A shallow imitation of Mozart

My friend Keith asked me to look at some horn arrangements. They were a bit different than the recording so I sat down at the piano and transcribed the parts. It ended up looking something like this:

This is not the best picture because:

1. I was too lazy to scan it because the scanner is connected to my husband’s computer, which means I would have to scan it and then copy it to a flash drive and then copy it to my computer and then open Photoshop and then edit it.

2. I was too lazy to take a picture of it with my camera because I would have to connect my camera to my computer and download the image.

3. I used my iPhone. I guess I had to load my iPhone image to my computer but since I have a permanent cable connected to my computer, this is a Piece of Cake.

Looking at this transcription, I have a long ways to go until I even get close to being like Mozart. (Not that Mozart was really a role model for me. I’m just being figurative here. (What does figurative mean? It is 1:47 am and my brain is not working. Did I use the right word?))

Here’s why:

• I’m not entirely sure all the notes are right.

• It took me a while to listen to the song over and over and over and over and over and over to see if I got the notes right. I was pretty slow.

• Even when I thought I got the notes right I was not sure I got the rhythm right.

• All the notes are actually an octave higher than they are in the recording. This is because the original version I received was like this. So I was too lazy to transcribe everything an octave lower.

• There are octaves on here but I don’t even know if the recording actually plays octaves. Once again, I became a conformist and just followed what was on the arrangement I was working off of.

• I had another thought but I just forgot it. I guess my brain really is not working too well tonight.

• I didn’t even have the right title. This song is not “You Are Good,” it is “Better Than Life.” But you would never know this from the title that is actually on the page.

• It is highly doubtful that Mozart would be listening to gospel-funk-rock-contemporary-Christian-type-music anyway.

But it does look kinda chicken-scratchish, which is what original manuscripts of those famous composers looked like.

So perhaps there is hope after all.

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

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