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Music transcription is the process of listening to a piece of performed music (a live performance or recording) and make an attempt to write it down in musical notes or words. This could be done as a score, guitar tablature, simplified notation, or even your own informal shorthand. Being able to transcribe music relies on a range of listening skills, including good absolute and relative pitch skills, along with chord knowledge and rhythm skills. Music enthusiasts have good language and listening skills which enables them to transcribe a song lyrics.

Transcription in Music is the act of notating (a musical note is a system which represents aurally produced music through the use of written symbols) a piece which was previously not notated. Transcriptions help the performer to learn the piece by creating notes for all kinds of music. Transcriptions are common for music such as jazz (which usually consists of improvisation) and folk, which traditionally is taught from one generation to another by listening and imitating. If you are a music lover and wish to hire music transcriptionist, there are freelance music transcription services available online on top freelance sites by professional music transcribers who have proven experience in all types of music transcriptions.

What Music Transcriptionists Do?

A music transcriptionist is a professional touch typist who listens to recorded music and types what they hear. Some of the role and responsibilities may include-

  • Transcribe in accordance with style guides and terminology databases

  • Ensure that output is aligned with audio

  • Perform overall linguistic quality checking across transcriptions

  • Track individual transcribers’ performance

  • Attend weekly or monthly linguistic calls with the content validator to discuss the projects

You can find music transcriptionist providing freelance music transcription services on any of the online freelance websites. In order to have good freelance hire, please ensure you have considered below mentioned skills before signing a deal.

  • Native speaker fluency of the language for the transcription tasks

  • Excellent listening skills to understand and transcribe the source audio without linguistic mistakes

  • Tech savvy and  familiarity with common word processing or spreadsheet programs

  • Familiar with ways to receive large files, should know about dropbox, yousendit and other services.

Qualifications of Music Transcriptionists

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music where music transcription is covered

  • Some experience in editing, QA, data verification

  • Experience in working with style guides and/or glossaries (preferred)

  • Transcription experience (preferred)

  • Efficiently use Mac OS and iOS

  • Deep knowledge of music is prerequisite as well as excellent listening skills to be able to differentiate between different set of instruments say a piano from a guitar

Benefits of Music Transcriptionists

 A written form of music whether for an instrument or a voice can be shared with musicians for performances. There are several music enthusiasts offering freelance music transcription services on some of the best websites to hire freelancers, like Guru.

  • Converting your recorded songs and music performances to words or musical notes can facilitate other music lovers to play your piece off work with ease.

  • Professional Transcriptionists have experience of working with a number of music publishers in creating musical notations and have been successful in displaying outstanding talent with their transcribed works.

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