CyberGene So, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is we can all have the “sheet music” for our favorite piano pieces in a click. The bad news is nobody would bother transcribing anymore and that’s a very useful skill. I’ve learned a lot from transcribing by ear…
The real benefit/learning stems from the process itself, and learning someone else’s transcription robs you of that.
As you transcribe you are forced to analyze the performer’s intents constantly:
Why is he playing an F# over a Cmaj. chord?
Where is this chord going and what is its purpose? Is it a passing, essential, ‘borrowed’ (from another key), etc, chord.
Is this a commonly used ‘lick’ or is it something else?
And most importantly, how can I extrapolate the best from this ‘solo’ and use it within other contexts (composition, super-imposition, different keys, etc.)?
You can do this -analysis- with someone else’s transcription, but this is akin to adopting a five-year-old child; over time you’ll love ‘him’ like your own; however, you’ll never truly get/understand him because the process of bearing, birthing, and raising for the first 5 years was robbed from you and sadly from him.