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As said, the lower tone is the basis for working out the interval's name. If you are trying to work out the interval of a descending step e.g C followed by G below, simply reverse the order of the two tones in your mind, and you'll know your answer. Nothing more complicated than that!


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For a while I tried transcribing traditional Christmas tunes from memory to address this. They are tunes that I know by heart, typically have simple melodies and (implied) harmonic structure, it is easy to find sheet music for them to compare my transcription etc. I'd expect that no matter what your cultural background is, you should be able to identify ...


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Transcribe a musical phrase from a song. Just pick a verse, chorus, or bridge and transcribe it. Break the song down into pieces instead of searching for a musical phrase. You have to transcribe songs eventually and the way to start is by breaking the song apart.


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If you play along with the song, I don't really think there is any need for you to use a metronome. You have the song to keep the tempo for you. If you try to learn the song while reading a sheet music or in a way you don't have anything to keep your tempo steady, you should always use a metronome. It is the only way you can be sure you keep your tempo ...


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A metronome is simply a timekeeper. It does get used for technical practice such as scales and arpeggios, which, for exam purposes, need to be played in military fashion. Apart from that, there are not loads of songs which use consecutive notes from a key (scales) for more than a few notes. So being capable of running up and down scales to a ticking ...



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