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I've always been impressed with Shulz's draftsman ship skills, so accurately copying musical notation snippets into his cartoons. For that reason, I think he would have found a choral piece and copied a snippet of it out to represent a choir of birds. Perhaps the dissonance and rhythmic ambiguity in the supplied music snippet is deliberate because birds don'...


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From me, an old opera player: putting forward going arrows above the notes(= faster) or backward going arrows above the notes( = slowing down) or a sign wave kind of thing over the notes (which to me means a kind of blah blah blah: something is going on here, watch out). I wish someone could tell me where the rubatos in tangos tend to happen (like the info ...


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Transcribing as ear training It seems a bit putting the cart in front of the horse. You cannot transcribe if you can't identify pitches - chords and scales, etc. Don't misunderstand me. Transcribing is a great exercise! But I think it benefits from first establishing some base level of ear training. If you don't have that base established already, then ...


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Transcribing is one piece in the puzzle, one tool and one aspect of learning music. But it's not either/or, you should learn to play by ear what you hear straight away as well, without writing it down first. Sometimes if you think you heard it right, if you slow it down and spend time transcribing it, you may realize that you heard it wrong the first time. ...


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Transcribing is one of the best ways to learn music. It teaches ear training and how to identify technique for particular instruments. It also challenges you to separate different sources in one recording. When I was young we used to transcribe fast riffs by slowing down the spin rate of an LP (vinyl record player). The pitch will drop but you car ...


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I suspect that the answer is simply this: when you use good speakers your brain receives a lot more information, more details, and therefore it has to work harder at filtering out what you don't need and just focus on following the melody line you are trying to transcribe. I would also guess that with more practice it will cease to make much of a difference,...


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