Oleo-Miles Davis Solo from Relaxin’

by | Jazz Improvisation, Miles Davis

If you’re serious about jazz, I’m sure you know the importance of being able to improvise over the I-VI-II-V progression. There are hundreds of standards featuring these changes, so its mastery is crucial. But note that although this progression may appear over a ballad, when a tune is designated specifically as “Rhythm Changes”, it is meant to be played very uptempo! This is where it gets difficult for many players because the chords go by so fast that it’s hard to create a melody.

Ever since Charlie Parker started playing amazing 8th note based lines at blazing tempos over Rhythm Changes, it has become the norm for the majority of players to do so. That is, except for Miles Davis!

In this lesson I show you exactly how Miles took a different approach than his bebop predecessors. To do so, I play and show you note per note, what Miles did over his solo on Oleo, off the “Relaxin with the Miles Davis Quintet” album. Among other eye opening details, you will understand how Miles (and many of the greats) approach busy chord changes at break neck tempos!


The “Oleo-Miles Davis Solo from Relaxin” lesson files, can be downloaded for $8.00. The download includes the following files:  PDFs with both regular notation and detailed TAB for the solo, MP3s and Band in a Box files of everything, and also Midi files if you rather practice using  “Guitar Pro” or the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score”.

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  1. Duncan Herring

    As always, Richie did an amazing transcription and analysis in preparing for this lesson, and he played Miles solos beautifully on the guitar. As always, I am amazed at his entire presentation. These lessons provide a wealth of expertly organized and presented material at a very modest price.

    Not everyone likes everything that Miles put together and played; however, he certainly deserves the continuing intense popularity of his work. Richie has done some earlier work that involves Miles. I am very happy to see and get a chance to work with the current lesson on the solos of Miles.

    • Richie Zellon

      Thanks Duncan, for your kind feedback. Just wish there would be more interest in this kind of stuff in the YouTube jazz guitar community…

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