sheet music for non solo’s ???? please respond

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply October 17, 2009

    It depends on which fake book you are refering to. But I believe being such a good pianist, he took the liberty in altering some of the harmonies.

  • Earnie Earache

    Reply Reply February 4, 2013

    Why do you fuckin piano players play Flight Of The Bumble Bee When it ‘s our turn to take a chorus. Get a life.

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