Recommended Software

Full disclosure here, the links provided are affiliate links so I will get a little commission if you end up buying the software.  I use this stuff every day so I would definitely recommend you checking them out.

Transcribing Songs - Transcribe!

I've tried a couple of different pieces of software when transcribing music for students (and YouTube viewers), but I've found Transcribe! by Seventh String to be the best.

Transcribe! is a playback tool which is optimised for the purpose of transcription. It does not do the transcribing for you and it is not a substitute for having a good ear. But whether your ear is good or not, Transcribe! can make the process of transcription far easier than the CD or mp3 player or other playback device you would otherwise have used. Transcribe! offers many features to make the work of transcription smoother and easier, including the ability to slow the music down without changing its pitch, and to analyse chords and show you what notes are present.

As well as standard features like scrolling through the waveform, changing tempo and pitch and looping sections, I particularly like that Transcribe! can work with video formats.  I'm often transcribing from videos to be sure of exactly how a song or passage of music is being played.

Creating TABs - Guitar Pro 7

I've been using Guitar Pro for over 10 years and I'm currently on their latest version, Guitar Pro 7.  I use it for all the TAB on my YouTube videos.

Guitar Pro allows you to edit your music scores and tablature for guitar, bass, and ukulele, as well as create backing tracks for drums or piano. This is a most thorough yet user-friendly tool for musicians who wish to get better, compose, or simply play along.

This is an essential piece of software for any guitarist, if only for opening up those Guitar Pro files from Ultimate Guitar.  I use it to write out all my transcriptions and like that its interface is really intuitive.

It's a great practice tool too.  You can loop and change the speed of any number of measures to perfect any part you're having trouble with.  There's so much you can do with it.  Definitely worth checking out!  

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Chord Boxes and Fretboard Diagrams - Neck Diagrams

Neck Diagrams has been essential for me as an educator.  It enables you to very easily create custom fretboard diagrams and chord boxes.  If you've seen any of my videos on YouTube, all of the chord boxes and fretboard diagrams were created using Neck Diagrams.

It also has an extensive library of scales in its 'Scale Generator' so you can easily create a new fretboard and add almost any scale imaginable to learn your practice sessions.  Much better than on of those huge scale TAB books.