I was going through some jazz music and I encountered these four dots above a note leading into an improv solo:

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What do they mean? Is it a doit, or does it signify going up in the following solo? Here are the following measures:

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    @AndrewLi Can you provide a picture of the next measure? – Richard Apr 3 '17 at 3:23
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    Hmm. At first I thought it was just a dotted slur, and since it was at the end of the line the slur stopped midway, where it would begin again at the start of the next line. But that doesn't seem to be the case, so I'm unfortunately at a loss. – Richard Apr 3 '17 at 3:27
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    Perhaps it means optionally hold the A and make it the first note of the solo? – Todd Wilcox Apr 3 '17 at 4:04
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    I think the composer made it up & only he knows what he was thinking – Carl Witthoft Apr 3 '17 at 12:41
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    @Andrew Li, Perhaps you could contact that composer directly. – Michael Curtis Apr 5 '17 at 19:06

It's an optional slur. That's why it's dotted. There's a solo section after that note right? It's just saying you can hold that A into the solo if you want. Optional


It can ben an optional slur like Kidd671 said but it can also be anything you can imagine. Here, the composer let you deceide what you feel this dotted line is : continue, go up, whatever improvise your solo starts here. The second page you showed us is just the form and suggested notes to use for your solo, just for inspiration. You do not have to follow theses notes all the time, of course, and you do not need to use all of them! Just go on and play. In resume we could say : from the start of that "A", you are absolutely free to do whatever you feel for

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