Guided Transcriptions

Transcription is both a fun and fundamental skill for all musicians, but it can be hard to get started!

It is important to start with pieces you know well – ones with instant recall, so that you can get into figuring out how it all goes. Trial and error is the main strategy here.

As you get better, you can hear for keys, scales, arpeggios and patterns.

  • Step 1 – Listen carefully, sing back what you hear
  • Step 2 – Use the speed settings to slow down the track
  • Step 3 – Loop small sections, sing again
  • Step 4 – Find the notes on clarinet
  • Step 5 – Use the hints and tips given to help write it out

Stevie Wonder – Contusion (1976)

In this example, the full rhythm is given as well as some tricky key notes.

Difficulty: 6/10

Vulfpeck – Dean Town (2016)

Tricky rhythms and tricky keys make this a real challenge, not to mention the fast tempo. Use the built in custom speed adjustments in the YouTube player – start at 0.5x or 0.6x

Difficulty: 7/10