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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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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What are the notes that this singer is singing? [closed]

It starts at 01:10. The lyrics of the part is "Na tsu no to bi ra o A KE- TE", and the part I am wondering about the notes of the last three syllables. Here is a person's piano rendition of ...
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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?

[Note] This is a "compendium" question, intended to address a general concern that arises in a variety of contexts. Please add additional answers with any techniques not yet addressed. I'm ...
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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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Transcribing troubles [closed]

I forced myself to try transcribing without relying on software playback and I’m pretty sure that I did several mistakes. I tried transcribing the piano part of the following song (it starts at 0:58) ...
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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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Composition by Hand: Workflow, habit, and handwriting [closed]

I have been composing using the computer for over two decades. However, I think this is not a very productive approach and I now wish to compose more often. To my understanding, very little is known ...
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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

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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Help With Transcription of Vocals for “Broken Lungs” by Thrice [closed]

I have the lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drum parts for this song. I cannot, however, hear what note Dustin starts singing on so I can transcribe it. What is the very first note and/or ...
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Transcribing from Orchestra to Piano [closed]

I was wondering what the standard procedure for transcribing an orchestra piece for a solo piano. Obviously, the large number of parts being reduced to a single instrument results in certain ...
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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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Can I write my own book of transcriptions? [closed]

I want to write my own book of transcriptions of jazz solos from the 30s. Are those copyrighted? Am I allowed to do this? Are works from the 30s public domain? What is public domain? Can a solo/...
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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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How can I find simple guitar chords to fit a melody line?

I worked out that the melody line to "Joy to the world" is basically just up and down the D major scale. In fact the first line "joy to the world, the lord is come" is literally the descending melody ...
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How to add extra notes to the original music sheet

I am learning guitar by myself. I see that the tab composer usually adds more notes that are not in the original sheet to make song more impressive. Please look at the notes in the circles in my ...
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Help with transcribing? I don't exactly know what key and chord can this be [closed]

I'm trying to transcribe one of the tracks from Anachronox: I'm very beginner at transcribing and my ears need much training as well. I think I wrote the melody and,...
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Transcribing as music and relative pitch practice?

I've read some good transcriptions recently and watched transcribe videos from 8-Bit Music Theory on YouTube and I was thinking if it's considered to be a good relative-pitch / interval / music ...
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Why can I not “find” the notes for Eminem's Mockingbird?

I am trying to put together a piano arrangement for Eminem's Mockingbird, and so much of the emotion comes from the rap lyrics. I'm trying to sound out the melody to his vocals, but no matter what I ...
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The “tunelessness” of birdsong in a “Peanuts” comic strip?

Charles Schulz was a very careful transcriber of music into Peanuts. Many passages are identifiable (lots of Beethoven, no surprise). However, Schulz could not read music himself -- thus copying from ...
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“Along the way” ear training in your daily routine

I am an amateur musician, not good at ear training. But I want to improve, unfortunately my time is limited as music is just a hobby. So in this post the author suggests doing ear training in your ...
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Problem with playing music by ear

When I was learning to play piano, I only learned how to read notes and all those rules so I can play a piece of music if I have sheet music, but I don't know the music theory at all... But I really ...
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What are the common problems when it comes to ear training and how do I fix it?

I can think of a few, first in formost, there is 2 different type of struggles transcribing in real time which requires you to hear and identify chords and melody and improvising, which requires ...
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How can you musically notate a certain type of vocal performance?

I've been listening to some Roxy Music recently, and was struck by the style of singing where much of it is not actually sung - I mean there is a pitched component, but it doesn't really belong to the ...
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How do train yourself to transcribe in real time?

One of the things I have done is scale degree training where you play a cadence and play any note to see if you can identify that note. I can probably be as accurate as 98%. 90% if you add chromatic. ...