I'm afraid I don't have any pointers, but I just wanted to say that I think what you're doing is awesome. I've transcripted a few Dead songs onto my uke (U.S. Blues, Standing on the Moon, Built to Last, Brokedown Palace, and a couple others). Right now I'm working on transcripting Friend of the Devil. I tried Eyes once, but I wasn't able to go through with it.
Anyway, if you've even bothered to read this useless post this far, I'd just like to say good luck, and just keep truckin' on. I believe in you.