Frequently asked questions
smartChord allows individualized tone names and symbols. You can define your personal preferences in the general settings. These settings affect all of the smartChord features.
The songbook e.g. converts the chords and shows them according to the general settings. So you’ll always get a C#, even if the original chord of the song is written as Db. But there is an option to force the songbook to show the original chords. But keep in mind, that with this option activated, the transposing is deactivated!
There is also an interesting setting for the chord diagram info in the instruments ‘Chords’ settings. It allows to switch between the tone symbols, you have chosen in the general settings or the tone names according to the music theory.
It’s possible to synchronize your songs with your cloud (Google or DropBox). It allows to synchronize the songs between multiple Android devices or edit the songs text files conveniently from your desktop or notebook.
There are multiple possibilities. The two easiest ways are:
1. Use the s.mart Songbook Online Editor. There is a online edit mode, which allows you to edit your song comfortable in the browser of your computer. For more information see: http://www.smartchord.de/edit/song
2. Synchronize your songs with your cloud. During synchronization, the songs are stored as text files in your cloud. From your PC, you can access and edit these files in the cloud. With the next synchronization, the changes are imported into the songbook.
The songbook can handle plain text (files). If you want to use PDF files, please use the ‘Set list’ feature. There you can organize your songs and PDF files.
There is an import functionality in the songbook. By the ‘Folder menu’ -> ‘Open | Manage’ you’ll get to the ‘Memory’ screen. There you can import songs in form of text files. However, not PDF or Word files, just pure text files like .crd, .tab, …. Please see our video on how to import songs:
s.mart Songbook includes a ‘Set list’ feature to organize your songs and lyrics for performance or practice. Please see our video on YouTube:
The internet search for songs does work on most websites. But not all are supported. smartChord can’t detect a song in the following cases:
– a website does not provide songs or lyrics as plain text. PDF files or images are not supported.
– the song text isn’t distinguishable from the other text on that page. But in this case there is a workaround:
— Copy the text from the web page
— Go back to the songbook
— Create a new song
— Edit the song text
— Paste the copied text into the ‘Edit’ screen
The songbook is empty because of license issues and the question: which songs should the songbook contain! Everybody would expect different songs. The solution is the internet. There are excellent resources. smartChord finds your songs out there.
Just use ‘Folder’ menu -> ‘New’ -> ‘Internet search’.
You can also google for a tab file collection and import them. Please see also our video for the import: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGM0XnuwtC8