today i was transcribing "i've got a feeling i'm falling" by fats waller. boy, what a difficult time trying to figure out the exact notes to that particular song. i almost felt like quiting because i thought i couldn't even accomplish this task! luckily, i didn't quit and i kept on going.

so i turned toward transcribe! to ask a few questions about it. i downloaded the program 30 days ago but it just expired today. i know the main purpose of transcribe! is to slow things down, but what are all the other benefits transcribe! has to offer?  

most recordings of fats waller have fats singing and have other instruments playing along with fats. in the beginning of the song "when somebody thinks your wonderful", there is a clarinet soloing over fats piano accompaniment. the piano part sounds wonderful but i can't even hear correctly what fats is playing! is there a way that i can take the clarinet out of the song and have it so that there is only fats playing? in other words, is there a way to take out all the unwanted "layers" so there is the one "layer" that you do want? if this is possible, tell me how it is done.

the recordings from the 1940's and back are of poor sound quality and are very hard to hear correctly. is there a way to modify the sound quality so that it is easier to hear? if i could modify the sound quality so it sounds like the recording was just recorded recently, that would be great! if this is possible, tell me how it is done.

finally, the technology we have today is far more advanced than the technology we had a hundred years ago. today, we have computers, television, electronic stuff, telephones, celephones, computer games, and more! and don't forget, transcribe! of course, they didn't have transcribe! back then. today, a program like that would make transcribing a whole lot easier. but, how the heck did transcribers get around in transcribing the recordings they wanted when they didn't have all this technology that we have today? if they were attempting to make a transcription, their transcriptions would most likely be unaccurate!
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. there are loads of spot-on charlie parker transcriptions (all done long before the advent of our precious modern technology), and the best transcriptions in the business are the books on hendrix, metallica and zep.

why? because the guys who transcribe that stuff are fanatics!  

are the transcribers using this modern technology to make these transcritpions? there were many excellent hendrix transcripions available as early as the 1970's (no "modern" technology here kids), the same is true of led zeppelin.

however, i will tell you how we used to figure out fast passages in the olden days - we'd record it to tape and then slow the tape to half speed (which brings it down exactly an octave).

tape has been around for a loooooong time.
sorry for the misspelled word. a typo!
as they'll say "typos are inavoidable"
whoops, i meant "unavoidabble", i mean "unevitable" <g>
- i had forgotten about that word - i can't wait to use it in a sentence!



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lol 7.

i'm not really sure if "playing it back slow-mo in your mind's ear" really works. i really believe you have to hear something before you can actually "play it back slo-mo in your mind's ear". i have transcribed really fast runs of fats waller that really whip across those keys! and believe me, i could never "play it back in slow-mo in my mind's ear." i usually have to go on the computer and run transcribe! to slow the music down for me, but my transcribe! expired yesterday and now i can't run it anymore.  

this is all telling me that you don't totally favor transcribe! and you think that it easier just doing it in your head. or maybe you don't own the program...
i'm thinking about buying the program soon.
the most recent versions of transcribe include a graphic equalizer.  it might be possible to tune out some of the clarinet sound by pulling back on the relevant eq frequency channels.  but it won't be very effective.  separating out the instrumental and vocal layers from an audio recording is still not technologically possible, and may never be.

playing back slo-mo in the mind's ear is something that takes years to acquire. it's not magic.

keep working on it and have patience with yourself. it will come.
if i were you i'd buy har-bal (its a great mastering program), you can remaster wave type files and bring the piano part to the front and make it louder. after that try to download a midi of that particular piece and then  download vanbasco player, then use it to compare notes, your ears will grow by leaps and bounds in the process.  

and vanbasco midi player will even let you see what notes are being played too.

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