I was wondering whether transcribing the music would improve my ear and over a period of time, make interval recognition instinctive? As some of my previous threads show, I play saxophone and now I have finished sight-reading exams etc I'd like to fine tune my ear to play without sheet music. This is the procedure I take during my transcriptions:
1) Find a song I like. It could be a sax solo, or even just a simple pop song in which I would write out the melody
2) Listen through the whole song and hear what is going on. Sing it along the way. I do this a couple times
3) Using Transcribe! (software), begin learning it sections by section. If I struggle, I slow the music down. Each bit I listen to, I sing it and then attempt to play it on my saxophone until I'm confident I hit the right notes.
If I were to keep doing this in my practice sessions, would I get to a stage whereby interval recognition becomes instinctive?
One other important question. When transcribing songs, is it best to write down the notes or just try to remember them and continue trying to play through the whole song without sheet music? I don't know whether this would increase my internalization, as I hear that it makes your brain think a lot between what the next note could be rather than getting the answer from a piece of paper if you forgot it.
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