CHAPTER12

Transcribing What You Hear

In This Chapter

  • Understanding why ear training is important
  • Discovering how to actively listen
  • Developing your tonal memory
  • Learning how to transcribe songs from recordings

In an ideal world, everything you need is served up to you on a silver platter. As a musician, that means you’ll always get perfectly noted pieces of sheet music from which to read, with all the chords and melodies and rhythms clearly and correctly written out.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world: you won’t always get sheet music for the songs you have to play; sometimes you’ll be expected to “play by ear” and figure out the ...

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