do most of you guys transcribe little phrases out of piano solos or do you transcribe the whole solo?
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the whole solo. at 50% speed first.

that way i understand how the master arrives at this particular phrase that grabs my ear.

and most of the times i find more interesting lines that i didn't catch at normal speed.
transcription is theft ... there should be laws against it. it is why i have turned down recording contracts with sony and emi.  i work hard to  
be original and creative.  then have everyone else just steal my stuff.
i don't care if they download my recording and get to listen for free.
but to transcribe it and play it on their axes as if it was their idea.
dispicable.   i listen to other artists and when i like somethng they play i let myself be infuenced by it. i create something similar in rhthm and style.. i do not transcribe and steal their idea exactly.  id sonner go up to some old lady and steal her purse.  geez.  are we not all artists here.?
mike, mike, mike...

we do not transcribe to steal. we transcribe to learn, to understand!

i transcribed a lot, and it's rare that i will performe a phrase exactely what i have transcribe, and if i do, i hope there is not a musician in the house who knows that i am replicating a part of the solo i have just practiced!

since i'm 16, and i am 49, every guru said: transcribe, transcribe, transcribe...

and in my humble opinion, it's the better way to go!

p.s.:of course, with learning the jazz theory like the levine books...
oh right.  and i do not steal groceries from the market to hurt the store  i am just trying to feed my kids.... so its ok right?
if you learn how to get a job and work, you will not have to steal a grocery to feed your kids...

that's why transcription is a tool to learn!
if you learn how to create music on your own you will not have to steal the ideas of others
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transcription is theft ... there should be laws against it. it is why i have turned down recording contracts with sony and emi.
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that's what freddie keppard said

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/freddie_keppard
you have to take the freddie keppard quote in context though.  in his era (early jazz), jazz was not as homogenized and crossbred as it is now.  part of the draw of a player was to be able to hear a personal brand of jazz that couldn't be heard elsewhere. therefore, placing his compositions and unique melodic ideas (licks) on record would cut into potential profits from his performances and allow anyone with the ability to buy or listen to his record to copy them for themselves.
also, if an unscrupulous publisher was to hear an un-copyrighted (or in some unfortunate cases already copyrighted) composition or solo on a record, they could steal it and publish it as their own, robbing keppard and other musicians of their deserved compensation for their work.
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