smartChord V7.17

⭐Songbook with extended MIDI support


✅ Select a song by a MIDI device
▫ Songbook switches your songs on MIDI commands SongSelect
▫ New directive to define the song number {x_sccrd_midiSongSelect:<number>}


✅ Control a MIDI device from the Songbook
▫ New directives to add MIDI commands which are sent to a MIDI receiver when
◾ opening a song: {x_sccrd_midiOpen:<midiCommand1>, <midiCommand2>, …}
◾ closing a song: {x_sccrd_midiClose:<midiCommand1>, <midiCommand2>, …}
▫ New setting to define the MIDI receiver


✅ New ‘MIDI’ setting category, which embraces the MIDI settings valid for the ‘Songbook’ and ‘Set list’
▫ MIDI device which sends events to control the ‘Songbook’ and ‘Set list’
▫ Mapping between the MIDI events and the actions to control the ‘Songbook’ and ‘Set list’
▫ MIDI device which receives commands from the ‘Songbook’
▫ New option to deactivate MIDI connections


✅ New simple ‘MIDI test’ tool. It shows the MIDI messages received from a MIDI device or allows to send messages to a MIDI device


✅ Songbook editor supports new midi directives


✅ New documentation for the MIDI support


✅ Share your chord progressions with friends, other musicians or students
▶ There is a video about sharing:


✅ Auto completion from history
▫ Song internet search
▫ YouTube video search


✅ Undo and redo in the editor for songs and notes


✅ Scale name fix: Change of tuning didn’t update the fretboard


✅ Other minor changes and fixes


Online song editor update (V1.6) with support for midi directives


❀ Special thanks to Antonio Guerra, Con Tastsidis, Guillaume Rodriguez, Jorgo De Groof and Thomas Karstens for their contribution to this version

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smartChord V7.16.1

✅ Fix: Sorting in ‘Table of contents’ with active category filter
✅ Fix: Number of printed chords were limited in Songbook
✅ Fix: Timer wasn’t readable on some devices
✅ Other minor changes and fixes


❀ Special thanks to Gian Müller, Glenn Homes and Nikolai Bardukow for their contribution to this version

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smartChord V7.16

⭐⭐⭐ Songbook with support to simplify chords ⭐⭐⭐
▫ New screen ‘Simplify chords’ shows the chords of a song and their simplified chords
▫ Complex chords do have multiple possible simplifications
▫ Simplification level can be selected individually for each chord
▫ Pre-selected are the simplest chords or your favorite chords (according to settings)
▫ Simplification can be made undone by calling the menu item ‘Simplify chords’ again


✅ Gesture support:
▫ Home screen:
◾ Swipe left: Open last screen
◾ Swipe right: Open ‘Navigation menu’
◾ Swipe up: Open ‘Add tools’ screen
◾ Swipe down: Open ‘Settings’
▫ Table of contents:
◾ Swipe right: Back
◾ Swipe left: Open selected item
▫ Notepad:
◾ Swipe right: Back
◾ Swipe left: Delete selected item
▫ Arpeggio and Scale fretboard:
◾ Swipe right: Previous pattern or back if not in ‘Pattern’ mode
◾ Swipe left: Next pattern
◾ Swipe down: Open ‘Settings’
▫ Other screens without scrolling elements do have gesture support for ‘Back’ and/or ‘Settings’


✅ New chord types and fixed ‘-‘ chord


✅ Fix: Metronome was shown too narrow in the songbook


✅ Lot of minor changes and fixes


❀ Special thanks to Gian Müller, Glenn Homes, Hotte Schmiegelt, Hubert Egger, Jan Hovancik, Matthew Heinly, Philibob, Ramon Haack, Roland Schippmann and Stefano Tranchini for their contribution to this version

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smartChord V7.15.1

✅ Notepad: Text wrap button and broader border
✅ Fix: Categories were limited to 3 items
✅ Fix: Mixolydian Pentatonic Scale
✅ Other changes and fixes
❀ Special thanks to Emilio Polog, Gian Müller, Hubert Egger and Jérôme Tarbouriech for their contribution to this version.

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smartChord V7.15

⭐ Songbook internet search:
▫ More clear user interface
▫ Song preview option
▫ Option to exclude certain chord sites from the song search
▫ Reload button for the case that the found song was incomplete
▫ Improved search for instrument-specific TABs
▫ Support for chords-and-tabs.net
▫ Support for ukutabs.com


⭐ Drum machine:
▫ 422 drum patterns: You shared your drum patterns with us. We have collected them and made them available for download


✅ Metronome: Number of cycles and elapsed time added


✅ Tooltips for most of the buttons (long press on the button)


✅ Songbook: Printed and shared PDF gets the name of the song


✅ Other changes and fixes


❀ Special thanks to Edson Ferreira de Siqueira, Jasper Peñaredondo, Knut Beese, Lili Wass, Leopold Müller, Orange Gossimer, Peter B. Schmidt, Werner Lukanek and Wim Lemmens for their contribution to this version

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smartChord V7.14

✅ Notepad:
▫ Option to improve audio recording quality
▫ Expandable and collapsible notes
▫ Support for copy & paste
▫ Audio player is now part of the toolbar
▫ Starts editing at the end of the note


✅ Create notes in the notepad with a link to your item from each ‘Folder’ menu. Use it for instance to document your ideas about certain items.
▫ Chord progression
▫ Fretboard Trainer
▫ Metronome
▫ Pattern
▫ Playground
▫ Practice
▫ Set list
▫ Songbook
▫ Tone generator


✅ Songbook:
▫ New directives to embed links to your item like chord progressions, notes, exercises, …
▫ Editor got menu items to create these links
▫ New color options to define the text and background colors for the {highlight:} directive
▫ Fix: Replace chord didn’t update the song text
▫ Fix: Switching player to ‘automatic’ shows the right player again


✅ Custom tunings with just two strings are allowed (could make sense with activated setting ‘Rootless chord voicings’)


✅ Favorite fingerings are always preferred during sorting


✅ Chord name fix: Range switched accidentally


✅ Other changes and fixes

▶ There is a new video that explains the fretboard trainer


❀ Special thanks to Dominik Janiec, Eric Snoddy, Glenn Homes, Josef Metzger, Martin Hägerås and Paul Aussem for their contribution to this version

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smartChord V7.13

⭐⭐⭐ Rootless chord voicings ⭐⭐⭐

▫ Consider the new option to allow rootless chord voicings if…

  • you play instruments with fewer strings like a Cigar Box Guitar or a Ukulele
  • you’re playing in a band and the bass player will play the root note
  • you like this ‘jazzy’ sound

Rootless chord voicings…

  • ❗❗ are active by default for instruments with three or four strings
  • are shown in the features ‘Chord’ and ‘Choose chord’ if the option is activated
  • can be allowed by option in ‘Chord name’
  • can be added to the fingering favorites
  • are valid in the ‘Fretboard trainer’ if the option is activated
  • are used in the ‘Songbook’ if the option is activated

⭐ Chord name
▫ Option to allow rootless chords
▫ Possibility to add rootless chord voicings to fingering favorites
▫ Replaced context menu with buttons in the toolbar
❗ New sort order of the chord name list

⭐ There is a new manual describing the handling of chords in smartChord


⭐ Drum machine:
▫ 311 drum patterns: You shared your drum patterns with us. We have collected them and made them available for download


✅ Songbook: New section in documentation ‘how to get the best fingerings


✅ Other changes and fixes


❀ Special thanks to Rolf Puchtinger, Ron Beaver and Sébastien Streit for their contribution to this version

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smartChord V7.12

⭐ Songbook:

  • Different ChordPro style delimiters to be able to see the chords more clearly: Brackets ‘[Am]’, spaces ‘ Am ‘ or underscores ‘_Am_’
  • Predefined color schemes for normal and dark background (‘Songbook appearance -> Reset’ for existing users)
  • Optimized scrolling if the intelligent line break isn’t active
  • There is new documentation for the s.mart Songbook. It is worth a glance: https://smartchord.de/s-mart-songbook


⭐ Drum machine:

  • 234 drum patterns: You shared your drum patterns with us. We have collected them and made them available for download
  • Covers a lot of genres: Blues, Disco, Funk, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, …
  • ‘Download’ button in the ‘Table of contents’ to download and import the drum pattern collection
  • Preview in the ‘Table of contents’ of the drum machine makes it much easier to select an adequate drum pattern


▶ Our video shows how to use the drum machine:


✅ Table of Contents: More natural sort order especially if the item name contains numbers


✅ Speed trainer: Possibility to reduce the speed


✅ Fix: Select ‘cloud’ as ‘data source’ for song import


✅ Fix: Color scheme preview


✅ Other changes and fixes


❀ Special thanks to Harry Fehlemann, Marilyn Leahy, Marius Bleeke, Serkan Gürses, Stepan Efremov, Tom Geldner and Troy Cox for their contribution to this version

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