I feel the pull of a lot of musical duties, and good transcribing has gone to the back burner for a while. I want to bring it back and get more mileage out of it. So the big questions I know many of us struggle with (at least I do) - I'll throw them out there and just would like to see what people have to share about their experiences:
- Notation vs. ear. I always try to do it by ear, away from the instrument more these days, but I'm working on a lead sheet in Finale as I go through the transcription.
- How do you break down a transcription task? Do you do a chorus at a time? A few phrases? Do you do the entire thing, or just a few bars? Obviously when I listen to a solo, there's usually a particular section or just a couple lines that really grab me. But I feel compelled to do the whole thing, because later on I may refer back to it because of something else in a different section.
- Because I'm a logical, organized, somewhat obsessive personality, I like to get the entire thing notated which, isn't the most musical per se, but at least I'm getting it documented. If another musical duty comes up I can always shelve it for later. For me, the learning/internalizing of the solo is a very long process, and I'd rather dedicate that as a separate process.
What are everyone's thoughts?