Transcribing & Arranging Horn Parts from “Josie” by Steely Dan

Lesson Chapters

FIRST! Listen to the Lesson Objective :01

CH 1 Why Do It? :53
CH 2 Getting Started by Finding Chord Charts on Internet 2:42
CH 3 Intro Horn Lick 3:45
CH 4 Chorus Horn Pads & Lick 9:35
CH 5 D.C. & Coda Horn Lick 17:34
CH 6 Ending Horn Lick 19:26

Lesson Goal

• Transcribing horn parts from a YouTube video of live Steely Dan concert
• Making notes choices for 3 or 4-part horn arr
• Entering notes into Finale notation program

Lesson Category

Jazz: Transcribing
Jazz: Composition & Arranging

Skill Level


Video Length



• Keyboard voicing skills
• Intermediate transcribing skills
• Basic knowledge of Finale notation program

Your Learning Steps


Watch lesson objective at beginning of this lesson


Break it down into small easy tasks


Slow repetition, relaxed concentration


• Listen repeatedly to figure out what notes each horn is playing. Use your keyboard and theory knowledge to help
• Write notes down on paper or enter directly into notation program like Finale or Sibelius
• Verify notes against recording again and add important details regarding dynamics, articulation and reh markers
• Tweak individual horn parts for maximum clarity, check transposition and print parts – or “Save as PDF” for your iPad!


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Steely Dan “Josie” from AJA CD on iTunes
Steely Dan “Josie (Live)” from Alive in America CD on iTunes
DKO Sheet Music
& DKO Recordings

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