Best app for songbook ?

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  1. mitchanator

    mitchanator Member

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    hey guys just join a cover band and a lot of song i don't know and havent listened to alot. I'm having trouble remembering some od the songs or the structure. I was thinkin of using my ipad. What apps are you guys using. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Stratosphere

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    I've used PC based hardware and I use Word.
     
  3. Outlier

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    Just use Ultimate Guitar Tabs. If you buy it (I think it is less that 5$) you can save your favorites to your phone or your tablet. Lyrics, chords, tabs. It's a must have for a cover band.
     
  4. chrisjw5

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    UGT is often wrong.

    I've created a long Word document, 150 pages, of song charts in a format that makes sense to me. It takes longer to do, but it has everything I need.

    Here's one example - some are more complicated, some are short, just chords. Not standard, but it makes sense to me.

    Purple Rain (Prince)
    Bbsus x13311
    F 133211
    Eb x6888x
    F7 131211
    Gm 3x3333

    Intro
    | Bbsus*| Gm7 | F | Eb |
    * walk down B A G

    Verse ----------------------------------2/4---4/4
    | Bbsus*| Gm7 | F | Eb || Bbsus*| G11 | F F7 | F7 || Bb (stop) |

    Chorus--------------------------------2/4-4/4
    | Eb | Eb | Bbsus* | Gm7 | F | F | F | F | Bb (stop) |

    Verse
    Chorus
    Verse
    Chorus

    Solo 3x over
    | Bbsus*| Gm7 | F | Eb |

    Out-Chorus 6x over (with**) then
    | Bbsus*| Gm7 | F | Eb | | Eb | Eb Bb| Bb | Bb |

    ** Out-Chorus
    |-------------------------------------||----------------------|
    |o-----------------------------------o||----------------------|
    |o-15-14-15-14-15-14-15b17-----10-12-o||--8-7--5-3------8-7-5-|
    |o--------------------------15-------o||----------------------|
    |-------------------------------------||--6-5--3-1------6-5-3-|
    |-------------------------------------||----------------------|

    ...and
    |--------------------|----------------|-------------------|----------------------|
    |--------------------|----------------|-------------------|----------------------|
    |--------------------|----------------|-------------------|--8-7--5-3------8-7-5-|
    |-----3---1--0-(0)---|--------------0-|-------1-0-(0)-----|----------------------|
    |--1--1------------3-|-5--0--1--1-3---|-3--3----------1h3-|--6-5--3-1------6-5-3-|
    |--------------------|-3--------------|-1--1--------------|----------------------|

    Solo Box
    |----------15-17-18-20----
    |----------15-17-18-20----
    |-10-12-14-15-17----------
    |----------15-------------
    |-------------------------
    |-------------------------
     
  5. Outlier

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    Sure there are some errors on UGT. Pick high star ratings that have the most downloads and go with those. I can't imagine wanting to tab out every song I might want to do or might get requested at a show. Most people would rather not create 150 pages of tabs to do cover songs. But in your case, if you have invested that time go for it.

     
  6. ohiomatt33

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    I use OnSong. I chart everything out in Word (not necessary) and save it in my Dropbox. Import it using OnSong, and I'm ready. With the format you write in for OnSong, you can change keys on the fly. You can have the chords highlighted in a certain color you want. You can create sets (good for me when I'm playing with a few different groups)

    I think it was $12 and if I ever had to, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
     
  7. phazersonstun

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    I use an android tablet & Setlist Helper.

    I chart the songs myself.
    Chords over lyrics for anything I might end up singing.

    Importing lyrics is easy & it does support song book.

    Setlist helper has several features that like a lot.
    Being able to attach an audio file to the chart is cool.
    Makes it easy to practice to the song alone or with the band.
    Also useful if you use any backing tracks.

    I can pull up lyrics, chords & a backing track with one swipe.
    Can be set to auto scroll at the speed of your choosing & plays well with the airturn page turners.
     
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    I use Google Docs and will grab the basic chart from the web then correct it and format it to work right for me. I still print and put them in a 3 ring binder. Considering going to a tablet medium in the future.
     
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    Ears anyone???
     
  10. tonyhay

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    I use the app ForScore on an Ipad.
     
  11. mitchanator

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    Onsong seems really nice. So many option i don't know witch to get
     
  12. chrisjw5

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    10-15 minutes a song, as they come up. Not much at all, and I work it out as I practice it.

    UGT largely seems like it was done by 15 year olds.
     

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