However, many music students assume this must mean perfectly writing down every note in traditional notation, which makes transcription an intimidating and overwhelming subject!
Transcription does not have to be hard.
How Transcribing Helps You
Outside of the music conservatory and exam hall, the purpose of transcription is simply to help you as a musician.
This could be:
- To remember a piece you’re writing
- To check you’re hearing what you think you are in a song
- To share musical ideas with other musicians, like sharing your new song with your band
- To practice expressing your music through writing and explore how it relates to your instrument and musical imagination
So transcription should always be considered a tool for you to use – not a challenge for you to fear or avoid!