Hi there! It's been a last time since my last blog post, but never fear: I've been hard at work developing new materials for my private lessons and some of that work is set to show up for free my blog in the near future. For now, check out some of my past instructional articles and this sweet video of Gail Ann Dorsey playing one of my favorite Bobby Womack songs.
These days, more and more opportunities for musicians require the ability to learn songs without using sheet music; your friend might send you an MP3 of a song they wrote, or your band will want to play a new pop tune that’s on Youtube. To learn these songs, you’ll need to transcribe them yourself. So what is transcription?
Practicing music is often thought of as a purely physical thing. We imagine the masters slaving over their instruments for endless hours to develop a level of technical skill and precision that allows them to play like they do. With so much focus on technique, it’s easy to forget that our ultimate limitation is what we can hear. All the music that we make begins in our minds ear before we ever express it on our instrument. Listening teaches us what is possible to play and expands our mind’s ear.
Eric is a musician, audio engineer, educator, and radio nerd based in Seattle, WA.