I've received several PM's about tips on transcribing, so I'm starting a thread for everyone's benefit. My hope is that more TBers start posting transcriptions. This isn't a thread about the merits of transcribing. Instead, it's more of a practical "how to." You can use a record player, pencil, and music paper, but technology makes this process so much easier. This is also not a thread about the merits of technology (or not). Several things make the process easier: basic knowledge of music theory, loop & slow down software, a cheap keyboard, and notation software. There are plenty of options for all of these. The reason I include the keyboard is for analyzing chords. I believe transcriptions are more useful with chords. For loop & slow down software, I use Transcribe! because its measure and automatic beat markers make it easier to analyze rhythm. It's a little steeper learning curve than others and it's $39. Loop and Slow Down Software For notation software, I use Sibelius First. The pricing ranges from a $5 per month subscription to a $119 one-time fee. Using SN Transcription Software I'm not saying that these are best choices for software, but I'm familiar with them and I'm willing to try to help anyone who has a question about either one. The best way to learn to transcribe is to just start doing it, and start easy.