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Offline Dr Winterbourne

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Re: TR-001 • Why Transcribe?
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2017, 01:04:10 pm »
If you've transcribed the pattern correctly, but in a different key, I would think it suggests you have good RELATIVE pitch, but need to keep working on identifying actual notes. Keep at it. It is a process.
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Re: TR-001 • Why Transcribe?
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2017, 02:25:09 pm »
As the good Doc points out, you are working on relative pitch rather than absolute pitch.

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Being able to recognise relative pitches is so much more important than being able to recognise absolute notes. In fact, if you follow an ear training course (recommended) it will teach you to recognise "intervals" which are the difference between two notes, rather than on trying to train you to recognise actual notes ("perfect pitch") which is a nice party trick, but of almost no practical use.

So what you are doing is absolutely fine assuming you are doing it from memory. If you are doing it playing along to the record (or Justin's video), you should notice that you are playing in a different key (which you did).

My suggestion is, if you try to copy or transcribe a riff or a song, and you want to play it in the same key as the original, then you should try to learn the riff playing along with the original record so you get the right starting notes, and the rest of the notes should follow from there.

But there's actually nothing necessarily wrong with playing it in a different key, and it's also not unusual for a song to be played in different key as long as you're not trying to play along with the record. If it sounds good then it is good.


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Re: TR-001 • Why Transcribe?
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2017, 02:08:59 am »
I don't know where to post this. I'm having trouble sometimes with relatively simple songs. Right now I'm trying to transcribe Dumb by Nirvana and I've spent a half hour trying to figure whatever the second chord or little riff is in the first bar.

Is it productive to work something where I'm making little progress or better to work on songs that I get through relatively fast like [for me] a song by the Ramones or the chord progressions worked on in the Justin training?

Hope my question makes sense and that this is somewhat the right place to post it.


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