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Here's what we do:

Transcribe music (create sheet music) - this is the most common service that we perform. You give us a recording of a song and we give you the sheet music in PDF form, plus MP3 and XML files. You can see lots of example on our More Work Samples page. If your song is on YouTube you can order from the home page. If the song is somewhere else (Soundcloud, MP3 file, etc), contact us .

Rearrange music (create sheet music and simplify the arrangement) - you give us a song in one format (say, a pop song by the Supremes) and we give it back to you arranged for solo piano or guitar, plus vocals. You get PDF sheet music, plus MP3 and XML files. We do this for our regular price, and you order in the usual way - if your song is on YouTube you can order from the home page. If the song is somewhere else (Soundcloud, MP3 file, etc), contact us .

Create new music arrangement - you give us a melody and lyrics, and we create a full arrangement for you. See the FAQ "Can you create a music arrangement?" further down on this page for more info.

Copy music - you give us handwritten sheet music and we convert it to professional quality printed sheet music, as well as giving you MP3 and XML versions. Generally we charge $7 per page. Contact us for details.

We can create accurate sheet music for just about any kind of music including rock, pop, adult contemporary, R&B, folk, country, blues, inspirational/Christian, Latin, children's songs, most jazz, reggae, Asian pop, and hip hop. See some samples here. For most songs, you'll get sheet music with 2 keyboard staffs (left and right hand), a staff for vocal or lead guitar, and chords. If you song has other instruments, we'll transcribe those too.

We can also do percussion pieces, ranging from simple to highly complex.

Most jobs are done at our standard price per minute (you'll see it in the upper right corner of the home page), For a few dollars more we can also do more complex pieces, such as modern jazz, electronic music, opera, classical, experimental music, chamber music, and orchestral pieces, or give you sheet music with lines for more individual instruments. And we can also do multi-part vocal pieces. If you're not sure, please contact us and send us the link, and we'll let you know if we can do it (answer is probably YES) and what the price would be.

Yes! You can see a couple of examples here and here. Usually we can do percussion pieces for our standard price, which you can see on the home page upper right corner.

No problem Just tell us what you want, in the Comments field when you place the order.

About 2/3 of our projects are solo piano, piano-plus-vocals, or guitar-plus-vocals. But we have also transcribed for other instruments including accordion, cello, violin, harp, flute, mandolin, trumpet, church organ, oud, clarinet, and marimba. We can also do complex percussion-only pieces. Most of these jobs are done at our standard price per minute. Ask us if you have a special request!

Yes, we can create an original musical arrangement for you.

What is it? Let's say you've written and recorded a song that's just your voice, and you want sheet music for that song with a rich piano accompaniment.

What do I give you? Contact us and send us the recording of the song, and the lyrics, and some instructions for what style you're looking for. Ideally you'll give us YouTube links (or MP3 recordings) of songs that have the sound that you're looking for.

What do you do? We put you in touch directly with the expert who will be doing the work. They'll do the work for you, usually within a week or 10 days. The expert will send you a PDF of the sheet music, a computer-generated MP3 file that you can listen to, and an XML file that you can edit if you want. (Note that the MP3 file is just for checking the notes, it is not a studio recording!) You will review the work, and if you like, our expert will make 1 or 2 revisions of the work to match what you're looking for.

What's the cost? $45 per minute of music, assuming you want a piano and vocal arrangement. We can do multiple instruments and/or voices, but that costs more, generally adding $5 per minute for each additional instrument or voice.

What if I'm not satisfied? We try VERY hard to make you happy, but if after 2 rounds of revisions you are still not satisfied, we will refund you 1/2 of the fee you've paid.

How do I get started? Send email to sales@tunescribers.com and send us the info listed above. We'll get back to you with a price and instructions for how to order.

We can transpose the song into a different key (that is, make it higher or lower in pitch) for you, for a small charge that you'll see when you go through the ordering process. Tell us your preferred key, or tell us to just shift it up (higher pitch) or down (lower pitch) and how much. Or if you want to get rid of those pesky black keys, just tell us to select an easier key, and we will transpose the song for you, usually to the key of C or G.

No problem. We've done dozens of guitar solos, clarinet solos, keyboard solos, and so on. When you order, just specify the start time and end time of the part you want, and we'll transcribe just that part. You only pay for the music you need.

You're in luck! The members of our international transcription network speak over a dozen languages, including Bulgarian! But no matter what language the song is in, PLEASE provide us with the lyrics, and we'll insert them into the sheet music for you. No extra charge.

Yes, but it may cost you a bit more than our standard rate (which you'll see in the upper right corner of the home page). We generally do 2 or 3 instruments at the standard rate. Additional instruments are $5/minute for regular complexity songs, and $7/minute for more complex songs. Contact us for exact pricing.

Yes. "Beginner notes" are large notes that have the note letter ("C", "D", "E", etc.) written right inside the body of the note. Generally these are also simplified versions of the song, geared towards beginning keyboard players. We can do these, see this example which is a melody only. We can also create beginner sheet music with the lyrics included too.

Yes. On this page, look for the question "Can you create an arrangement?" and click it for more details.

Yes, no problem. We can usually do 3 or 4 different parts for our standard price. If it's a very complex piece of music we will get back to you with a price.

We guarantee one week, but it's usually 3 to 5 days. If you're really in a hurry, you can order rush service for an extra fee, and get delivery in 48 hours or less.

No problem! Normally we deliver in a week, but if you're really in a hurry we can deliver within 4 days, usually less. There's an extra charge for this, which you'll see when you go through the ordering process.

IF YOUR SONG IS ALREADY ON YOUTUBE: type or paste the YouTube link for the song into the box on our home page. We will look up the song on YouTube and show it to you. Next, you will see a pair of sliders on the home page, use them to indicate the start and end times of the music that you want us to transcribe. After that, you'll be taken through a few more ordering steps, then you pay for the order and you're all set. That's it. No phone calls, no email exchanges, no haggling, no delays. At the time you order you'll know exactly how much the job will cost and how long it will take. IF YOUR SONG IS NOT ALREADY ON YOUTUBE: contact us and send us the file or a link to the music, along with some info about what you want. We will get back to you with a price quote and a special code that you can use to order on our website.

No problem. Contact us via the Contact Us link, or email us at sales@tunescribers.com, and send us the link to the song (if it's online), or just send us the MP3 file. We'll get back to you with a price quote, and a special code that you can use to order from our website.

No problem. Find the link to the concert and paste it into the home page. We'll retrieve the concert video. Then use the sliders to specify the exact start and stop times for the song (or portion of song) that you want us to transcribe.

Yes, that sometimes happens, if the owner of the song restricts the use of the video in some way. No problem, just contact us (using the Contact Us form) and send us the YouTube link. We'll help you place the order.

When you go through the checkout process, you'll be able to pay by any major credit card, or PayPal. If you don't want to do this, you can always mail us a check or money order, but you'll have to wait for the check to clear before we process your order. Contact us via the Contact form for mailing instructions.

Normally we do standard complexity, which is a note-for-note copy of what you give us (or, in the case of an arrangement, a level of complexity that matches the style of the song). However, if you're a beginning or advanced-beginning pianist, you might want us to give you a simplified piano version. It's the same price. Here's an Here's an example of a simplified piano piece that we did, of the song "One More Kiss, Goodbye."

On the home page, just below the two white boxes, you'll see a yellow link that reads "I have a Tunescribers product code". Click on that link, and you'll see a popup window that asks you to enter the product code. Go ahead and type your product code in that window, then click CONTINUE. Then finish the checkout process.

You will have to convert the iTunes songs to MP3 files and send them to us. Follow these instructions.

Yes, if you own the rights to the music, we’ll transcribe it and you can do anything you like with it. We can also put your copyright notice on the music if you want. When you order, you'll see a Comments field on the last page of the ordering process Put your copyright instructions there.

I received my transcription last week and I am very happy with it. Although this may be a normal day job for you and your talented team of transcribers, I wanted to let you know how truly amazing it is to have a service that allows you to have access to your favourite songs that you may otherwise never be able to play. Music has such a deep meaning to so many people, and for you to provide the means to allow anyone to learn their favourite, most memorable songs, is really special. Thank you for that.

Hi Jeff, I received the result. The transcription is very accurate having the fact that multiple keyboard instruments are played simultaneously. Thank you very much! -Maggie

Hi, I received the completed order this morning, and wanted to thank you for providing such an amazing service. And quick, too!

I don't know how you guys do it, so I'm gonna chalk it up to musical magic, haha. The sheet music we received seems to be quite accurate (at least to my ears), and it is a huge help in learning to play the song. (We also reached out to the writer and performer, and got permission to perform it live). My one regret not asking for the drum part to be transcribed, but you live and you learn.

Thanks again! And I'll definitely be coming back for more songs in the future.

Best regards,
Mike

Jeff,

Thanks so much for this. It's a great pleasure to do business with you and your fellow Tunescribers.

I want to say a word about Sam. His work, on two assignments, is exemplary. He has an affinity and ear for these big band charts (and his background, of course, shows that he's got much ability in it). I have a library of both classical and pop transcripts for piano and I love playing them (I am also a conductor and have led both orchestras and big bands).The best transcribers are faithful to the music--we all expect that-- but you can also see how considerate they are in their markings and voicings. Also, the way they transcription lays under the hand is an important factor. Sam is truly superb at all of this. I hope I get to work with him in the future.

Mark

Hi Just a note to say thank-you for the work you did for me recently The detail in the manuscript is excellent I don't know how you do it, especially having to work with such a poor recording I will certainly use you again & will highly recommend Much appreciated Brian

Thanks! I’m so excited to know about you folks—and such an easy process! I’m already thinking of other songs I would like to get transcribed. Might even have my own piano arrangements transcribed!
Paul

Very nice!! Thank you very much! I can't say enough good things about the quality of work, communication and overall professionalism I've experienced as a Tunescribers customer. It's been an absolute pleasure. I'm so glad I discovered your company. Thanks, Michael

Thanks Jeff. This is really, really, outstanding work. Incredible quality. Please pass on my note to your team when you get a minute, the accuracy and care that went into this is really fantastic. I'm not much of a musician anymore. I used to arrange and conduct professionally but have moved on from the music business. But I go way back with this little tune and it's always been a bit of a dream of mine to play it. I've gotten pretty rusty over the years and do not play much anymore, but this will certainly help push me back into practice. We'll keep in touch on the pre-transcribed piece that I asked about earlier this week. I'll let you know when I'm ready to purchase it. Meantime, please send my thanks to the team.

hi Jeff,

Just wanted to thank you and your team for what you guys do. It really has brought me a lot of Joy! Have a lovely and safe week

Nadal

You have an awesome service, Jeff! Saves me hours (days) of work that I don’t have time to do myself.

I anticipate utilizing your service regularly.

Thanks,
Doug

Hello,
Excellent work, thanks for your fast and high quality rewriting of track that I've been looking for so long!
-Jan

Thanks Jeff! I'm so happy I found your services! You've saved me so much trouble with your awesome scores!

Thank you!

Lauren

Jeff, I want to say thank you and I appreciate this service you are providing the public. I am very amazed with the talent you have collected among your team.
Billy Ray

Hi Jeff

I just wanted to say that my Dad's Magazine songs are being wrapped up right now, ready for his birthday.

I can't tell you what a great experience it has been working with your team on creating the transposed guitar tab you did for me. It was so efficient, brilliantly priced and the final product is fantastic. It was great to speak to you throughout and you knew exactly what I wanted. Please do thank Joanne for me.

Very best wishes and I'm sure I will be back!

Alex

Jeff. You are the greatest. Work and delivery on Sundays and holidays. I want you to know I just put together a Dixieland band, some of us rehearsed for the first time on Saturday and had a blast. I’m pretty sure I am going to call on you in 2018. You and your people have done a FANTASTIC job for me and I look forward to much more. I am passing your name around so if there are others like me, they can benefit from your services. Thank you again. You can’t imagine how you have enriched my life musically.
Your friend forever.
John

Thanks ! You just made my heart glad and restored my belief in your company and reaffirmed my belief in the inherent goodness of people. It’s important especially in these days for a spirit to be able to believe in people and you just worked wonders for my soul. Thank you for caring about your customers.

BRAAAAAAAA-VOOOO!!! Ok, please forward all my projects to Chris from now on! He captures the spirit of my delivery as well as the notes and nuances! A+++! 5 stars! Lester

Hi Jeff, Thank you to yourself and Grant for all of your great work. The sheet music looks perfect now! In the future, I will definitely be returning to you for transcriptions. I have several other piano pieces in mind that I would love to have transcribed. Take care! Warmest regards, Patrick

Good evening Jeff, I received the completed transcription a couple of days ago and honestly it exceeded my expectations. When you mentioned how challenging this job would be because of the live mix, I was a little worried. But I was clearly worried for nothing as you and your team have delivered once again. And please give my best to Gatot for the exceptional work. Thank you! Regards, Mike

Hi Jeff, The sheet music for “More Than You Know” looks perfect! My great thanks to Gina for her excellent work! I will definitely be sending in my request for another transcription soon. Take care! Warmest regards, Patrick Dunn

Hi Jeff, I hope that all is going well. I wanted to email to thank you very much for all of the outstanding transcriptions from you and your team. I could not be more pleased with the quality of the work! This includes the attention to detail as well as the timeliness of the work. I extend my full thanks to you and your team! Due to this, I will definitely be returning for future transcriptions.

Thankyou Jeff, The sheet music I have had so far, I played at a gig on Sunday and it was received very well! I do have some more to transcribe but will pace it. I know I can pick the notes out but takes time and i rather just play!! Thanks again for your excellent service. Nikki

We do most transcription jobs for our standard rate, which you can see on our home page, in the upper right corner. This is the price we charge for nearly all jobs, including note-for-note transcription and simple arrangements (for example, arranging a pop song for solo piano and vocals). We charge more for very complex transcription jobs, such as jazz improvisations, and songs that have several different instruments. We also charge more for creating arrangements from scratch. See the FAQ called "Can you create an arrangement?" for more details on that.

For jobs of $100 to $199, you can use discount code 100plus to save $1 per minute of music. For jobs of $200 or more, you can use ordering code 200plus to save 10% per minute of music.

It’s proportional, so for example a song that's 2 minutes and 30 seconds long will be 2.5x the per-minute price.

We respond to emails and handle orders 7 days a week. During regular business days (Mon-Fri excluding holidays) we generally will respond within an hour or so. On weekends and holidays we will respond within 8 hours, usually faster.

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