When Piano Transcribing

While it is true that a good transcriptionist should be able to transcribe just about anything, there are certain types of audio that present challenges. One such example is swear words. While many people may consider swear words to be offensive, a lot of times they are just part of the context of the speaker and used to convey emotion. Subtitling and transcription services often transcribe every curse word that is spoken, but this is not always the case in all situations.

The first step to transcribing correctly is knowing what is not offensive and what is. Some of the most common swear words are fuck, shit, and eff. However, other swear words that are used commonly are a**hole, motherf**ker, and cock.


When a person says these words, they are expressing anger, frustration, or exasperation, and it is not uncommon for their emotions to come through in the transcription. It is also important to remember that there are certain types of contexts where swearing would be inappropriate, including religious settings, professional meetings, and court proceedings.

What to Do in Curse Words When Piano Transcribing

There are a few things that you should do when working with curse words in your piano transcriptions. First, make sure to use proper capitalization. This is especially important when transcribing nouns, names, titles, places, and dates. Capitalizing these items helps readers identify them as being important and should be done regardless of where they are in a sentence. Also, it is important to transcribe verbs in the correct tense. Using the past tense shows that the action is over, while the future tense shows that it will occur.

Finally, be careful of words that sound alike but have different meanings. This is called homophones, and they can cause confusion for the reader if they are not careful. For example, the words effect and affect are different in meaning, but some people do not know this and confuse them.

It is also important to avoid filler words like and, so, or, etc. These are not necessary in most circumstances, and they can make the audio appear choppy and disjointed. To eliminate these words, you can either delete them one by one in your transcription or run Descript’s filler word detection, which will highlight all of the filler words in light blue and remove them from both the audio track and the transcript automatically.

Finally, be sure to listen to the entire audio clip before you begin typing. This will help you understand what is being said and give you a better idea of how the audio should be formatted. This will help you transcribe more accurately and prevent errors from occurring.

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