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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Any ideas what's the rhythm here? [on hold]

The rhythm in question is in the video starting at 1:17, with the lyrics "If you need me, call me up on Avogadro's number". Any help is much appreciated!! EDIT: To ...
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Why did Liszt change/add so much to his piano transcription of Danse Macabre?

I'm interested to hear if anything is known about the reasons why Liszt decided to introduce some pretty significant changes/additions to the piano transcription of Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-...
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How to transcribe speech onto a musical instrument

I recently came across the work of the bass player MonoNeon. In some of his videos he mimics the pitch inflection and rhythm of speech on his bass. Here's his take on part of a political speech: you ...
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Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner [closed]

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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How to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature; even if different parts of the song have different time signatures, there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing the ...
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How to transcribe Indian classical music using Western music notation?

I recently started playing violin in the Western musical style (as opposed to Indian music). At the end I want to play some Indian music like this example http://rushisbiz.com/bombay-theme-piano-notes/...
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How much theory and how much transcribing?

I am a classically trained pianist, and I consider myself to be decent at playing. However I'm a poor sight in jazz, which is something that I really like. This summer I plan to study jazz thoroughly, ...
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How to notate different composers in different sections of a piece?

I'm arranging a medley of songs with different composers and am stuck on how to notate the composers. I've thought of listing the composers with their songs as they appear in the music (I'm already ...
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PhotoScore and AudioScore is grayed out.

I've installed trial version of Sibelius software for OS X in order to transcribe some audio tracks. However when I'm on Import tab (in Quick Start), PhotoScore and AudioScore are disabled, so I can'...
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How to determine the tuning of a song? [closed]

I am trying to transcribe a part of the Tears in Heaven duet by Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov that's found here. Specifically, I am trying to figure out the notes played by Tommy starting at 1:03 ...
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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 4-...
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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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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 do I figure out whether rhythms have beats with 2/3-1/3 splits or 3/4-1/4 splits?

I am trying to transcribe this song for piano. This is my progress so far (ignore the 8vb, I am planning to switch the left- and right-hand parts). I am having trouble figuring out whether the ...
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Complementary program to Transcribe!

I've started using Transcribe! to figure out some of my favorite pieces that lack sheet music and get better at transcription by ear. I think it's a super helpful program. However, it doesn't seem ...
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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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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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How do I transcribe a melody without an instrument?

Suppose you're in a coffee shop without any instrument. In your hands are just your cell phone, headphones, a pencil and paper. Are there any technique or tool that can help transcribe a melody (eg ...
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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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How do I spot original sheet music?

First off, I am a novice with piano; played until junior freshman years, then stopped. Now, twenty years later I'm picking it up again. I have always preferred to play popular or classic music as it ...
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Determine whether to keep the original key when arranging a solo piece

Is there any best practice? Or perhaps how should you do it. To keep the original key or not, while playing a solo piece. I have several pieces by Bach which I would like to perform and possibly also ...
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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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Classical guitar pieces that were originally composed for the piano [closed]

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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Wrong Time Signature or Syncopated?

I am trying to assess the time signature of a song I'm transcribing. Initially, I thought it was in 4/4, but with this, very few of the verse chord changes happen on the beat. 4/4 might still be ...
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Can't hear, who's playing the “Ab” in this piece called “Day and Night”

I am not entirely sure, whether such a specific question is on topic here, but here goes: I'm trying to transcribe "Day and Night" by a composer called Yasuharu Takanashi (on YouTube) . So far it was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I find Drum Scores / Sheet Music?

What Websites offer quality Drum Scores /Sheet Music (not Tabs)?
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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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: https://...
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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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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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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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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 ...