HOW to TRANSCRIBE MUSIC From RECORDINGS
How to Transcribe Music From Recordings: $15
A 21-page Booklet in pdf form, written by Mike Henebry (ASCAP) on the tools, tips and methods for transcribing anything from solos to Big Band recordings.
In music, the word “transcribing” usually means one of two things. It can mean to change music from one kind of instrumentation to another (e.g., symphony orchestra to concert band). Or, it can mean to change music from one format to another (e.g., from recorded sound to written notation). The latter is, of course, what we are dealing with here. These kinds of transcriptions are also called “Record Copies” or “Takedowns.”
Primarily, my focus has been transcribing for Big Bands. But, the basic ideas here will apply to guitar licks, classical music, film scores, or any kind of recorded music.
I am one of the most (maybe “the” most) prolific transcribers of big band music and Dixieland in the world. So, I have a lot of experience. I have discovered many tips, tricks, pitfalls, shortcuts and stratagems that can save you a lot of time. This information should also help you to attain better results.
These tips include things like what kind of equipment you should consider and some basic acoustics that may be relevant. I am also very accessible. So, if you don’t understand something or need more advice, just ask. I am always willing to help.