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 similar-sounding instruments like bass drum and guitar. What practices or tools can I use to develop this skill?
It seems like a good A–B repeater and equalizer might help with this, perhaps other tools as well. If you have software or hardware recommendations, please note that I use Apple computers and tablets.
I have only tried a few pieces so far, mostly riff-based rock like Silversun Pickups, or Pink Floyd’s “Money,” where it is relatively easy to follow the bass. I also try to follow bass rhythms with my fingers while I’m in the car, which is how I noticed how difficult it can be to separate bass guitar from kick drum in rock styles. I mostly listen to modern rock, some classic rock and trip hop, occasionally blues, jazz, soul, funk. I especially like to play blues and soul.