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Frequently Asked Questions

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Which songs can be transcribed?

We can transcribe all songs and music genres! Send us your songs and we’ll transcribe them – whether it’s piano covers, guitar TABs, jazz solos, vocals, orchestral themes, or original compositions. We’ve got you covered!

Which music styles do you transcribe?

All music styles, all genres: pop, jazz, Broadway, rock, classical, R&B, blues, reggae, country, hip-hop, EDM, folk, African music, Indian music… you name it!

Which instruments do you transcribe?

All instruments! We’ve got an expert for every instrument on our team, guaranteeing your specific request is in the hands of the right specialist. We also have professional arrangers, copyists, and a quality control team that will make sure everything is spot on.

If I only want a portion of the song, do I have to pay the full price?

No. If you only want a portion of the song, let us know what timestamps you want and we will adjust the price quote for you – we won’t charge the cost of transcribing the full song.

Can you create a karaoke or backing track?

Absolutely! We have a specialized Backing Tracks and Productions service for this and can create a backing track with any instrument(s) you want. We can craft it digitally, using midi with top-notch VST instruments, or we can produce a high-quality recording with professional musicians.

Can I see some examples of your work?

Of course! Take a look at all our samples here.

Can you adjust the transcription to my playing skills?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We can adapt any piece of music to suit your playing level so you can fully enjoy the transcription.

Can I read what your customers have said about your services?

Definitely, please take a look here: Reviews

Can you work on big projects?

We thrive on big projects. Our team of 40+ musicians can coordinate to work on your project and deliver multiple transcriptions in a short amount of time. Our customers have trusted us to work on the following projects: original CDs, full musicals, songwriting projects, large-scale arrangements for upcoming concerts… the list goes on!

I need a midi transcription – can you do that?

Yes. We can automatically generate a midi file after the sheet music has been transcribed. We’ll include this midi file on delivery free of charge!

I need a transposition – can you do that?

Yes, if you have the sheet music already, we can digitize it and transpose it to any key. In fact, we have a specific Transposing Service dedicated to just this!

We also include up to three free transpositions in every transcription request 🙂

I have a pdf and I need the MusicXML/Finale/Sibelius/MuseScore/midi file – can you do that?

Yes! We have a Music Copying & Digitizing Service to handle just that! We can provide you with any digital file you need.

I need a digital version of handwritten manuscript. Do you offer that service?

Yes, we do. Our Music Copying & Digitizing Service covers that! We can turn any manuscript into a 100%-accurate digital score with a clean, professional layout.

In which languages can you add lyrics?

We can add lyrics in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Russian, Catalan and Japanese. For any other language, if you send us the hyphenated lyrics, we can certainly add them too! Here’s an example of hyphenation: hy-phen-at-ed lyr-ics. (The lyrics should be romanized if the language uses a different script). See some examples here

I have created a song - if I send you a recording of myself singing it, can you add an instrumental accompaniment?

Certainly! Send us your recording and let us know which instruments you would like in the accompaniment, we will take care of the rest.

I would like to frame a song for a special occasion - do you offer this service?

Indeed! We can transcribe the entire song or just the best part. We’ll deliver your transcription in a beautiful format, ready for printing and framing.

I don't know how to read sheet music very well. Can you help me?

Yes, we’re here to help! Here are some of the things we can do:

  • Create a Synthesia (piano only) or Soundslice (any instrument) tutorial for you.
  • Simplify the piece to suit your level.
  • Add fingering suggestions in the most complex passages of the score to help you learn the piece.
  • Add educational large noteheads with note names.

Can you create a video tutorial for me so that I can learn how to play the piece?

Absolutely! We can create a Synthesia (piano only) or Soundslice (any instrument) tutorial for you.

I have transcribed a song but I need someone to proof read and edit it. Can you do that?

Indeed! If you just need us to work on the layout so that it looks like a beautiful, professional score, our team of proof editors will take care of it!

If you need us to check the accuracy of the notes, this will take more time. Depending on the complexity of the music and the accuracy of your transcription, it might take more time for us to edit the score than to transcribe it from scratch. Nevertheless, it is definitely something we can do for you!

I want to write a musical and have some ideas for melodies and lyrics. Can you help me develop these into a full musical?

Certainly! We have worked on many projects like this! You can send us your ideas of melodies and lyrics and our songwriters will help you develop them into full songs. Our piano transcribers can also create beautiful piano accompaniments for the songs.

If you would like to make the project even larger, we can eventually create arrangements for a pit orchestra too!

Ordering process

Overall, how does it work?

1. You request a quote – Send us the music you want us to transcribe (an audio file or a Youtube link!) and give us all relevant information: instruments, timestamps, difficulty, and arrangement details.

2. We assess and adapt – We are all music transcribers: we will listen to your music and get back to you with a price quote that suits your needs. An in-house specialist is always ready to take care of your project.

3. You place the order – When all details and the price quote have been agreed on, you will place your order securely to get us started.

4. We transcribe – Our professional transcribers will craft your transcription as agreed. We will ensure the process is smooth and keep you updated if we have news or questions.

5. You enjoy the music – 100% satisfaction – We will send you the completed transcription in all the formats you need to print or use it.

We will make sure everything looks good to you. Adjusting any small details that might have been missed is our job too.

How do I get a price quote?

Go to our contact us page where you can fill out our contact form or find our email and phone numbers. Send us the music you want us to transcribe (an audio file or YouTube link!) and let us know all the relevant information: instruments, arrangement details, preferred deadline, etc. We will get back to you with a price quote within the next 1-4 hours!

How long does it take?

Our standard delivery time is 1-2 days and we also have a rush order service!

Larger or highly complex projects may take a little longer. Let us know your preferences – we will strive to meet your deadlines.

I need a transcription done urgently. Can you help me?

Yes, we have a rush order service for urgent requests. Get in touch with your requirements and we’ll take it from there.

How much does it cost?

Our prices are based on the length and complexity of the music as well as the instrument(s) you require. Every transcription is different and our prices reflect the time and skill required to transcribe the music.

We strive to offer a top-notch transcription service at a reasonable cost and we have pricing options for every budget.

Find out more in our Pricing section.

How do I pay?

Once we agree on the exact details of your transcription, we will send you a link to our secure payment gateway, along with the payment instructions.

You can use our fast Credit/Debit Card payment gateway for VISA and Mastercard, an alternative payment gateway for other cards like AMEX, Discover, etc., or the PayPal checkout for PayPal funds.

If these options don’t work for you, we also accept payments via direct bank transfer – instructions will be provided via email.

All payment gateways are encrypted and secure.

Note that you can create a customer account with us for future purchases and to easily keep track of your orders.

What currencies do you accept?

We accept all currencies! While USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, and JPY are the most common, let us know if you prefer to pay in your local currency –  we can accommodate!

Do I pay before or after receiving the sheet music?

A full upfront payment is required in order for us to start working on your transcription. It’s a standard practice among online businesses, but if it concerns you, give us a call or send us an email – we’ve got alternative options to ensure you feel secure!

Do you have a minimum price?

Our minimum fee for most projects is $50 USD.

Do you offer any bulk discounts?

Yes! If you request 3 or more songs, we can apply a 10% discount on the total cost.

For large-scale projects, we’re open to discussing bulk discount options on a case-by-case basis.

What happens if your transcription is not accurate or does not look good to me?

In our professional approach to music transcription, we take accuracy very seriously. We always strive to deliver the best possible transcription to meet (or exceed!) your expectations.

If something goes wrong, we will revise your transcription and send you updated versions until it is 100% accurate and you are happy with it.

Can I ask for changes on the transcription you sent me?

Feel free to ask us for edits if there have been any inconsistencies on our part or if you would like minor changes such as key transpositions.

For additional subjective changes on a completed transcription, we can agree on a small, reasonable extra fee to cover the extra time required for the work.

Can I edit the score you send me?

Yes! We include editable XML, midi and Finale/Sibelius/Musescore files free of charge upon delivery so that you can further edit the sheet music in any way you wish.

If you use a specific score notation program (like Sibelius, Finale, Musescore, or GuitarPro), let us know beforehand so that we can send you the right file formats!

Can you send me a free sample before placing the order?

We don’t provide free samples of your specific request, but we have plenty of transcription samples that we can send you so that you get a very good idea of what the finished product will look like.

In addition, we can start off by transcribing the first minute of your request for a smaller fee so that you can try our services before proceeding with the full payment.

I want to try your services but I don’t want to commit to the full project – is that OK?

No problem! We can start off by transcribing the first minute of your request for a smaller fee so that you can try our services before proceeding with the full payment.

When are you open? When can I contact you?

You can contact us at any time and we’ll reply within the next 1-4 hours. Our phone and web chat might be subject to availability, but rest assured we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re available again!

How can I contact you?

The easiest way to contact us is via our Contact From or via emailinfo@mysheetmusictranscriptions.com For quick queries we have a web chat, and you can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Discord.

You can call us from everywhere in the world:
US / Canada: 347-329-4343
UK: 0203 318 5677
Australia: (02) 9052 0877
Europe: +44 2033185677
Rest of the World: +1 347-329-4343

Please find more information on our Contact page.

What is VAT and how does it work?

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a general, broadly-based consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services. It applies more or less to all goods and services that are bought and sold for use or consumption in the European Union.

Do you have any guarantee this is a safe service?

Definitely. We are a serious, reliable company with 30,000+ delivered transcriptions since 2011, and more than 1,300 five-star reviews across Google, Trustpilot, and Facebook. See reviews here.

We also have an SSL certificate on our site (see the https on your URL bar), which means our website is secure.

Technical questions

What is a sheet music .pdf file?

Our .pdf files open as clean, professional-looking sheet music on any computer. They are ready for printing at home or at any store.

What is a midi file?

When we transcribe a piece, we can extract a midi file from the sheet music we create. This midi file is a digital file that contains the information needed for computer programs or electronic instruments to be able to reproduce the piece of music. It doesn’t have any sound of its own, but instead, it guides the program or electronic instrument on how to produce the music by giving it information on what notes to play, how long to play them for, etc.

If you open the midi file in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) you will be able to hear and edit it. However, please keep in mind that this is only a rough representation of the music as it is computerized and will sound very robotic. It does not contain the nuances and beauty of a real-life performance.

It can be very useful for practicing!

What is a Sibelius (.sib), Finale (.musx), or MuseScore (.mscz) file?

These are files from the specific music notation software programs we use when manually transcribing the music note-by-note.

.sib Sibelius files can only be opened in Sibelius music notation software.

.musx Finale files can only be opened in Finale music notation software.

.mscz MuseScore files can only be opened in MuseScore music notation software.

If you have one of these software programs, you’ll be able to open the file and edit it!

What is a MusicXML (.xml) file?

MusicXML is a file format with music notation information. It can be opened by any music notation software such as Sibelius, Finale, or MuseScore. We generate these files from our preferred software so that they can be compatible with any other notation program. More info can be found here.

Does this service violate copyright law?

The service provided is intended for private, non-commercial use. You can enjoy our transcriptions at home with friends and family but cannot resell, distribute, or publish without consent.

If we transcribe or arrange your original music, we will not withhold any rights and you are free to use it as you wish.

I am a songwriter and I want you to transcribe my music. Who will own the sheet music?

If we transcribe your original music, we will not withhold any rights on the transcriptions. The scores provided will belong to you – you can distribute, share, and sell them as you wish.

Can I sell your transcriptions online?

You will only be able to sell our transcriptions online if they are your original compositions. In any other case, the score is intended for private, non-commercial use only.

If I send you a midi file - will this facilitate the transcription process?

Usually, having the midi file does not make the transcription process quicker or easier for us. Converting midi files into sheet music doesn’t really work as the results are full of errors and have to be fully revised, a process that often takes longer than transcribing the piece from scratch.

There is however one advantage to having a midi file. It can help us ensure full 100% note accuracy as we’ll clearly be able to see what pitches are being played in any ambiguous sections.

How do you transcribe music? Do you use a transcription software?

We transcribe and arrange music by ear, manually typing it into our music notation software note-by-note. This is a detailed and thorough process. We do not use any music transcription software because it delivers poor results and at My Sheet Music Transcriptions, we strive to provide a world-class transcription service. 

All of our transcribers are professional musicians who take pride in their craft.

About us

Who are you?

We are a team of 40+ professional musicians, transcribers, arrangers, and composers. Our headquarters are in Barcelona, where we started our journey, but we now work with musicians from all around the world – mainly across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe – with a strong presence in New York and London! Our mission is to spread music globally through customized transcriptions and arrangements.

We have been growing since 2011, and have completed more than 32,000 transcriptions so far. We believe a friendly customer service and a talented group of music transcribers is the best way to provide you with the sheet music you have always wanted.

Where are you based?

Our headquarters are in Barcelona, where we started our journey, but we now work with musicians from all around the world – mainly across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe – with a strong presence in New York and London.

Who do you usually work for?

We have an extensive and diverse clientele: from original composers and songwriters who want their music transcribed to music lovers who want to play their favorite songs but cannot find the sheet music online, and gigging musicians who don’t have the time to create their sheet music themselves.

Our work ranges from big projects with orchestras, bands, musicals, and schools to individual projects, with both professional and amateur musicians. 

What we all have in common is that music is our passion 🙂