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Tips On Transcribing

Jeff Brent (2731) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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Tips on Transcribing

On any transcription the VERY VERY first thing to do is to count it out.

Get out a few pages of blank manuscript paper and pencil 4 measures to a line.

Then count the bars while the music plays. You'll find that you'll soon recognize the different sections and get the arrangement down.

Don't rely on sections lasting an even 8 measures, you'll find plenty of occasions where there are 7 or 9 bar sections.

And then every once in a while someone will chop a bar in half just before the bridge (that's when you realize you have to re-count it out in "two").

I still do at least two "count throughs" (and generally more) before beginning the actual transcription phase.


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