How to Use Music Transcriptions as Ear Training: 5 Easy Tips – Jazz Guitar Lesson


  1. Harrison Crutcher

    The best things to use for listening to music when transcribing are either really clear studio headphones or studio monitor speakers in a quiet af room that way you can hear everything even in songs with lots of layers. It is also good to try different positions on a guitar neck when transcribing to be the most accurate if you are making tabs and not just assume your guitar will sound accurate when you use an amp.

  2. Traveling man

    The major problem is often that those who do it sound like those they copied they play their licks because they can't really hear and create new lines on the same level of the folks that they copy. Face it some human beings don't have to do it near as much as normal folks do. In fact, Joe Pass said the most he transcribed was 8 bars of a solo. Ive personally toured with Lou Donaldson and been in Just Jazz guitar magazine besides leading several of my bands playing my tunes often. I stopped stealing licks long ago but will listen to all types of music all the time. I'm also a trained trombonist! I used my reading abilities to play through transcribed solo and took off a few solo lines by ear years ago. i haven't done so for years and don't miss doing so. I developed singing and have done it lots in front of my bands! I view Jazz as not licks increasingly but ideas from one scale, the 12 tone chromatics scale and since guitar is't a horn make it sound pretty or nasty at will using chords,lines, tone. There aren't that many chord types. Too me playing me is easy but not easy to transcribe somethings I've played from how I feel! Jazz is basically dead because schooled players dominate the scene who copy the same cats and the music has loss the same fire and awareness that Bird,Coltrane, Henderson,Woody,Louis , Duke and others had. Nicholas Payton addressed the issues eloquently!

  3. Brian King

    Good advice. Most software are expensive though. I remember once using a tascam. Didnt care for it too much.

  4. A Snezoc

    I was told to start from the end of the solo and learn pieces working backward to the start – that way you avoid re-treading previously learnt parts as you work through the solo.

  5. Le Bassiste

    Hey Marc, I recently bought one of your classes, Déja Vu, and getting to know my fretboard better now.
    Your advice on this subject of transcribing is "Le Top du Top!", thanks again! 😉

  6. vansep

    Hey Martin, some really good suggestions! I've been using the amazing slowdowner for years, it's great. Years back, working out Joe Pass in real time was really hard. Thanks for your videos, you're a great teacher! Seb

  7. Tim Hulak

    This is great advice! But would you be able to upload a demonstration of what you are talking about? Maybe a quick video with an easy tune and trasncribe it for us so we can see it applied.

  8. colin macdonald

    just out of interest I am trying to transcribe that bite on your into, the bit where the coloured inks swirl in liguid before you speak. is it you playing?

  9. Jérémy Bonneau Guitar

    Thanks for this video. I was just thinking about what my teacher told me when i first transcribe is, if I want a learn a solo, i had to know the chords. I think it's a important thing to have in mind. Thanks again for all the content you put on youtube, it's really great.

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