Almost 10 years ago, I began transcribing music for my own learning. I found it was something I enjoyed, and got pretty good at. Over time I found word got around and people would contact me to do things for them.
This was really cool as it meant I could make some money on top of my teaching... little did I realise that it would soon make up 80% of my living, would be the thing I was known for, would feed my family and put a roof over our heads.
Since then I've been the go to guy for countless clients, both private (people just wanting to learn a song they love) or commercial work.
Look around and you'll see my work used by countless top names and websites, including Troy Grady, LickLibrary, Learning Guitar Now, Andy James, John Petrucci, Frank Gambale, Tom Quayle, Texas Blues Alley, My Twangy Guitar, Arobas Music, American Guitar Academy, Guitar Breakdown, JamTrackCentral, Century Media, Guitopia, and many more.
It's astonishing to think that millions of guitarists have used my work, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for clients all over the world.
While the days of 24 hour turnaround times are long behind me, I still like to fill most of my day with transcribing work.
I tend to get 3 or 4 jobs requests a day, so I'm now unable to take on everything that comes my way, but I do have a network of great transcribing friends I can put you in touch with if I have too much on.
But if you have a cool project that grabs my attention (which is about 95% of stuff that comes in!) then I'm happy to get you on my list.
I tend to limit myself to just guitar stuff these days as I'm so fast with it, but from time to time I do take on other things (I'm done everything from singers to orchestras in the last decade!).
As a rule, I charge by the minute of audio rather than an hourly rate. This way the client can price the job and have as much, or as little as they need, and there's no nasty surprises if the job takes me a long time. That's my problem, I should be better at my job. When you charge by the hour, you make more when you suck. I charge by the minute, so the faster I work, the more margin I have.
At the time of writing, basic rates are £22 per minute of audio (subject to change) with a minimum fee of £15. This can fluctuate a little for easier jobs.
If we agree on a job, then I take payment upfront, and that gets you on my list. (Sorry, I learned the hard way when some people decided to try and change the agreed fee when I was done... or worse still, changed their mind). I then deliver the work to you as a .gp .gpx and .pdf file for your enjoyment.
All work provided for non commercial use is for your personal use only. Legally I cannot sell you a transcription that you don't own, but I can sell my time to do a job. So keep the work to yourself, or face my blacklist!