When I was in college, I applied similar techniques to electronic music. As a keyboardist with an interest in classical music, I used MIDI technology to program several large works by Wolfgang Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach. This is the best way to get inside a composer's work: to copy it note for note.
I have now launched a new epic project - copying the entire Bible by hand. Many people read the Bible from cover to cover every year, and several Bible-reading plans are available.
In the post about the Psalms, I shared the story about a man who wrote out the entire Bible in 2.5 years. My goal is to write out 10 verses per day. So far, since I started at the end of April 2014, I have exceeded this goal. I expect that it will take me 5-6 years to complete this.
Epic Works ComparedTo give you a sense of the enormity of this project, below is a chart that compares three epic works of fiction and the Bible, in terms of the number of total words.
Initial Progress ReportThus far, I have complete 9 chapters of the first book, Genesis. The chart below shows the chapters for each book of the Old Testament. As I complete chapters, I'll update this chart with the goal of an annual progress report to begin next year.
Have you ever tried a project like this? How did it come out? If you like this idea, please comment below and share on Facebook.