Creating notation for a piece of music based on a performance recording. This can also refer to rewriting music for a different instrumentation than what was originally intended.

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Why can't we play what people speak?

Why it is so hard maybe impossible to play what people speak ? Is what people say transcribable ? If no then, What prevents us from transcribing what people speak ? What is the difference between ...
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How to transcribe the impossible?

Years ago, I remember seeing sheet music for Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock version of the "Star Spangled Banner". The transcription had a little introduction, in which the transcriber conceded that the ...
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Classical guitar pieces that were originally composed for the piano

I am looking for a style of Classical guitar that I'm not sure exists. Take this piece as an example, Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 No. 5. I find that this piece, although created for the piano, sounds ...
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Truth behind Mozart memorizing Miserere and then writing it down later in full

A previous question/answer here mentioned Mozart's ability (when he was a teenager) to sit and listen to a performance of Allegri's Miserere, remember most of the details, and then write it down later ...
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Slowing Down To Transcribe

Is there some consensus/study on whether one should slow down music which one cannot play just by hearing it a couple of times (if the goal is to improve as a musician)? If I got a fast run, I can ...
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What Software Can I use to Capture Midi and Transcribe as Real Notation?

I'm a guitarist who is working on Jazz transcription. I'm doing OK with identifying the right notes and fingering, but am struggling with notating rhythm. It would be really useful if I could plug an ...
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What happened to the orchestral scores of Johann Strauss?

As far as I understand, Johann Strauss and his family attempted to burn many of his scores. For this reason, most of them are not to be found on IMSLP. Is this true? One reason I am confused is ...
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What is transcribing music supposed to teach?

Having never transcribed a piece of music, what benefits can be had from doing this? Are there any reasons I should shy away from transcribing music or will it make me a better musician? How will it ...
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How to be fluent in music writing

The title can sound broad, but my question is not. I have a background of 4 years of solfege that I have done a long time ago. A few years ago I became a big fan of piano, I spent months listening to ...
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Where to upload (keyboard) transcriptions?

Once in a while I transcribe keyboard parts or solos. I think some (if only a few) people may be interested, so ideally I would like my transcriptions to be found when someone Googles <the name of ...
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Are there reliable free/cheap software tools which will transcribe a sung melody/lyric?

I am not after product recommendation but information on if this type of product exists outside of expensive dedicated music software. For instance I sing a little melody line while strumming a ...
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How do I write music down from a recording?

I am a beginning piano student. I bought some sheet music to play Make Someone Happy, written by Jule Styne, and made famous by Jimmy Durante. The problem is that the sheet music starts with the ...
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Vocal free-time song: legato question, and slur (“portamento” vs “glissando”) specific case

I am an absolute beginner to music theory, and I am starting to study some songs which are free time (ie no time signature). Looking at this score: tentatively transcribed from this tune: ...
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Score transcription community

This is my first question on this SE site so I'm not 100% sure I have the right scope ;-) I'm looking for an online platform / community to get help transcribing and arranging tracks. I tend to do ...
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Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner

I'm want to transcribe some jazz piano, but I can't find any easy pianists to transcribe. For saxophone, people like Stan Getz and Lester Young play quite slowly most of the time, so I can transcribe ...
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Improving bass transcription skill

I’m trying to get in the habit of transcribing music. I don’t have a lot of experience, so my ear isn’t very good yet, and in particular I often have trouble distinguishing parts of the bass line from ...
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How to identify the duration of notes that I hear (In my head or on records)

This is something that bothers me for too long, not that I practiced it, much but every time I try to practice it... it seems like climbing a mountain. How do you identify the note duration of a ...
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Comparing MIDI recordings with real/electric piano notes via microphone

I'm looking to design a mobile app which displays piano notes from a MIDI file and follows the user playing, warning them when they make a mistake and giving them a score at the end. I'm trying to do ...
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How to insert lyrics in TuxGuitar?

Currently I try to transcribe a song and I want to save the tab with TuxGuitar. For better orientation I want to display the lyrics of the song below the tab like in this image. Image from ...
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Resource of musical phrases good for practicing transcriptions?

One common suggestion for improving ear training is to transcribe songs. However, songs can be long and can vary in complexity. As such, I'm looking for a book or website of musical phrases that can ...
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Need help identifying this scale

Yesterday my friend sent me a recording of a song. I was particularly stunned and interested in a scale (maybe not a scale, but it does sound like one.) I decided to upload the scale here: ...
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How to notate this ornament?

I'm transcribing a piano ballad by a contemporary-progressive-symphonic-chamber-rock band, and I have come across these two ornaments. Each first measure on the below image shows the passage without ...
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Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?

Among folk musicians, tunes are mostly transmitted by ear. However, having the music written in standard notation (as we say "the dots") would very useful, particularly when you need to play a tune ...
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How can I extract or recreate audio for one or more instrumental/vocal parts from a recording?

(In the spirit of this meta-post, and so, in response to this question…) What approaches can be taken to extract or recreate audio for one or more individual parts from a recording with several ...
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What is the final chord in the “two and a half men” theme [closed]

I just can't figure out this chord. I browsed the availble free sheet music and they all seem to substitute this chord for something more trivial. Likewise on the few available youtube covers. I ...
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How do I approximate instruments when arranging an orchestral piece for brass ensemble

I am going to arrange Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod for British brass band. I am not sure if it will be a good fit, but it is worth a try. The instrumentation that I am writing for is standard: ...
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Evidence about accuracy of human music transcription

I was wondering if anyone knows about any studies investigating the accuracy with which musicians are capable of transcribing polyphonic music? This could include any type of musical style (classical ...
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Clarinet extension in Wagner's Tannhauser

A.S. I'm sorry if this question may seem stupid. I've been playing a the viola since years in many orchestras but I'm still a complete ignorant in the field of woodwinds. I've been trying to ...
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Where can I find Drum Scores / Sheet Music?

What Websites offer quality Drum Scores /Sheet Music (not Tabs)?
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Finding the “Starting point” when creating a composition or score

This is a fairly simple one, and hopefully not too wide-open to be permitted here: what approaches are available when sitting at a fresh screen or sheet of paper, or at your instrument, to create the ...
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Transcribing Piano Chords for Guitar

I've recently started playing rhythm guitar in my church's worship service. The more contemporary songs I don't really have a problem with. It's the traditional songs that are giving me some pain ...
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How can I change the time signature to make the score easier to read?

I'm trying to transcribe a pop song. I'm fairly sure that the time signature is 2/4 since it has a ONE two ONE two, feel like a march. My problem is that it's a fast song and contains so many 32th ...
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Are there any publicly available databases for automatic polyphonic music transcription?

I conduct research on automatic transcription of polyphonic music. Currently, I use MAPS dataset. In particular, I need monophonic recordings to be used as training data and polyphonic ones to be ...
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Capturing music in my head

Here's a strange question, so I welcome improvements... Since I can remember, I've had grand orchestrated music pop into my head throughout the day-- sort of a musical dreaming. It's really good ...
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Where can i find good transcriptions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sites with a good selection of sheet music i have been searching for sheet music for the song Don't Mess With Mr. T by Stanley Turrentine for quite some time on google, ...
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Is there a computer program to transcribe songs to sheet music? [closed]

Is there a computer program that I can use where I upload a favourite song and it'll transcribe it to sheet music for me? I'd like to play Running up That Hill by Placebo but I don't want to buy the ...
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Tool to help “read” sheet music

I'd like to learn how to sing songs. I have sheet music with 4 part harmony, but I don't really know how to read notes that well. Are there any tools that can sort of read sheet music for me? Like if ...
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Software that slows down music to help in transcribing

While reading some of the questions about transcribing music here. I have come across these software tools that allow to slow down music and manipulate it freely. I think this is very interesting ...
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How to transcribe music by ear?

Often times we find ourselves enjoying a piece of music that, for whatever reason, we are unable to find appropriate documentation/tablature for. What are good practices for transcribing music by ear ...
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How can I get a song tabbed?

There's a song I've been dying to play, relatively simple, but I'm not good enough to figure out how to tab it. How can I get a song tabbed if I can't do it myself?