I actually did it! I didn’t think I was going to be able to but I did!! Feels awesome
Having loads of fun with this lesson
Worked out 3 of them so far and will attempt the other 3 as well:
- Molly’s lips: 5 min.
- Blitzkrieg bop: 15 min. (30 if you calculate wondering why my transcription was different from the first tab I found. Turned out the tab was wrong and I misinterpreted just 1 chord )
- All the small things: 45 min.
Really boosts my power chords as well. Didn’t put too much effort into them just yet.
Whats wrong with Vaselines? 'bout the right timeframe for you. Anyway I am now sidetracked listening to “Dum Dum” so many classics on that LP, so no transcribing today.
(Diversion from Mollys Lips)
I love this lesson Justin, but in the tips you shouldn’t have put the solution (talking about Polly here, haven’t done the others yet), you could’ve said that the verse starts with E5 and then make a couple more tips each with a small bit of information, because I tried figuring it out in my own, thought I had it and the tip showed me I didn’t, but it also “spoiled” any chance of getting it right on my own again.
As a beginner, I highly recommend Guitar Pro 8 for this exercise. The ability to add a song’s audio file (ripped from YouTube as an MP3) and then tab along is awesome. This is also a great way to familiarise myself with this incredible piece of software.
I’d gotten my hands dirty in the previous module tabbing out an acoustic rendition of a song I like played on YouTube.
Never mind, I thought this exercise was going to be way harder than it turned out to be.
Newbie Old Guy Question:
I am learning for the first time as a 60+ year old and having a wonderful time. I try to do everything Justin recommends and can see the progress so I don’t want to skip this. However, this lesson is intimidating primarily because the songs recommended for transcribing are much newer than my outdated tastes and very distorted. Can you recommend some older songs that would be perhaps more friendly to my 50’s, 60’s and 70’s acoustic loving ears?
Agreed. Not my taste at all and to be honest not heard of any of the 6 songs listed! Not quite true I know some from the earlier lessons. Still don’t like them though. Never did really understand the attraction of Nirvana.
Have just listened to Molly’s Lips on YT. Couldn’t work out what they were playing even when looking at the video.
another app I tried and found cool, is moises.ai - it lets you split instrument tracks, mute vocals, drums, etc and leave only guitar track. Also allows to put any interval on loop.
This is my experience as well. I’ve tried a lot of apps like this, but Moises is in a class of its own (for now, at least).
Being able to effortlessly solo the guitar parts, slow them down, and add a metronome click makes transcribing so much easier!
EDIT: It also tells you what the chords are…which defeats the whole point of the exercise, of course.
But you can turn the chord display off while doing the transcribing, then turn it on to check your accuracy.
I hope everyone who found this lesson a struggle is still with us and found that things eventually clicked. If not. why not? To those and newer students may I remind you that you are not expected to play pumping downstrokes at Ramones speed, this exercise is purely to find the right chords and learn to write them down in the order they are played. When it comes to playing along, even if you play one strum per chord you have completed the task. Don’t let any lack of technique spoil your achievement.
I always thought that transcribing would be too difficult., But using Justin’s steps I’ve just tried Molly’s Lips. It took me about 15 minutes to work out the Chords and Rhythm. I even managed to play along. I’ll try something a little more difficult in the near future. Had a blast with this one. Have fun.