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Sorry I couldn't find older post about this, though I think here is lot of info about transcribing... anyway

I wanted to compare transcribing between different ways.

With saxophone I feel it is much slower than with the piano. Solos are better in finger memory when I transcribe solos. But I don't usually bother to write to note paper, and also analysis suffers.

With piano it is easy and fast to write down solos, but trying to play it with sax after that it seems like I'm just learning another tune from notes.

I don't have experience about transcribing in my head so I can't comment that.

I hope you share your thoughts!
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Hi Tursula,
It's usually a good idea to learn and transcribe on your main instrument. So, if sax is your main instrument just transcribe with sax for starters. This is especially true if you are new to transcription.

In terms of your approach...try getting the exact notes, articulation, and rhythmic feel of the solo you transcribe first by ear. Play along with the recording until you can nail all the details. Then once that's mastered you can apply the next step which would be writing it out and then analyzing afterward. I think it's best to use your ears and your chops first and then analyze as a second step.

Hope this helps!
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