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    What stratigies do you find effective to transcribe a melody line of a song? There are songs I want to learn that do not have sheet music or lead sheets published. It is easy to find the chords.

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    My poor and simple strategy is to pick a key first and then try to find the melody by ear... It's definitely hard work, but very rewarding and fun!
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    I’d start with asking about the song...it is pretty likely that someone else has transcribed the melody (even if not for Ukulele), and while you can transcribe things, note by note and rhythm by rhythm, it is always better to start from something and improve it/edit it.
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    I started transcribing the odd tune that I couldn't find by the "one note at a time" method. Slow and monotonous, but it taught me one good thing ... "there had to be a better way"!

    Having learnt to read music, in a basic fashion, for the ukulele, I now know which notes to expect (and therefore which notes to avoid) in the basic keys ... C, D, F and G. So, having established my "start point" for the tune in question, I have a reduced number of notes to "guess at" and can get most tunes in a couple of passes ... "moody" key changes etc. not withstanding

    Getting this result actually onto staff notation does take a bit more work, with the timings of each note etc. needing to be considered, but at least I've got something to refer back to that I can understand

    So, in a nutshell, learn a few scales, so you know where the notes are, then you'll be better equipped to guess which notes are likely to be needed

    YMMV
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    I think doing this task “the hard way” is the best way to go forward. Lately fortune cookies have clever fortunes. “The kind of advice we do not like to take often turns out to be the best.”

    The song is “Buckskin Stallion Blues”. I’ll use Amazing Slowdown.

    Thank you to all for your advice and suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edspyhill05 View Post
    The song is “Buckskin Stallion Blues”.
    Nice tune ... worth the effort!

    I rather like the woodwind (recorder or flute?) harmonies towards the end
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    I've come to this thread rather late, but I transcribe a lot. So I thought I'd share. Here's what I do:

    1. I try to find the first note of the melody by pecking around on the ukulele.
    2. From there, I just go up or down the neck as the melody dictates and find the rest of the notes. At this stage I usually just stay on one string...usually the G or the A.
    3. Once I have the notes, then I convert it to a multi-string arrangement so that the notes are more clustered and convenient to reach.

    Even though I practice my scales and modes a lot, I don't use them in transcribing. I always notice after the fact if a song stays in a pattern, like the minor scale or the pentatonic minor scale. However, I never use the pattern at the onset.

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    maybe this tutorial is useful but I am not sure actually:http://www.videoconverterfactory.com...n-youtube.html well, hope it works

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    Follow all the above advice first.
    If everything else fails:

    if a song has words and you can sing fairly well trying singing it slowly into an app that is used for tuning your instrument. You should be able to coax out key notes important to your melody. Obvs if you can't sing in the right key this won't work. If you have missing notes that make no sense, just keep trying different ones until it sounds right. I have not tried this on instrumental pieces but it could work.
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    (bootleg) aNueNue pineapple Concert
    (Toothless) IZ thinbody soprano w/ pickup

    not a Ukulele but the tenor guitar DGBE is called (Mange).

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