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Starting to transcribe solos
« on: February 19, 2017, 07:04:40 am »
I am just starting to transcribe solos.. I wanted to know songs which i can start transcribing with.. Please suggest songs which have easy to intermediate level solos so that i would transcribe the whole song including the solo.
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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 07:37:58 am »
I would probably begin with one of the three King's. B.B., Albert and Freddie.
Their playing are good examples of few notes played with feel.
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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 07:49:22 am »
I would probably begin with one of the three King's. B.B., Albert and Freddie.
Their playing are good examples of few notes played with feel.
Ookay.. Thanks.. :)

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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 08:28:51 am »
The Three Kings do play slow, simple note choices at times ... but their styles are incredibly difficult to get close to.
BB King's vibrato is out of this world.
Freddie uses metal finger picks.
Albert plays upside down with an insane tuning and bends up to 4 frets.
So I would argue that they are not easy to transcribe.

Try this Justin product as an intro to rock-blues soloing and transcribing.
https://www.justinguitar.com/en/PR-021-BluesSolos.php

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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 09:42:02 am »
Fair enough. I was mentioning those because I think to remember that Justin recommends them. <shrugs>.
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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 09:52:36 am »
@ Joerfe
Justin does recommend them - and they are good recommends.
I just found that each one of them is so particularly unique and difficult to emulate.
Their solos can be worked out by ear for transcribing purposes.
But their style, their essence ... man, you can't get close to that stuff.

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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 10:53:17 am »
@ Joerfe
But their style, their essence ... man, you can't get close to that stuff.

That is the truth. But a good place to start transcribing, nevertheless.
I guess that most solos are hard to replicate as a beginner.
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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2017, 11:45:26 am »
Good suggestions so far. But what kind of music do you enjoy?

I would suggest finding solos that are very much based on distinctive melodies. What I mean by that is that blues solos (which I totally love) are often very much based on licks, but many pop/rock songs have solos that are more composed and tightly tied to the melody of the song. Those will probably be easier for you to start with - because if you can sing something (even if it's only in your head) then you can hear the notes... and then you can find them on the guitar ;)
This can be harder with lick based solos.

So, for example:

Clapton: Wonderful tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUSzL2leaFM&feature=youtu.be&t=146

Toto: Won't hold you back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4xgFdji0ho&feature=youtu.be&t=173

Toto: While my guitar gentle weeps: https://youtu.be/mR74WlF-FdQ?t=97

Hendrix: Little Wing

You get the idea, find a fairly slow melodic song that you like ;)

And I picked live versions for a reason - video evidence is great when you're starting to transcribe. Later it will be no problem for you to go by ear from a recording only.



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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2017, 12:01:36 pm »
Good suggestions so far. But what kind of music do you enjoy?

I would suggest finding solos that are very much based on distinctive melodies. What I mean by that is that blues solos (which I totally love) are often very much based on licks, but many pop/rock songs have solos that are more composed and tightly tied to the melody of the song. Those will probably be easier for you to start with - because if you can sing something (even if it's only in your head) then you can hear the notes... and then you can find them on the guitar ;)
This can be harder with lick based solos.

So, for example:

Clapton: Wonderful tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUSzL2leaFM&feature=youtu.be&t=146

Toto: Won't hold you back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4xgFdji0ho&feature=youtu.be&t=173

Toto: While my guitar gentle weeps: https://youtu.be/mR74WlF-FdQ?t=97

Hendrix: Little Wing

You get the idea, find a fairly slow melodic song that you like ;)

And I picked live versions for a reason - video evidence is great when you're starting to transcribe. Later it will be no problem for you to go by ear from a recording only.
Awesome advice mate.. Thanks.. I was thinking on the same lines to pick more melodic solos like Californication by rhcp.. And yes wonderful tonight..

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Re: Starting to transcribe solos
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2017, 10:03:59 am »
This looks like an old thread but for what it's worth I've just finishing my first two transcriptions ever. First was the solo to Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) which took ages, and the second was 74 75 by The Connells which didn't take so long. I haven't got any software so just kept rewinding and rewinding and rewinding the YouTube videos on each tiny part or phrase. Checked them by playing along with the record. I held off transcribing for ages but it was really worth it and has opened my ears a lot mor to music.


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