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A free alternative to Transcribe, which allows you to do tons of other things too like removing vocals, is Audacity.


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I highly recommend interval training. I was essentially tone-deaf before starting interval training, and now have no problem recognizing notes and playing songs by ear. It provides a major advantage because you only need to figure out one note of the song. The next note can always be identified if you can recognize its interval from the previous note! I ...


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Transcribe helps you slow down the tempo whilst retaining the pitch. It also has other useful features for transcribing, such as placing bookmarks for sections, measures, and beats, and an equalizer for isolating instruments. Free for 30 days.


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For transcribing music, one does not need "perfect" pitch, just "good enough" pitch. And practice. If you can identify chords or harmony progression, a very common set of chords will be I, IV and V (so for the key of C major, those would be C, F & G). One thing you'll need to memorize is the circle of fifths (and how to fill out, or derive, a scale from ...


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Capo (only for Mac) is visually appealing and wonderfully easy to use. In addition to slowing music down without affecting pitch, it also uses frequency analysis to make educated guesses at the notes being played, which can speed up the transcription process tremendously.


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Great question! I just happen to have the Prelude on my desk at the moment - you've got a really interesting project on your hands there, but quite a lot of work - good luck! Hopefully I can add to jjmusicnotes really useful advice with some ideas that will make this a far simpler project for you. Firstly, from your question, it seems like you are ...


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The more music theory you know and understand, the more quickly you'll recognize common patterns and be able to transcribe them accurately. In addition, you can use software that slows the music down without changing its pitch. I've used both Capo and Amazing Slow Downer, and both work well for this purpose. In addition to slowing down the music, they ...


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Simply put, no. If you limit a song to single pure tones, it's pretty easy to write software to recgonize them and transcribe it. But once you get to a real instrument things get much harder. Even single notes can be difficult to recognize due to overtones -- the dominant frequency doesn't even need to be the fundamental frequency, which makes it very ...


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First of all, learning just basic music theory is a must. I don't know what your background is but if you're unable to read a piece of music it's likely you're going to have difficulty writing it. Learning how chords work is a must. Not only recognizing what they look like but if someone plays one on a piano or something you can recognize that its a major ...


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Unfortunately, the answer to your question is one that you can only ultimately provide. Orchestration is an art form unto itself, and your choices are personal and unique to your sense of nuance and knowledge of the music. For example, a particular melody or line given to a cornet will sound differently if given to the flugelhorn instead; though the same ...


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Here's the music theory behind what you are trying to do. The traditional hymnal arrangement of "Holy, Holy, Holy" can be played on piano or organ, but it is really a chorale arrangement. It is choir music, designed to be sung in four parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. When a pianist plays it, she is actually just playing the notes from the four vocal ...


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What you're talking about is a transcription service. However, these can be expensive, and the ones I found on a quick Google are geared towards musicians who want to put music or tabs on their own websites. Paying someone to make what's essentially sheet music of a song you don't own (I assume this is not music you own the rights to) brings up all sorts of ...


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I'm not a Drummer, but I would highly recommend investing in a copy of Guitar Pro. Most of the songs I've downloaded for guitar pro have the transcribers really putting a ton of effort into transcriptions of songs. It allows you to follow along, speed up, slow down, loop etc, and the Real Sound Engine means that the drums actually sound realistic. A ...


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Learning intervals have a part to play. However, personally, I feel that by the time you analyzed the intervals, the music would have gone far, far ahead in real time....unless you have already memorized the tune and are playing it back from what you have heard; or you are rewinding over and over again just to listen to the relevant parts. For me, having ...


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I think you'd get different answers depending on who you ask, so this may yet be closed as being too subjective. Even the same composer may start at a different 'point' depending on the ideas they have at that moment in time. For example, if they heard someone whistling an interesting melody in the street that day, then they may develop that melody first ...


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It might be worth considering that performing a score is a translation process, inherently… and transcribing music is--presumably--the "back-transaltion" of this process. Worse, we aren't just going from one language to another, but also changing mediums, as well. In any case, as with other examples of translations, the back translation is often going to ...


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Yes, basically both hands play an Abmin(maj9) arpeggio, the right in 16ths while the left in 8ths. Here is the transcription fot it: Talking about scales, from this excerpt it can be either an Ab melodic minor or an Ab harmonic minor scale.


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Neuratron PhotoScore is the best tool for doing what you want. Put the sheet music on a scanner, feed the scans into PhotoScore, and it uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert it to digital music notation which it can then play back using software MIDI instrument sounds. It's not perfect, and to use it effectively, you need to know how to ...


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If you have an Android Phone, a nice app is AudioSpeedChanger, you can speed up or slow down any song in your library.


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The easiest way for me, if I can't get the chords right off, is to start by holding a tuner up to a speaker, to see which notes/chords comprise the progression. Then I usually turn off the music and work as much out as a I can from memory. Finally, I turn it back on and play along with it, listening for the more subtle chord formations hinted at by leads ...


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If there were no specific techniques for beginning a composition, composition would likely not be a field of study. Often within composition study, the teacher will provide a set of guidelines that essentially tell you how to start. I am assuming that you are not working with a teacher here, which of course is the "real-world" case, and give you the ...


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This is a good question as transpositions notoriously trip people up. First off, Wagner's not playing any tricks, and you've got the right octave, so rest easy. :) The "normal" Bb clarinet's lowest written note is E2 which will sound as you described one whole-step lower than written pitch (D2.) The A clarinet has the same written range as the Bb ...


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I hear an A (boy) singing "ah", an E singing "man", an A (an octave lower than the boy) singing "man" again, and a D singing "mmmm". That's A D E A: Asus4. My analysis is that the tonal center is ambiguous and shifts between C (major pentatonic and mixolydian) and A (minor pentatonic). The bass ostinato establishes A minor pentatonic but when the boy ...


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Short answer is yes, but not in a simple, one step app. Getting a computer to translate played music into notation is extremely difficult, so there isn’t a lot of software that does it, and none is perfect. Also, it’s expensive, and not an app, so you need a computer. The hardest part of this is going to be to go from the fiddling to a format a computer ...


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It's not a scale, it's a five-note-arpeggio. It is an Abminmaj9 ('A flat minor major nine') arpeggio. This chord has the notes Ab Cb Eb G Bb And on the recording it is played like this (from high to low): Bb Ab G Eb Cb (and continued like this through 3 lower octaves) The last note of the arpeggio (Cb, after descending 3 octaves) resolves to Bb, which is ...


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How to Play a Tune by Ear on Piano A. Work out the basic tune. Pick a tune. Start with simple tunes that use one to three primary chords (I, IV, V) Work it out in the key of C – Everything is easier in C. You can always transpose it later. Begin by playing the C major scale to get the sound of the key in your ear. Find the home note – Sing the song ...


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For OSX users, there is 33 RPM: http://www.edenwaith.com/products/33rpm/


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On Linux, you can use PlayItSlowly, which works with videos too. Here is how it looks:


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For most songs it's more trouble than it's worth when not impossible. If you only want the piano section for this song, it might be possible, but there's not one app that will do this. You first need to find a midi version of the song instead of wav or mp3 and a midi player that will let you turn off channels (vocals, bass, drums, etc) then save the ...



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