Pimplup Pro • Mar 8, 2017 Post any random things you learned while transcribing music by ear, so others can learn from you. :) Comments [user=10026641]DaKook[/user] Use Audacity, free sound editing software, to help you hear the parts you may have trouble hearing. Mainly I use the vocal remover (which often removes more than just the vocals, especially when there are no vocals to begin with), and it makes some parts easier to hear. Also you can change speed and other things that can help a lot. It doesn't help hear just any part, but it's worth a shot! [user=4441236]vga[/user] When transcribing by ear, try not to focus on the song itself, and more on each of the individual instruments. Yes, I know, I know, it should be obvious, but I've met so many people who haven't known this :P Also, drumsets aren't as intimidating as they look. [user=6833131]keatonw[/user] The easiest thing for me to do is (strangely, bc I'm a drummer) try to imagine the rhythm before I do anything else... after that I can't explain what comes next, just use the skills you have to put your recreation on the page! :) [user=2690656]Kelby Starbuck[/user] Make sure to listen to the song A LOT. You need to be very familiar with the piece (duh). If you hear something in it you haven't heard before make sure to write it down!!! I also play the songs side by side when writing. Finding the melody and bass note can also help with chords. [user=30389290]Legendian[/user] In piano, I always start with what the top hand will sound like before I do the bottom hand. Once I have the top hand down, then I figure out a bottom hand that sounds nice with the top hand. [user=19267951]Marx-na-blade[/user] Never believe what you have is correct until it sounds just like the original - or at least in terms of notes.