Out of necessity, I've gotten pretty good at transcribing away from the bass. I just listen to a line phrase-by-phrase, sing the phrase, and enter it right into notation software (MuseScore in my case) to double check the rhythmic notation without ever touching the bass. (Good to do late at night or early in the AM when I don't want to wake other people.) I obviously go back and try to play these transcriptions on the bass, but I'm curious if I'm doing myself a disservice by not having these phrases pass through my hands during the transcription process. It's (logistically) easier to just transcribe by ear while sitting down with a laptop, rather than juggling the bass and pencil and paper, etc... but am I shooting myself in the foot?