More transcription questions
I've recently become more aware of you as a player. I appreciate your approach to things. I've been reading through a lot of things you are saying about transcribing, and I agree, but still, there seems to be something that I'm missing.
Very quickly, I can sing anything back to you that you give me, so my ear works fine. Also, one thing that is very simple yet very amazing to me is whistling. For example, hit a note on a piano, just one note, and I can whistle it back instantly and on pitch, without having to "slide" into it. Like I said, simple right? Yet, I've always wondered how my brain knows how to form my lips and such to make the exact note before I get a chance to hear it and then make an adjustment.
So here's a question for you along these lines. Can you approximate that on your instrument? I'm assuming you don't have perfect pitch, which would make the question rather moot.
Going further, I can sit down and name intervals all day long. Up and down, chromatics, whatever. That doesn't seem to always help me when I'm trying to transcribe a tune, and I'm certainly not thinking about intervals when I sing or whistle. I'm just letting it go.
I guess I'm wondering what the difference is between being able to sing or whistle something, versus making my hands just react to what I just heard and play it back. Is it just a matter of spending more time with my instrument so that it becomes second nature. Is it really a matter of more transcription? Gosh, I've got many, many, many more hours in the shed on my bass than I do singing or whistling. Why do those two things come so easy, and the instrument itself requires so much more work.
Thanks for your thoughts on this.