Useful Features Of Transcribe Software
In this lesson we explore 2 useful features of the Transcribe Software that will help you with transcribing chords and improvised lines.
If we click on the “View” dropdown menu in the top left and you will see 2 options in that menu, these are “Show Note Guesses” and “Show Chord Guesses”.
Show Chord Guesses
If we click this option, we see a box appear on the middle right of the screen.
This box gives you an analysis of the harmony and it’s good to look here before you start working out the notes of a line to make sure the chords haven’t been rehamonised from the original changes.
The software analyses bass note and other important notes to give you the jazz chord name. You will notice that sometimes it says “spectrum too messy” in which case it won’t give you a chord guess but if you rewind and try pausing the video a split second before or after. Sometimes it will pick something up.
Show Note Guesses
When you turn this option on, you will notice that some of the keyboard keys light up green and red. The accuracy of this tool can vary, and it also depends on the quality of the recording. If the sound is very crisp and clean, then it tends to pick up the notes better.
It’s useful for identifying the individual notes of improvised lines and it’s also handy for seeing the bass note. If the chord voicing contains lots of notes, you will find that the centre of the keyboard is often very cluttered and so it can be hard to take anything away from this.