Sooner or later in your career, you will be asked to transcribe something from audio alone, a task called a “takedown.” Most of you cringe at the prospect, but you really shouldn’t. Work is work. Only in this case, it also pays dividends beyond the paycheck that
can go on for the rest of your career. Simply put, there is no better route to developing the trained ears of a master musician than as a by-product of time spent aurally dismantling and reassembling unfamiliar material. All the ear-training programs in the world, with their out-of-context drills and sterile environments, are roughly akin to learning to speak and write solely by reading a dictionary.
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