Michel Camilo From Within Transcription

I couldn’t forget the day I first saw this video a few years back, showing michel camilo and his band firing away on  this song “from within”, in the ground breaking latin music documentary video Calle 54.  It was a jaw dropping, feet tapping experience for me, and I am sure that goes for many musicians out there also. Here’s the video again in case any of you missed it in the previous post.


The energetic El Negro on drums is nothing short of amazing, Anthony Jackson is definitely the best man to sit in as the bassist for this session.  Seeing the three of them thundering away is like what many would say, “as if witnessing a miracle”……

I am sure many of you are dying to try out this song, here is the transcription on another recording of this song I have in his Rendezvous album, which is enough to give you a good idea of what to do and a head start to playing it. Also check out his solo I transcribed for you guys.

Michel Camilo From Within Transcription

It’s very interesting to analyze Michel’s solo over some basic 2-5-1 , or sometimes even only through a static chord. A solo that’s crowded with 16 notes, rendering a typical latin feel in it. Extensive use of the half dimished scale again through many of the the dominant 7th chords.

Enjoy and have fun…. 😀

Also check out these other great transcriptions, together with video and in depth analysis:

I Love You Porgy Advance Reharmonization Techniques

Round Midnight Advance Reharmonization Techniques

There are also a lot to learn from these transcription of Pat Metheney and Oteil Burbridge’s playing:

Pat Metheney Mp3 and Transcription of And Then I Knew

Advance Blues Solo Techniques


  • Fabian Skarmeta

    Reply Reply August 17, 2007

    Thx men, great job.

    • Fred

      Reply Reply February 7, 2013

      Hello 🙂

      Thanks a lot, but the link for the “From Within” transcription you did is dead !
      Can you send it to me, or create a new link ?

      Thanks a lot 🙂


  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply August 18, 2007

    glad u liked it… check out the rest of the transcription, im sure u will enjoyed it too…:)

  • Kjell

    Reply Reply October 21, 2007


    I try to learn the “Within”,but my pc(powerbook)can not read the transcription.
    Is there a way around to open the file?

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply October 21, 2007

    The transcription is in PDF format. I’ve check it and didn’t find any problems with it. If u still cannot open it, there might be a few possibilities:
    – u dun hv adobe reader in ur pc, u shud install it
    – u r using and older version of adobe reader, u shud upgrade it

    If u still cannot open the file, the last option is for me to send the raw file to you which is in FINALE 2004 version. But you would need that program to open it.

    Let me noe, always happy to help… 🙂

  • Kjell

    Reply Reply October 22, 2007

    Thank you very much for your kind help. I didnt have the Adobe,now I can see the pdf. This will speed up the learning of this master piece!

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply October 22, 2007

    Anytime. Good luck practising.. 🙂

  • Oleg

    Reply Reply September 7, 2008

    Hi! Could I ask you about any transcriptions of Michel Camilo`s themes? Is there way to get it from you? Please let me know!


  • dely

    Reply Reply December 12, 2008

    i-ve never seen or heard anything like this precious performance.
    thank u so much for it.

  • dom

    Reply Reply April 25, 2009

    hey does anyone have the sheet music for anthonys blues (michel camillo)??

  • NRN

    Reply Reply August 10, 2009

    Love Michel Camilo! Looking for sheet music to “Remembrance” – any ideas, guys?

  • Pelado

    Reply Reply October 7, 2009

    Love it!!
    Do you have any idea where can I find the original sheetmusic of this tune?
    My bests.

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply October 17, 2009

    I always do a browse the internet for any excisting transcription or sheet music before I start transcribing. So basically if u c my transcription uploaded here, it means:
    a) I couldn’t find any original sheetmusic or transcription for the tune
    b) The original sheetmusic or transcription is too expensive for me to purchase, 🙂


    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    i now that is song from spain again album but on spain again she’s slow and here’s she fast.What’s the name of this album does anybody now??????Please

  • Bill McAuliffe

    Reply Reply November 1, 2010

    E.G. “From Within” : composer: Michel Camilo. I have downloaded the “body” of the piece, but am interested in transcriptions of the Intro, montunas, and solos. I am prepared to re-convene my work on this…but you know…procrastination, laziness, instant gratification? Ha! By the way there are two “versions”: One is the DVD version from the DVD Calle 54; and/or the CD version. Any help or guidance e.g. to this would be much appreciated! Bill McAuliffe lahabrabill@roadrunner.com

  • pablo

    Reply Reply January 26, 2011

    thank you so much for this, i have enjoyed your transcription a lot, it is really good.=)
    thanks again.

  • Bill McAuliffe

    Reply Reply April 7, 2011

    Did I read correctly? Do you have transcriptions of the solo(s)? I would be very much interested in getting them if available. I have spent countless hours working on this. There seem to be at least 3 versions 9out of many I presume) I have 1 where the Dm descending “powerfulchords” has the bass descending diatonically, but another where the bas descends by 5ths? Thanks for your help.

  • Bill McAuliffe

    Reply Reply April 7, 2011

    I found the bass part (head) to “From Within” on a New Zealand (?) webiste: jazzpiano.?.nz (?) Wish I could be more specific.

  • Bill McAuliffe

    Reply Reply November 25, 2011

    FINALLY have come close to finishing two versions. Am going to have a friend help me “clear it up” via Finale, and make corrections, additions, etc. Hope to share next year. (This is e.g. “From Within”- Michel Camilo)

  • Bill McAuliffe

    Reply Reply November 25, 2011

    Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S Nov. 24th, 2011.

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