So here’s my first transcription of a complete song which is basically a trumpet solo interpreted by yours truly.
It took about 15-16 hours over a period of 2 weeks. I still have second thoughts about 2 or 3 notes but I’m satisfied with it on the whole. I wrote it out in tab but I’m thinking about doing it in standard notation as well so that I can see if my results fit in a key.
I thought the whole process would take longer and by the time I will have finished I would have my new guitar and something to inaugurate it with. Oh well… maybe I’ll record a video of this piece with that one once it arrives
Trust your ears, but not always. I had a few moments when the pattern on the fretboard helped put certain notes in place.
Patience is the key. I had to repeat some sections, especially the little slurred part, dozens of times to get it right on paper. Playing it is a different thing.
I need to find a suitable tone with a longish sustain but not much distortion on my amp.
Adjusting the intonation of the guitar can be a real pain. But patience works wonders with that, too.
So, I rewrote the tab in standard notation and these are my findings provided my tab is correct:
The majority of the solo except for a short portion* (from 3:45 to 3:53 in the original) is in the key of F major. The only modified note is A# that alternates with A natural, and there’s one G# which can easily be notated when it occurs. As the key with only 1 # in it (F#) is G major, it is better to use the enharmonic equivalent of A# and call it Bb. The key with only 1 b in it (Bb) is F major, and the 1 G#/Ab can be marked when it occurs.
*The short portion has C#, G#, F#, D# and A# notes alongside a B and a G natural. The key with only these 5 #s in it is B major. The lone G natural can be marked when it occurs.
Your transcription sounds like the original to me, well done.
Re key, think about minor keys too. The relative minor of F is Dm. Dm has the same notes as F, but I guess you could say the focal notes differ. The piece also does have kind of a minor sound quality to it. (I cheated btw and looked up the key ) I also wouldn’t call A# a modified note, because in the keys of F & Dm there is a Bb (so therefore I would call it a Bb and not an A#). And yes when writing out standard score the accidentals would definitely be marked (i.e. the Ab, which I would call it Ab rather than G# because Dm has flats in it (well, 1 flat), rather than sharps.
You’ve done very well for sure, that’s quite a lengthy piece to transcribe!