Moscova soloing resource

There are two Moscova soloing videos – one that covers general soloing and one that goes into some more detailed ideas


Soloing is always over A (though we may have soloing over B written material to finish off a solo)

The first four bars are in C minor and second four bars are in Eb. So look at the music (you can download it below) and you’ll see chord notes (white notes) are safe notes and the colour notes (black) are in the key but don’t rest on them, just use them to move between white notes.

Have a play with it and remember soloing isn’t about being flash or fast, its just expressing yourself, so don’t worry about it.

This move, between relative minor major is common in Gypsy, Klezmer and East European music generally.

A bit more complicated?

The 8 th bar has a II-V-I progression to move from major to minor but instead of II being diminished it is MAJOR which gives some nice crunchy notes such as F sharp and B natural. Try this progression as arpeggios and then (on the white notes) gradually add in colour notes to be more melodic.

If you’re feeling more adventurous then there is another II-V-I in bars 6-7 but this stays within the scale of Eb so you could just use the Eb major scale for these and emphasize the chord notes – both will work.

The bottom 2 lines above show a route map through the complicated version but the simple version will work. Mix it up. Start simple and see where your ear leads you.

And remember – all the above is in concert key. It’s A minor and C major for altos and baritone. It’s D minor and F major for tenors and trumpets etc.

Play along with the backing tracks


  • Head – ABBC
  • Solos over AA
  • BBC
  • Head – ABBC

Sheet music for the tune