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The Guitar Riffs, Themes, Outros of  Charlie Christian


Transcriptions of passages such as heads and outros,
as played by Charlie Christian,
which are not included in the regular Solos Transcriptions section

in standard notation with tablature including left-hand fingering denotation


  Charlie Christian’s most popular recording — “FLYING HOME” — 1939 rendering

  Charlie Christian’s most quoted riffs — “SEVEN COME ELEVEN” — 1940 aircheck

  Charlie Christian-Lionel Hampton composition — “SHIVERS” — 1939 composite


(Click on the tune title)


< Tempo & Time listed on the introductory pages are averaged for the tunes encompassed in the composites >

Flying Home theme, chords & riffs, outro



Seven Come Eleven intro, theme, riffs, outro

May 28, 1940


Shivers intro, theme, riffs, outro




< Tempo & Time listed on the introductory pages are averaged for the tunes encompassed in the composites >

Charlie Christian transcriptions published by others can be referenced in the Clive Downs Bibliography.




Chord Notations and Fingering Symbols:

The chord names placed above the standard notation are the basic harmony of the tune.

The chord names above the tablature represent the chord changes in Charlie Christian’s solo.
Often there is an overlap of one or more notes between chords—the chord names are placed as close as possible to the chord change.

The symbols used to indicate the left-hand fingering employed on the fingerboard are explained in the following table:




i index forefinger
m medius middle
a annular ring
c corto little/pinky
p pollex thumb


ultimus nota bene:

The music scores are not intended as a tutorial – there are many publications available (see the solos bibliography) to instruct the novice guitarist.  The tablatures in particular are designed to document the fascinating manner in which Charlie Christian actually played with so much vibrancy and joie de vivre.


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