Transcribing music for piano – Q & A’s

I’ve been asked many times, for advice and hints on transcribing music. Here are some Q & A’s first. I’m thinking about doing a step-by-step pictorial someday on that…Meanwhile, hope this helps. Please feel free to post more questions here ok? 🙂

Q: I’m thinking of doing some transcribing. Can you give me some hints on how to start please?

A: Ok…simple transcribing, which I will call Stage 1. Listen to the song with earphones, while sitting at your piano or keyboard. Stop and rewind as often as you need while you write down what you hear, starting with the melody. If you are using a manuscript sheet, write the notes of the melody as just black noteheads, without any rhythm. If you want to just use letternames on an exercise paper, write the melody notes in lower case, not capital letters. Then, go through it again, listening for the lowest note in each chord. Write the chord changes at exactly  the correct note, above the melody notes. Chord names should be in capital letters. Here’s a picture of a simple ‘transcription’ I did for my student:

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Easy Chord Construction

I write chord symbols in most of my scores. Some viewers have asked about them, so here’s a good article on how different chords are constructed. This is essential for anyone wanting to write out music.

http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/chords.htm

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How to Read Music with Music Reading Tool

http://www.soundfeelings.com/products/music_instruction/music_reading_tool.htm

This is brilliant! And not too expensive  🙂

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Reading Piano Sheets

Quite a number of viewers have asked for help in reading notes from my sheets. I’m afraid I can’t write the letternames in the scores (that would make them too messy haha!)

What you can do is download and print the sheets, then use the diagrams and instructions from this website below, to find the letternames and the notes on your piano/keyboard.

Here’s the website: http://www.true-piano-lessons.com/piano-notes.html

There are a LOT of notes in my scores, so work out the right hand melody first (it’s in the top stave), then play it with the chords in your left hand, using the chord symbols that I provide in all my scores. It would be best if you took the score to your music teacher or a friend if you need help. Sign up for a few months of piano/keyboard lessons – it’ll make a world of difference!

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