"Hi, I'm Erin Mae Lewis, here today with another Habit for Your Healthy Music Habitat.
Today's habit is about transcribing your own music.
So if you're listening to something, or even picking out a familiar tune by ear, eventually you might want to write it down.
So when I'm doing that, I start by figuring out how many notes (approximately) go in each phrase.
I sketch it out.
Then I start to fill in the notes that I know...leaving space if there are notes that are tripping me up and I'm not sure about them.
So the first line of music takes up the first line of tablature. (I'm just using a blank sheet of dulcimer tab in front of me with my pencil.)
And then, after I do that, then I take it to a software like TablEdit (TablEdit.com) to try and fill in the rhythms and actually put it together in a piece of music that makes sense to read.
The software, like TablEdit, has a playback function so you can listen back and see if sounds like you think it should. And that can help you make the adjustments rhythmically or melodically if there is a spot that you've missed."