JamAlong Transcriptions

Welcome to JamAlong Transcriptions, where we TAB it out for you! With custom transcriptions, you can learn music… your way!

Not only do we do standard notation, but we also create custom Tablature for banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass and ukulele.  So that means anything you’ve been dying to learn, whether it’s a Doc Watson guitar solo or something crazy from Jake Shimabukuro, we’ll figure out exactly how they played it and send you the TAB for every note.

This is pretty awesome when you think about it. There are many transcription services out there, but they only send you standard notation and that does not show you how to actually play the piece. Only TAB does that!

JamAlong Transcriptions are not created by a computer or any automatic software, our team of talented musicians spend hours listening to your song and painstakingly writing it out for you. This means you get 99.999% accuracy, as well as real live human beings to talk to whenever you have questions about your transcription!

TAB and notation, in PDF, TEF or GuitarPro files

Optional slowed down audio track (MP3)

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Uke, Bass & Dobro

or, Lead Sheets for your original songs

Online video support to learn your transcription

 Best prices and customer support anywhere

(Please note: we provide transcriptions for all “single staff” instruments in treble clef, and bass in bass clef. Unfortunately this means we do not transcribe for piano, sorry!)

How it works

All we need is a recording, and we’ll create your music for you. When you fill out the order form below, you will have the options of providing a YouTube link to the song, or emailing an mp3. Whichever is easier for you.

CLICK HERE to see the custom transcription we made for this song, and other examples.

You can get music for an instrumental part, or send us a recording of your own songs and we’ll get you “lead sheets” (music notation with lyrics and chords!)

Then you’ll pay for the transcription and we’ll get to work, after we finish it you’ll be emailed the TAB and Notation of your song in PDF format, and you can request TablEdit or Guitar Pro files if you wish). For a few bucks extra you can get a slowed down recording of the original track, or a MIDI recording from the notation software, to help in learning the piece (please note, this is not a new recording played by us). And if you really want to make it fun, you can also book a live online music lesson with us to go over every note, or a Backing Track where we record the song for you with a full band, but you get to play the lead!

Please note: If the song you want to learn does not have your instrument already in it, then we can’t do a “transcription” for you! A transcription means you are sending us music for a particular instrument, and we are sending you back the notation for that particular instrument.  If you want us to arrange a song for you that is played on something else, you will need to order a Custom Lesson instead. Click HERE to do that, thank you!

Also be aware that transcribing is a very difficult and painstaking process, and involves going over every single note in your song until we get it right. So this process can take weeks or more, please be patient. 

TAB & standard notation $40

With audio file (slowed down mp3) $50

Lyrics with chords $FREE!


1. All transcriptions are “one time through” the song

Meaning, we will send you the complete melody, or “one time thru” the song. But if there are extra solos or variations that you want, those will count as new and separate transcriptions. So please be aware: one performance can actually be several repetitions of the piece, in which case you will need to either select just one, or purchase each “time through” as a separate transcription.

2. Song versus Solos

Please be aware that if you are ordering a vocal song with a band, your transcription will consist of the chords and hooks. In other words, all the important parts you need to know to perform the song, as played by the instrument you specify. This does not include any solo sections, for example improvised guitar solos in the middle of the song. All extended solos consist of a new transcription of the same price, and must be ordered separately (or you can just tell us in the notes and we’ll invoice you). However, if you are ordering an instrumental piece, then none of this applies 🙂

3. Length and Difficulty fees

If the piece gets over three pages we reserve the right to add a fee, but it depends on the difficulty as well. If a piece is insanely complicated or challenging (think Flight of the Bumble Bee) we will add a difficulty fee. Length and Difficulty fees are $25 per transcription or “time through”. We will inform you of Length and/or Difficulty fees prior to beginning your project, and these fees will be due before we will begin the job. We reserve the right to determine these fees, without debate from the customer.

4. Unworkable Songs

JamAlong Music retains the right to refuse to transcribe music that is unnecessarily  difficult or out of the range of ability for the instrument requested. In this case instructor will contact the customer and a new and more appropriate piece will be decided on. Also, if the part to be transcribed is obscured by other instruments or bad audio quality, we may decide to refuse the piece as well. Put yourself in our shoes: we need to be able to hear every single note! Also, please remember we only do transcriptions for “single staff” instruments in treble clef. So trumpet or flute is fine, but not piano, sorry.

5. Delivery Time

Once again, this is determined by the difficulty and length of the piece. Generally transcriptions can take between a couple of weeks to a month, but if the song is particularly challenging it can take longer. We are always available to call or email if you have questions about the progress of your orders. Please be aware that creating an accurate transcription requires us to listen to every single note, and then try various positions on the instrument until we are sure we have it correctly. This is not an easy process!

6. Accuracy

Our team of transcribers is second to none, as all of us are professionals and very familiar with all the common styles of these musical instruments. However, dependent on the difficulty and quality of the audio source, we cannot guarantee that the transcriptions are 100% match to how the artist originally played them. We can say that we try to 100, and refuse to fall much lower than that mark. Your JamAlong transcriber reserves the right to determine the accuracy of a TAB, and we do not engage in debate over the content of our transcriptions!

7. Format

You will receive your TAB and notation in PDF format, unless you specify “TablEdit” or “Guitar Pro” in the order form. If you specify either of these, we’ll include these additional file formats free of charge.

Sounds great!  What do I need to do?

Just complete a quick questionnaire and purchase your transcription in our secure online store.

Instrumental Break, or Lead Sheet for vocal songs

There are basically two kinds of transcriptions we can do for you, either a note-for-note TAB for that hot instrumental you’re dying to learn, or, a professional “lead sheet” of a vocal song. Lead Sheets are what you see when you open a song book, they include the notation for the melody of the song, as well as the lyrics and chords. If you are a songwriter and want your songs copyrighted, or need to have the band learn them note for note, this is a must have.

Transcription versus an “Arrangement”

Occasionally we get folks who confuse this difference, so it’s good to be clear about what these two terms mean. A transcription is simply a literal translation of an instrumental piece of music into notation and/or tablature. Our job is to accurately render the  piece onto paper exactly as it is played. An arrangement, on the other hand, is where we creatively adapt a piece of music to fit your instrument. So if the piece of music you choose does not actually have your instrument in the original recording, or you want a different interpretation than what you’re hearing,  you’re asking for an arrangement. And that’s perfectly fine, it’s just a different process as you’ll be placing it as a Custom Lesson order (which gives you the option of a video as well!)

Tablature (TAB) versus Notation

There is an ongoing battle about “which is better”, standard notation or TAB, and we believe that both are! The problem with only using notation if you are more of a beginner, is that you’ll still have to figure out where to play the note on your instrument. This is because when you are using an instrument like the piano or flute, there is only one place to find each note. Stringed instruments however can produce the same note in a number of places, and every player usually does it differently!

As depicted in the picture, standard notation simply shows you what note is being played, but not exactly where it is played (like tablature does).

For example, there are four different ways to get a plain old C note on the guitar! The second string at the first fret, the third string at the fifth fret, the fourth string at the tenth fret, and even the fifth string at the 15th fret!

So let’s say you were going to play Yankee Doodle (yes, we know you really wouldn’t do that, we’re just making an example!)

Although the standard notation would be the same for all instruments…

The TAB would be entirely different for the guitar, or banjo, or mandolin, or what have you…




So as you can see, every instrument has it’s own way of finding the melody, on different strings or frets (or valves or keys, etc). The benefits of standard notation are many, not in the least because it’s been around for over 500 years and so much of the worlds music is written using it. If you can read standard music notation on your instrument you can open up any music book and immediately hear what it sounds like, whether it’s jazz, classical, folk songs or an arpeggio. And that’s a pretty huge plus! However, as a beginner it can be confusing because it doesn’t show you how to find the note on your instrument, and that’s where TAB comes in. When you’re starting out, or learning a highly technical piece, TAB is very handy to find out exactly where on the neck the notes are being played. Or say if you’re  wanting to learn a Bela Fleck solo note-for-note, you would definitely want TAB for that.

So that’s why at JamAlong we use both! And if you don’t know how to read music yet, don’t despair, it’s actually a lot easier than people make you think. All you have to is head over to our Custom eLesson page and tell us what instrument you want to learn music reading for, and we’ll make you a video lesson that will get you sight-reading in a matter of days…what are ya waiting for?

Notice regarding Artist Transcriptions: JamAlong Music makes no claim that its Artist Transcriptions are 100% accurate, and they are only the best interpretation of the song by our music instructors. JamAlong Artist Transcriptions are for educational purposes only, and are not for re-sale. A transcription fee will apply (which is set as the “transcription fee”), but this is only to compensate our staff for their time and does not constitute a charge for the media used in this lesson.