Questions tagged [transcription]

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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Tips or ways to bring out hard-to-hear parts of songs

I am transcribing some songs to sheet music. But, I am finding it hard to hear what exactly is being played on lower mixed instruments like rhythm piano or bass drum. I already have some good ...
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How to indicate that a part of the song should be repeated only the second time around? [duplicate]

I have a song that I am transcribing, and it has a verse that repeats. The verse starts at the very beginning of the song and is 12 measures long. The second time the verse is played, it is played ...
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What do those diagonal lines mean on lead sheets? [duplicate]

Here's an example I just found online and there are many more in jazz lead sheets I found, etc. I was also wondering, when I'm writing a lead sheet and there are sections that are just instrumentals, ...
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How to transpose from guitar scores to clarinet?

Guitar in standard tuning B♭ clarinet I have the chords for a song in guitar. I need to join the guitar on clarinet, but I cannot find the partiture to play. How can I join the guitar (rhythmic ...
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Writing Key Signatures for Polytonality/Frequent Key Modulation

I looked through similar questions and didn't really see anything that answered a broader question so I guess I'll ask it. As I write music, my chord progressions tend to go through a lot of different ...
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Should one transcribe granular 16th information in sung melodies?

I'm noticing a lot of the sung melodies to my favorite songs have weird looking 16th note offsets like melodies landing on "e" and "a" in 1e&a. This turns an easy to read ...
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Transcribing trombone parts - mid 1800s music

I'm preparing some mid 1800s orchestral music for performance and I have some difficulties dealing with the trombone parts. It's mostly 2-part but occasionaly third voice appears (it's all written on ...
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Note duration changes when transcribing

I am trying to transcribe a song. In the beginning it seemed to be 100 bpm because the notes aligned nicely when quantizing in Cubase. But then suddenly a few notes came that were 1/3 of a second ...
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What can I do to transcribe the vocals in this metal track? [closed]

The part that I am most curious about is the chorus (first one at 2:00, if you wish to listen to as little as possible =) ). Lorna Shore - To the Hellfire Background: I just found out about LilyPond ...
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Eric Cook 'Bolivar': Should the B natural in bar 55 be B flat?

I'm studying Eric Cook's 'Bolivar' (1954) for trombone. At the end of bar 55, there is B natural that sounds way off to me. Measure 55 is the third bar shown below; the score is in tenor clef, key ...
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Is this a violin glissando or notated pitches?

I'm transcribing a bit of "Put On A Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie and I'm stuck. I've listened to it a hundred times, slowed it down to listen, isolated different parts of the audio ...
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How to add quadruplets in Tuxguitar?

I am trying to add quadruplet notes in Tuxguitar, and while the sidebar has a button that adds triplets, quintuplets, etc., it doesn't seem to have the option to add quadruplets. Is it possible to add ...
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When arranging/transcribing a song, how do know what chords are being played? [duplicate]

I'd like to arrange a song that doesn't have or has little guitar onto fingerstyle guitar. Finding individual notes is tedious but simple, but how do you find chords, especially when it's not even the ...
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How does one transcribe a fast rhythm from memory?

There is a song I know from childhood, and I'm in the process of transcribing it from memory. I can write down the pitches (I use numbered notation), and I can transcribe the rhythms except when the ...
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Is there a term for repeated melodies of different length

Inspired Flight's "An Outlet" is an example of what I mean. For the first few measures, a melody of 16 eighth notes is established in middle register (if I ...
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How do I change which pickup a specific Guitar Pro 7.5 track uses?

I have a guitar part which uses the neck pickup. How do I switch the track to neck pickup so that it sounds more like the original track?
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Transcribing The Right Octave

I have started to begin to transcribe and can transcribe the right note flawlessly, but not the right octave. I have been doing a transcribing course that uses an electric guitar and have been ...
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How useful is spectrum analysis when transcribing music?

When the Spectrum Analyzer window is open in Cubase, I can hover the mouse over the graph and a little white circle tracks the graph, telling me the note name corresponding to each peak. Is there any ...
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Will adoption of SMuFL change Lilypond's text input?

On a Lilypond page under the section, "Adopt the SMuFL music font encoding standard" section, there were plans to transition to the SMuFL format which may become part of a W3C standard. ...
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When should one use flats or sharps when transcribing? [closed]

All I know is that: if the song has an F chord then it should be flats but if it has a B chord it should be sharps In this song, the chords are Dm B♭ F C and a transition chord which is C♯dim/D♭dim ...
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Determining open tunings while transcribing

I have recently tried to transcribe more songs by ear and it goes alright as long as I know the tuning. I was wondering if there is any tips or techniques for determining what (open) tuning is used in ...
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How do you determine if a song should be played with a capo or which fret the capo should be if capo'd? When transcribing chord tabs for others

I hope this makes sense because I'm always conflicted. An example song is Taylor Swift - dorothea I know that Taylor would use a capo but since this is a piano song with some arpeggios, I can't decide ...
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Understanding How the Guitar Capo Changes Chords

I recently found a song transcribed where the user plays all the chords on with a capo on the second fret this would move up the open string chords to the following: EADGBe=F#BEAC#F# He then ...
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Can this chord be played or is it transcribed incorrectly?

I'm just starting to learn to play the piano and read music and have no intention of trying to learn this piece at least for a long time, but out of curiosity I had to take a look. Here's a snippet of ...
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Melody as root note if I can't hear bass?

When I try to play by ear it's very hard for me to listen to the bass notes. Can I play the melody on bass string and build a chord from it? Would it achieve the same effect as if bass on root?
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Adjusting the BPM for an odd rhythm (to render a MIDI)

Firstly, sorry if I'm missing something basic, but I'm new to standard notation. I felt stuck because I'm doing a cover song @ 76 BPM, but I realized there's a lot note durations equal to 5 and 3 64th-...
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Tips for hearing/transcribing a piano riff?

I recently came across a song with a synth riff that I want to learn to play on the piano. It's the riff played throughout this video (from 0:17) I can roughly follow the overall melody but what I'm ...
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Audio Equipment for Transcribing

I have been having a blast transcribing pop songs to piano, but I have some trouble hearing the bass clearly. Even when I use EQ, the notes from the bass guitar don't feel very distinct. Is this just ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

Sometime I want to use a YouTube video to figure out what notes/chords are being played, figure out how (i.e., by what technique) the notes/chords are being played, or transcribe a (part of) a song. ...
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What's the best way to imitate the harp's bisbigliando effect on a piano?

If I want to transcribe/arrange a harp piece for the piano, and the piece contains lots of bisbigliando passages, what would be the best way to imitate that charming effect on the piano, and how would ...
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Is there a name for a part of a recorded song where the music has ended and a spoken audio recording is played?

I'm transcribing a song, and towards the end of it the music cuts out and an audio recording of the album's producer telling an anecdote plays. It's entirely raw, i.e., no effects or instruments ...
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Making a lead sheet to practise transcription - have a few queries

I'm fairly new to music and have been transcribing melodies in the name of ear training and becoming more fluent with standard notation. I'm presently creating a lead sheet for this song: ...
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Which chord should be accented?

I was looking at the Liszt transcription for Beethoven's 7th symphony for solo piano, and in the second movement there seems to be no accent on the first chord of every measure (75-98), yet when ...
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Mystery note in Tommy Emmanuel's rendition of Classical Gas

I'm transcribing Tommy Emmanuel's rendition of Classical Gas. At 1:19, during the C chord, there is an apparent C3 sounding twice. But as can be seen in the video, he's nowhere near string 1 fret 8. I ...
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Not understanding this cover version

let's take this song: I can hear a progression of Em-G-D-C-G-D but when I look at this cover: (obviously the guitar is tuned down) ...
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Transcribing as ear training

My favorite thing to do is try and transcribe my favorite solo's. But what I find is that most of them actually start off easy ( and slow ) and can progress with either faster riffs or embellishments ...
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A question about transcribing using a software

I arrived at a point where I finally realized importance of transcribing stuff I like to help myself developing my sound and my music/lick vocabulary. But with just pen & paper at hands it results ...
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Understanding and transcribing rubato and rhythm in Tango

I want to learn to play tango piano better and so I'm working on transcribing this version of Malena by Lucio Demare. Most often I see this song notated in 2/4 but I'm having trouble notating the ...
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How can I transcribe music by ear?

I have attempted to transcribe an easy piano piece by ear via a score writer software whilst listening to recording, although it is going well - I am unsure whether or not this is the best way to ...
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Transcribing Take It To The Head By Dj Khaled [closed]

I know you all are pitch-perfect, and can literally discern the note of a hi-hat being played next to white noise so I had some questions about transcribing the highlighted areas on the gyazo links.. ...
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What are some good techniques (tips and tricks) to practice Melodic and Rhythmic dictation that isn't really basic? [closed]

I find that a lot of the techniques I use to practice melodic and rhythmic dictation are good but often stay at a really basic level. I want to get better at it but it's hard to stay focused when you ...
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Improving (piano) aural transcription

Every once in a while I try to figure out how to play a song on piano. I can get the melody, rhythm, and I can usually figure out the chords, but I have a hard time figuring out which chord notes are ...
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Transcribing and Ear Training with speakers or headphones

I have these really good JBL Studio monitors that I use in with my DAW. But I have a hard time using them with my ear training/transcribing. I don't know what it is but I seem to be able to pick out ...
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What is the function of a C major triad on a B minor song?

I'm transcribing this short piece called Vampurity by Shinji Iwai (it's a soundtrack to one of his movies) as a mean to: learn how to transcribe analyse and try to comprehend the piece. Here's the ...
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Tips on how to transcribe string parts from a song by ear

I am a huge fan of ballad type music and want to get better at writing for strings but have not been able to find some scores or transcriptions of songs that I like so I have decided to try ...
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I could use some help analyzing a transcription I made of the disciples 2 menu theme [closed]

I've been transcribing some songs recently, however I feel that I am somewhat limited in actually approaching the analysis of the songs after I have transcribed them. I have attached a photo of my ...
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Transcription Beats per minute

For a personal project I was trying to transcribe a part of the flute solo in this piece. However, I am unsure at what speed I should transcribe the piece. I could either transcribe the piece at 250 ...
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Advice on arranging an orchestral work for piano duet? [closed]

So, I am starting again with my arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. I was debating whether or not to do the whole ballet but I decided on the Suite because it is shorter and more widely known than ...
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Workarounds for 10th intervals or larger when arranging for piano

So I figured that The Four Seasons might be easier to transcribe than The Nutcracker Suite (fewer lines, only real difficulty reading it is I have to translate between alto clef and treble clef ...
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Transcribing Nutcracker suite, running into difficulties

Obviously, going from an orchestral score to a piano duet score is hard in general. But I am running into some difficulties with transposition. 2 instruments I am transposing are Bb clarinet and A ...
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