Lyrics & Chords Editor

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On every Song Arrangement page, use the Lyrics & Chords Editor to create and edit chord charts. Once you enter lyrics and/or chords, PDFs for lyrics and a chord chart for each key, automatically transposed, will be added to the arrangement. Numeral and Number charts can also be automatically generated for you if you choose them.

Select Lyrics & Chords to open the Editor and add lyrics or chords.

From the Editor, enter your lyrics and chord charts on the right then use the options to make sure the lyrics and chord charts look the way you want them to look in the preview on the left.

  1. Type or paste in your lyrics or chord chart using ChordPro or Standard Chords:
    • ChordPro chords allow you to enter your chords  inside of brackets ([ and ]) in your lyric lines to "lock" chords to syllables or words in your chord chart so that there won't ever be a shift. Any square brackets [ ] will be treated as chord characters. Any chords or text entered into these brackets will be treated as a chord related object and added to their own line in the chart or removed from the lyrics sheet.
    • Standard chords are chords placed on a separate line above the lyrics. If you change fonts or keys, chords can shift a little.
    • You don't have to redo the entire chart to have this option; mix and match your chart with ChordPro and Standard chords where there's a big shift.
  2. Select the Original Key in order for the chord charts to be correctly transposed when you add new keys.
  3. Auto-refresh is on by default, so when you stop typing, the Preview area will refresh. If you are pasting lyrics or charts into the editor, hit the spacebar to let the refresher know text has been entered.
  4. Select the type of PDFs you want to be created for each key.

Tap some of the buttons to enable more options.

  1. These are shortcuts to optional codes and styles that can be applied. Select the code to add it to the place where your cursor is, hit enter, and watch the preview change.
  2. View the song in a different key by selecting a key from the dropdown.
  3. Create the sequence for this chord chart, and it will be added to the preview.
  4. Open the formatting options to change the page settings, chord color, number of columns, font, and font size.
    The defaults for these formatting options can be changed in the Settings.
  5. Download a PDF version of what's shown in the Preview page.

Select the arrow to be taken back to the arrangement page.

Advanced ChordPro Codes

Lyrics & Chords

  • SECTION HEADING - Type section headings, like CHORUS 1, or INSTRUMENTAL in all caps.
  • [ Chord ]  - Chords in square brackets are Chord Pro and will be transposed and be placed on the line above the corresponding lyrics. Anything in square brackets will only appear in Chord Chart PDFs. If it is on the same line as a SECTION HEADING, it will still be shifted to the line above, so make sure NOT to use the ChordPro brackets in this header.
  • :: - Double colons start a new line for Projector slides. The double colon symbol will not show up in any PDFs or slides. If your chord chart line is long and you want split it into 2 lines just for Projector slides, add a double colon :: where you want the line break to go.
  • --- If you want dashes removed for Projector slides, make sure there is a space around the dashes. Glo --- ria in lyrics will become "Gloria" on slides, but Glo---ria will stay "Glo---ria" on slides.

Key Changes

  • TRANSPOSE KEY +1 - To insert a key change but still type chords in the original key, add TRANSPOSE KEY plus or minus the number of half-steps. (When choosing a key, it will use the following scale: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G.)
  • REDEFINE KEY +1 - To insert a key change where you have already typed the chords in the new transposed key, add REDEFINE KEY plus or minus the number of half-steps. For chord charts, this does not transpose chords, but for Number and Numeral charts, it remaps the numbers to the new key. (When choosing a key, it will use the following scale: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G.)

Number and Numeral Charts

Number charts are commonly used by studio musicians who show up and need to be ready to play a song in any key. Instead of having 12 chord charts all in different keys, you only need one number chart. Chords are replaced by numbers based on the scale of the key you are in. In D, 1=D, 2=E, 3=F# and so on. Then just by saying you are now in E, the musicians see 1 and now play E instead of D.

Numeral charts are a little different, though very similar. In a number chart, it really is as simple as replacing chords with numbers. In a numeral chart, it goes one step further. If your chord is major, the numeral is uppercase, but if the chord is minor, instead of showing the 'm', you use a lowercase numeral. In the key of C, II would be D major, but ii would be D minor.

For both numbers and numerals, if you ever use a chord or note that is not in that key, it will always be represented using flats. So in the key of C, if you have a G#, it will show as b6 or bVI instead of #5. Likewise, E/G# would be 3/b6 or III/bVI.

When creating your charts, you can enable Number or Numerals right next to the button to enable Lyrics. These files are attached to your arrangement, meaning they're available no matter what key you choose for the song. You can even preview number or numeral charts in the new chord editor.

When you have a C2 chord, we'll put the 2 in superscript to make it clear this is a 12 chord and not a 12 chord. Superscript chord suffixes on number and numeral charts make it easy to tell what is the chord and what is the suffix.

Notes

  • { note } - Text in single curly braces is a note that will show in Chords Chart PDFs and Lyric PDFs. Unlike square brackets, it will not be shifted up a line.
  • {{ note }} - Text in double curly braces is a note that wil only show in Chord Chart PDFs and will be removed from Lyric PDFs and Projector slides

Layout

  • COLUMN_BREAK  - starts a new column
  • PAGE_BREAK - starts a new page

To have a column or page break only apply to chord charts and not lyrics, put it in double curly braces. {{ PAGE_BREAK }}

Style

  • <b>Bolded Text</b> - Text placed between <b> and </b> will be bolded for Lyric & Chord PDFs
  • <i>Italicized Text</i> - Text placed between <i> and </i> will be italicized for Lyric & Chord PDFs
  • <strong>Bolded Text</strong> - Text placed between <strong> and </strong> will be bolded for Lyric & Chord PDFs
  • <em>Italicized Text</em> - Text placed between <em> and </em> will be italicized for Lyric & Chord PDFs

Once you go back to the arrangement page, you'll see all the information added to the file boxes.

From a plan, hover over the files box beside a song, and any created chord chart will have a Transpose button when you hover over the song file. Select Transpose to download that chart in any key, including numbers or numerals.

transpose on plan

You can also transpose on the fly from Music Stand.

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