Changing instrument and tuning

When you change the instrument or the tuning in the settings, it affects all the features like chords, scales, arpeggio, tuner or circle of fifths. But it does not affect all features. Some features like the songbook, chord progression or the fretboard trainer do store the tuning when the item is created. This means that you have the same tuning with the same chords and fingerings in a song, every time you open it. But you can change the tuning/instrument for a song or chord progression in the menu. Then the fingerings are changed too and the new tuning is stored in the item.
The fretboard trainer is different. You cannot change the tuning/instrument of a quiz. If you want to learn a new tuning/instrument, you have to create a new quiz.

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How do I work with the transposer?

Assume, that you have a song in ‘C’ and you need it two semitones higher:
– Move the lower ruler ‘C’ direct under the ‘C’ of the upper ruler
– Move the lower ruler two semitones to the left: Result is ‘D’
– Look at your song and replace the note of every chord by the note of the lower ruler direct below.
– If there is a Fm in your song, replace it by Gm

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Edit songs

There are three ways to edit the songs of your songbook:

  1. Edit your songs directly on your device. No need to be online. There is a video that shows you how: https://youtu.be/QGxaxAS6Dwk
  2. Edit the songs comfortably in the browser of your computer. There is another video that shows you how: https://youtu.be/19JVc76ExkY
  3. Synchronize your songs with your cloud. Edit them in your cloud and start the synchronization again
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Why is the songbook empty?

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

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Transposed song is not changed

When transposing, the original song (-text) is not changed, only the chords are transposed and the transposed chords are displayed. However, a ‘transpose’ directive (e.g. {x_sccrd_tr:2}) is added to the song text. So if you look at song in the editor or the smartChord Online Editor, you will see the song in its original key but with the ‘transpose’ directive. If you open the song with smartChord, it will appear transposed.

But there is a possibility to leave the song in transposed version and save it as it is visible. For a transposed song there is a menu item ‘Transpose -> Keep transposed’. It replaces the original text by the transposed text.

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Share / synchronize songs

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 at least four ways to exchange songs between devices:

1. You can synchronize the content of smartChord between your devices. There is a menu item ‘Synchronize’ on the home screen. This is the most comfortable way.

2. You can synchronize your songs with your cloud (Google or DropBox). It allows to synchronize the songs between multiple Android devices. You can also take advantage of the possibility to edit the songs (these are just plain text files) conveniently on your desktop or notebook.

3. You can export your songs to single files. You can optionally edit these files and import them again on the same or another device.

4. You can share single songs or even multiple songs at once. This is possible in the songbook ‘Table of content’. There is a ‘Share’ button.

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Organize and group songs

You can use the ‘Set list’ to organize your songs and lyrics for performance or practice. Please see our video on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/WgMssWHg_9

The ‘Table of content’ has a full text search function. You can search für every information in the songs. The most comfortable way to maintain these information is by the menu ‘…’ -> ‘Edit’ -> ‘Edit song information’ in the Songbook.

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Internet search can’t find the song on a web page?

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

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How do I create a set list?

The procedure is the following:
– Add or import the songs in the songbook
– Go to the feature ‘Set list’
– In the folder up right you find ‘new’
– Use the ‘+’ button to add songs, breaks, image and PDF files
– Save the ‘Set list’

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Where can I find the ‘Practice’ icon?

The practice icon appears on the home screen, only if you have created at least one exercise. You can create exercises on the Arpeggio, Pattern and Scale screen.

If you have yourself removed the ‘Practice’ icon from the Home screen, you can restore it from the ‘All Tools’ screen which can be opened by the ‘All Tools’ menu on the home screen.

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