It is a tried and tested approach to learning jazz improvisation to transcribe other’s solos. Yes, we get the irony of this not really being improvising, but the idea is that you learn directly from the masters.
This is probably mostly a jazz thing, but the concept could easily be used for any musical genre. Obviously, this is not the first thing you’d want to throw yourself at, but even though the videos we found here are at an impressive level, you could definitely start out transcribing easier stuff and probably get a lot of new ideas and inspiration as well as loads of fun.
Interestingly, one of the great benefits that comes from transcribing solos is to copy other instruments. You may sometimes feel stuck in old, well-known patterns and ideas, and transcribing for instance sax, trumpet or piano solos could make you see things differently and you’d probably learn phrases that you would have never thought of on the bass before.
It sure seemed to work for these 5 guys, transcribing horn players like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane, as well as pianists like Cory Henry. Buckle up and get ready for a transcribing roller coaster ride.