I am taking Jazz Piano lessons at York University and my teacher and I are also doing ear training in my music lesson. My assignment is to transcribe “My Romance” by Ella Fitzgerald and “Barbados” by Charlie Parker. He expects me not to just transcribe the melody, but to know the chord voicings by ear. I am not getting marked on it, but it’s something I would love to do for the rest of my life. I have no experience transcribing chord voicings. It’s something I have never done before. Is there a step-by-step procedure to transcribe it systematically?
I think you know the answer to my question about transcribing chord voicings.
There’s no magic to transcribing chord voicings, so the usual advice on transcription ear training applies.
There are a few different ways to approach it:
If you are trying to work on a homework assignment right now, then #3 will be the fastest way to approach it. Use a piano or a guitar if you can to play back what you’ve written down and check it against the recording (i.e. check if there are extra notes in one which aren’t in the other?)
In the longer term I would recommend #1 and #2 which provide shortcuts to improve on the note-by-note approach.
I hope that helps!