How do I transcribe a piano piece?

I have my piano close to my computer, together with the original music file and a sheet music program.

I use the headphones, and I can hear the original file, my piano and the sheet music software Finale. I use VLC Media Player to slow down the music, for some fast notes that's necessary.

You don't need the expensive software Finale, you can use the free Finale NotePad, Musescore or another application.

If you find on YouTube someone playing the piece, it can be helpful to watch the mouvements of his hands and fingers too.

I play together with the original file, and so I can hear if the notes are right. When the computer plays the Finale file, it is also possible to recognize the mistakes. I hear, into the details, if the music is the same or not. You need patience, but it's a very interesting activity. I sometimes feel like an archaelogist digging in the sand (my piano) to find the stuff I want. And when you're finished, you almost know how to play the piece.

At the end, or in between, I print the piece and play it to listen if there are some mistakes left. It's weird that at some places you can feel, rather than hear, that something isn't quiet right yet.

I think every music lover has more or less the skill to do it. If you want to try it, I can offer you some lessons to help: contact.