Thank you for your reply. I can see for learning more about writing music how analyzing a piece may help in understanding ways to create. I'm not trolling here at all. I am surprised that more Berklee instructors don't have more to say on the benefits of transcribing. When I write, I hear a bass part in my head, work it out on the bass, and write it down if needed. In reading many musician's biographies, it is often said that parts are created in the moment, while jamming, or hearing it in one's head. Rarely do I hear that someone worked a part out by analyzing what the song needed through transcription and theory.
I supposed if you want to understand why certain parts go together the way they do from a theory or mathematical standpoint, then transcription may be helpful. I still do not see the benefits of the effort except to lay out what I have come up with already in my head, or to be able to read on paper what someone else has created, so that I may recreate it in the moment.
Please enlighten me if there is something I am missing.
It seem analogous to writing fiction. Many writers have stated that they wrote down what came to them. While later students study the literary devices and symbolism that was used in the story, the author was never thinking of these things when they wrote it.
Currently reading a biography of the Beatles, it is pretty clear that they were messing around with what sounded good to them, not with using theory or creating songs by analyzing what should go together.
It seems to come down to what you hear "in your head" or what comes out when you sit down and just jam to what you are hearing from other players.
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