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Old 08-13-2018, 12:37 PM
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Transcribing Blind Blake. This is how I create new guitar lessons. Blake is incredibly complex and his variations make his music fascinating and a joy to master and then to teach. I use a program called the Amazing Slow Downer which enables me to capture literally EVERY note and nuance. I'm going to work on a number of his songs and package them into a lesson called 'Blind Blake, Under The Hood.' I not only want to show students how to play his music but more importantly, how to incorporate his techniques and variations into their own playing.

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Old 08-13-2018, 01:15 PM
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So, THAT'S how you do it! That's pretty cool... better than writing it out by hand. ASD is a nice program. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:10 PM
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So, THAT'S how you do it! That's pretty cool... better than writing it out by hand. ASD is a nice program. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:39 PM
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Nice job! It's Transcribe and Sibelius for me - I've yet to get round to youtube lessons though!

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Old 08-14-2018, 06:31 AM
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That looks good Jon! In the first set of triplets in the 4th measure, I would suggest indicating a pull-off between the G and E notes.
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:04 PM
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That looks good Jon! In the first set of triplets in the 4th measure, I would suggest indicating a pull-off between the G and E notes.
You're probably right. It sounds to me like he picked all the notes (and in the following bar too), but it would be easier as a pull-off.
What I have left off is a tempo marking... (This one dates from a few years back, and it's time I double-checked the whole thing.)

I assume you just recorded your screen for that video? It works pretty well, and seems like an easy way to deliver a video lesson.
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You're probably right. It sounds to me like he picked all the notes (and in the following bar too), but it would be easier as a pull-off.
What I have left off is a tempo marking... (This one dates from a few years back, and it's time I double-checked the whole thing.)

I assume you just recorded your screen for that video? It works pretty well, and seems like an easy way to deliver a video lesson.
I used to try to execute that move picking all the notes but found that to be very difficult. I tried a pull-off and it worked quite cleanly the very first time.

I did record the screen using QuickTime, but I also use the same program for videoing my lessons, uploading them to Vimeo and then embedding them on my site.
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Old 08-18-2018, 05:31 AM
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This is great news. i look forward to your lesson on Blind Blake. I wonder which of his tunes will be a good "entry point" for his stye.....
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I typically pull the track into my DAW and loop a 4 or 8 bars at a time and then write them out (in Sibelius). Goes pretty fast for me...but I tend to be able to transcribe quickly.
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