Lead Sheet Service

Music Transcription and Lead Sheet Services

Professional lead sheet and music engraving since the 1980's. Scot has made thousands of lead sheets, transcriptions, charts, and score reductions for his bands and his clients projects. Source material for lead sheets is anything from old hand written charts to sheetmusic and score reductions to transcribing music from virtually any source.

All lead sheets and other music publishing is done with Sibelius software. Scot also offers personal Sibelius lessons and Sibelius tutorials.

Are you looking for a professional music transcription service?

 Scot has prepared a number of lead sheets for me and he has always been prompt, accurate and professional. He has also made valuable suggestions at times when needed, for example changing chords to improve or correct the harmony and make progressions flow more smoothly. I highly recommend his services! ~ Rogert Frankham

Do you need lead sheets or sheet music? 

Is there a song or video that you want sheet music made from?

Professional quality charts, lead sheets and sheet music make a big difference when you're giving them to musicians, and that's what you get here.

As a working musician and sideman I know the value of good charts and lead sheets from years of first hand experience. I've also made thousands of charts and have a knack on making them extremely readable. No confusion, no questions, just easy to read music.

You can hire the best musicians for studio sessions and club dates but if your charts are confusing or hard to read, your sessions will cost twice as much and your gigs will suffer as your sidemen struggle to make good music.

Awesome charts! Thanks! I will definitely ping you in the future as I need more of these! ~ Jonathan

Vocal Charts and Leadsheets

When a vocalist hands me a folder of dog eared hand written charts covered in years of pencil marks, I know it’s the beginning of a long night. However, if it’s a book of professional charts that make it easy to play the music, I’m all smiles.

 Hello Scot, you did a lead sheet for me back in April and I wanted to say that you did a great job, thank you! ~ Susana

Prices: lead sheets, chart modernization, transcriptions, chart editing

Work such as chart modernization – turn hand written and other old lead sheets into professionally published charts - usually doesn't take that long, but a transcription from an mp3 or video file usually takes longer depending on the complexity of the music and pitch/timing accuracy of the vocals. 

I give accurate estimates once I have the details and will normally cap the price at the high end of the estimate if the job takes longer than I anticipated. For larger jobs we can make a deal. Let me know what you need. 

All fees must be paid before I send you the chart(s).

 Scot Ranney is professional and easy to work with, and I look forward to working with him again! ~ Kim


Next day service is available but it will depend on my gig schedule and what else is on the list.

 The chart was very helpful and is spot on. Glad to find you and will use your services again. ~ Matthew

Expertise and Experience

I started making lead sheets and charts in the 1980’s and have written charts for dozens of vocalists I’ve worked with, broken down orchestra scores into small band situations, and transcribed hundreds of songs and solos. I do lead sheet and chart work fast and accurately and will always work with you to get it right.

Transcriptions from Videos, MP3, Cassete Tape, and More

Get sheet music from a video or recording just the way you want it. Your band can't play a video, you need lead sheets.

My transcription and take down service turns music from any recording or video format into studio and stage ready charts.

This transcription of Leslie Odom's version of, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", was for a pastor at a church who needed it fast so I got it to him the next day.

Chart Modernization: Turn Old Charts Into Works of Art

When your hand written charts are hard to read from years of use, mark up, and musician sweat, it's time to get them professionally done. I use Sibelius software to make lead sheets and it's easy to change styles to suit my client's needs.

Original "Danny Boy" Chart
New "Old" Style
Modern Real Book Style

 I'm constantly in need of a copyist who can take my handwritten music charts and turn them into professionally notated charts. They need to be musically correct, easy to read, and presented in a professional looking manner. I also had some questions about chord voicings and Scot gave me some solid advice. Did I mention that I needed the charts by yesterday and Scot came through? In addition to producing high quality charts, he's affordable and a great guy to work with. With his musical background, he knew exactly what I needed and the charts were perfect. Scot Ranney is the copyists to call! ~ Dee Daniels, Award Winning Jazz Vocalist, Composer, and Educator

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