Miles Davis Solo on “Autumn Leaves”

by | Jazz Standards, Miles Davis

In this video I teach a solo that I believe every serious jazz student should learn, regardless of what instrument they play! I’m referring of course to Miles Davis’ solo over Autumn Leaves, off the classic Cannonball Adderley album entitled “Something Else”.

This rendition of Autumn Leaves is played at a fairly relaxed tempo and features Miles’ signature use of space between his phrases. Even though it’s not technically demanding to play, I believe the real challenge lies in emulating Miles’ elastic sense of timing. Listen to how he anticipates some notes while playing others slightly behind the beat. In the video I play along with the recording and though I found the notes fairly easy to play… doing so in unison with Miles took some practice!


The “Miles Davis_Autumn Leaves” Files can be downloaded for $6.00. Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes: a PDF of the solo guitar arrangement with both regular notation and TAB, and a Band In A Box file .

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  1. Jerry Burger

    Thanks for your diligent work!

  2. marco barichello

    Hi, great work! Is possible to have the pdf of the partiture?

    • Richie Zellon

      Yes, the link is underneath the video…

  3. Luiz Manoel Cunha

    Hi Richie
    God bless you for your work.
    This lessons are all I did want at very long time ago. Thank you very much .

    • Richie Zellon

      You’re very welcome! Brasileiro?

  4. George Gaskell

    Why can’t I download the tab?

    • Richie Zellon

      You should be able to if you are logged in. Please describe what happens when you click on the link.

  5. Steve Crain

    Thanks Richie – so good!

  6. mohamed mohamed

    thanx for this nice solo

    • Richie Zellon

      My pleasure!

  7. Michel Giroux

    Great solo! thanks for the transcription Richie

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