The cover of Bert Transcribed - The Bert Jansch songbook

We are delighted that Bert Transcribed: The Bert Jansch Songbook has been published by the Wise Publications imprint of sheet music leaders, Music Sales.  It was on Bert’s agenda to document his own songs and instrumental pieces in a book in printed notation form but, sadly, did not get round to this before his death.

The Foundation convened the Bert Transcribed group, a number of accomplished and talented guitarists from around the world, in 2015. They include professionals who knew and worked with Bert in the 1960s and ’70s,  compilers of previous books and internet tabs, and also skilled enthusiasts who had contacted the Foundation about their own transcriptions.

Between them, they have transcribed, reviewed and verified over 100 of Bert’s pieces. They have revisited and compared their own and each other’s work, sharing their insights and skills working together, gratis and with the blessing of the publishers, to create optimum versions for historical and educational purposes.

Bert Transcribed is an ongoing process, supported by the music publishers and Earth Recordings. Players are invited to email to give feedback or suggest songs to be included in future volumes.

This first volume of the songbook includes:

  • Guitar tab, standard notation, chord symbols, guitar chord boxes, melody line and complete lyrics for 24 songs spanning his entire career
  • Extensive background notes and performance analysis for every song
  • A comprehensive introduction giving insight into Jansch’s unique sound
  • Album-by-album discography
  • Exclusive colour section with new photography showing Bert’s guitars

‘Bert Transcribed’ workshops

Jon Riley, who has managed the transcription process for publication, and Thomas Fairhurst of the Bert Transcribed group have been running successful Bert Transcribed workshops for the Foundation with support from Yamaha.  The first was was held as part of the Bert Inspired strand at Celtic Connections in January 2016,  with Mike Walker (who runs Renbourn Guitar Workshops), followed by workshops at Cecil Sharp House in London and Edinburgh Napier University last year and has branched out to Europe with events in France and Norway.

Wherever you are, we can help you create a workshop for up to 20 people and send teachers –  if you can arrange the venue and the participants e.g. from your college or guitar club. To discuss such a partnership in bringing a Bert Jansch guitar workshop to your area, please contact