More Q & A about transcribing music
Posted by joycemusic1
Can you tell me how to transcribe pieces? Do you just play random notes and hope they sound correct?
Haha…no, I sit at the piano, with earphones connected to my phone, which plays the YouTube video of the song. I find the notes on my piano (playing and rewinding small bits of the video at a time over and over) and enter it into Musescore, which is on my laptop on my piano. I try to follow the original as closely as I can. Usually, I do the melody first, then the chord symbols, then work out the accompaniment, one section at a time (not the whole song at once). Takes me anything from a few hours for easy songs, to 2 weeks for hard ones (also depending on how busy I am). The pitches of the melody are easy to find. The rhythm is what gets most people. Despite all my teaching experience and skills, sometimes that still takes time 😛 Choosing a suitable accompaniment style (that is playable by others and also sounds good) is always the part that takes most time and thought! I just can’t bear to leave out some lovely counter melodies and fill-ins that I hear in the orchestral versions, so figuring out how to include them can also be tricky…cos we only have 2 hands haha! How I’ve often wished for more ;-)Hope this helps!
What software do you use to write your music?
I use Musescore. It’s free and very user friendly. It comes with an offline help or online manual, but whenever I’m stuck, I just Google “how to…on Musescore” and voila! 😛 After you’re done with the score, click File > Save > select Pdf, and you can now print it or transfer it to your tablet (either via cable or email attachment).
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