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Here is how to transcribe a recorded melody. First, you have to find the tonic (some people call it "do"). That's usually easiest by singing the ending. Now use a trick from sightsinging training: sing the tonic arpeggio: going up, 5 1 3 5 1 and now going down, 5 3 1 5 and finally going back up, 1. Now figure out which degree of the scale the tune starts ...


I'd start with some empty bars in the paper. Four per line works well. No particular key matters, although C/Am obviates the need for sharps or flats. Write the first note for each bar, as it's sung/played. Either on a stave, or by name. This will give a sort of skeleton on which to hang the other notes. Four bars is generally one line of music, so there is ...


Try Symphony Pro for iPhone, iPod, iPad. Scores music ,lyrics, chords etc. on the app store. I forget how much.


The best way, at least I think so, is to have a good sense of relative pitch. One can then heart the pitch sequence of phrases in the piece one wants to transcribe. I just use paper (either manuscript paper or just some line drawn on a blank paper) and put down the outline of the intervals; usually in C because I don't have perfect pitch. If possible, I put ...


A tuning fork will help you establish the key. Ear training (relative pitch) will make possible the transcription without any other reference. That, and lots of practice. That is really all there is to it.


You mentioned using your phone to listen to music. So I assume you have some type of smart phone. And you want to create and transcribe music without an instrument. There are apps for smartphone that will allow you to create music using virtual instruments that you can play on the screen. If you happen to have an i-phone, you can download the GarageBand ...

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