A Big Reason Why I Have a Career as a Music Transcriber

I was browsing through my Facebook page when I found this string of comments from a Steve Stine post:

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One of the guys who commented on the new GuitarZoom “Guitarists of the 80s” course said, “Hey buddy! Are you reading the music to these leads as you play??”

Steve replied, “Tom, just wrote them out in my head and played them…”

Most of the time (myself included), many musicians write out their music inside their heads and just go out to play them. Another thing is that most of these musicians don’t have the time (or patience!) to write them out on paper for themselves. Let’s face it. The fact still stands that music transcription requires time, effort, and heaps of patience. These musical geniuses (like my buddy Steve Stine) give folks like me some kind of employment, and I am very thankful for that. Such musicians provide one big reason why I have a career as a music transcriber.

Perhaps there will come a time that the compositions inside my head will bring me great financial reward to the extent that I’ll just hit “record”, start playing, and then I could never be bothered to write them out on paper for myself. That would be a time that I will probably hire someone just like me to write them all out.

Until then, I’m the one being hired to do that sort of documentation. I really got nothing to complain about.


  1. Hi Mark, thank you for making time to write this article. I want to start as well doing music transcription as part-time job, i wrote hundreds of chord charts for churches and some piano and individual instruments. I don’t have huge experience, but that will come quick with practice.
    I am wondering if you could give me some directions how to find such jobs, or maybe you are full busy and you can give me some to help you. It would be great!
    Thank you!

    • Sorry for the rather late reply. You can start by going to sites like Upwork.com or Freelancer.com, make your profile there, then bid on music transcription jobs. You can also try setting up your own site for your services, advertise your services on ad sites like olx.ph, etc. It’s important that you build your portfolio first as this will always be the one that people will look at when inquiring about your work.

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