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To what extent do people agree with the following I wonder.
Transcribing solos is the best and fastest way to become an accomplished improviser. This is essentially the only method gypsies use to learn how to improvise. The real value of transcribing is not in the end result i.e. learning how to play a solo or lick. The value is in the process, straining your ears and fumbling around the neck to pick out the notes and rhythm of whatever you are transcribing. By doing this you will develop a natural ability to play what you hear in your head in your own solos. You may not be able to pin point exactly what you are doing to achieve this, you will be vaguely aware that you ear seems to guide you to all the right note choices and your hands are familiar with the shapes and patterns, but this hard-won skill will be there nonetheless. All the best players spend more time transcribing than doing anything else. Without spending a considerable amount of your practice time transcribing you will find it almost impossible to make progress as an improviser. To write down your transcriptions is to miss the point entirely.