Transcribing vs Arranging

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Transcribing vs Arranging

Post by Phillips99 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:03 am

I've been reading guitarist bios. The book mentions if the guitarist was an accomplished transcribers or arranger. When talking about transcribing does that generally refer to directly making notation of a performance? Why would that term be used before recording? Does it also apply to transcribing from one instrument to another? Wouldn't that be arranging (or just transposing in some cases.) Just wanted some clarification. Thanks!
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Re: Transcribing vs Arranging

Post by Phillips99 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:36 pm

Ok, I think I got it figured out. Transcribing is transferring a piece of music so that it can be played on the guitar while maintaining the original piece as accurately as possible, while arranging is making the piece your own but at least keeping it identifiable as the original.
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Re: Transcribing vs Arranging

Post by pogmoor » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:13 pm

Phillips99 wrote:Transcribing is transferring a piece of music so that it can be played on the guitar while maintaining the original piece as accurately as possible, while arranging is making the piece your own but at least keeping it identifiable as the original.
That's broadly the way I think of it, though you tend to find the terms used fairly loosely.
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