Been doing some transcribing lately. Well, I haven't actually been writing anything down, just learning the lines. I've learned some Grant Green, and some of the licks of TGP members have made available on the member soundclip forum (including the work of yZe, Tag, harryj). What a beneficial that pursuit that is! I find that new material is more deeply ingrained when you cop it by ear, as opposed to when you read it. I think it is because the act of listening and repeating 100 times engages your ears and mind as well as your fingers. You really get to know the line in a way you don't when it is spoon fed to you. After cracking some lines, I learned the 'secrets' of certain sounds I have been hearing for years. Among them are the use of the major 7 over minor chords and the 3 to b9 movements on dominant chords. I also made sense of some ii-V-I motions I'd been hearing in the harmony. This will be a "no-duh" to many of you, as transcribing is a common developmental exercise. But I thought I'd share my recent experience in the hopes of getting others motivated to tackle some transcribing. Have fun!