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(@luvgilmour)
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Not sure where the best place to post this would be... Just wondering if anyone could recommend any software or even provide a template, in MS Word or some other format, for organizing a personal song book.

I'd like to do this electronically and be able to print it out. Having it electronically would allow for easy updating when sections are embellished or modified in some way.

I'm thinking it would be nice to organize the songs I can play in this fashion. It would be great to get on a single sheet the chord diagrams, tab, lyrics, and any notes...

Anyone doing this already? If so, would you share your personal song books so others could benefit?

As always -thanks in advance...

I'll only be down there (in the basement practicing) for a couple of minutes or so...
My SoundClick Page: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=470725


   
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(@morot)
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By yourself a folder where you keep individual copies of the songs you can play organized in som way you find good. Maybe sort them after songs you know really well and songs you should practice on.
That way it's to just bring the folder top a jam and let the people you play with look thruogh it and see if they find anything they want to play.


   
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(@noteboat)
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I keep separate songbooks for each band I sit in with. I create them electronically (with Word for chord charts, or standard notation software if I'm transcribing a solo or riff), then I put them in sheet protectors in a three ring binder.

In the front of the book, I put two indexes - one by song name (so if they call a tune I don't have, I know it right away), and the other by artist... and I include every artist I can find that's covered each tune. That way if somebody says "hey, do you guys do any Smash Mouth?" instead of just saying no... I can see they covered the Monkee's "I'm a Believer" and we keep people at least sorta happy :)

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(@akdigital3d)
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Have your tried PowerTab Editor or Guitar Pro?

Powertab is free, pretty easy to use and let's you print out in standard and tab notation. I think Guitar Pro is similar but costs about $50. If you do a search on this forum I believe quite a few have tried them and have thoughts either way.


   
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(@maxrumble)
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I do almost the same thing as noteboat, although I don't use idexes. I have about 25 or 30 songs in there, so not quite needing and index yet.

Cheers,

Max


   
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(@kingpatzer)
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I use Finale software for printing my charts. There's lots of choices out there, the key is to find what you like.

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(@jonnyt)
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I do all my tab in Microsoft Word, and use "Courier New" font since the spacing is always the same regardless of the letter or number, bold, capitalized or lower case. I never use the tab key to space over, just the space bar key or ou may have lining up problems. Then I have three ring binder notebooks with the extended A-Z tabs sticking out since I put all my tab in those heavy plastic non-glare sleeves. Maybe I'm anal and but it works and keeps the beer spills off.

E doesn't = MC2, E = Fb

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(@luvgilmour)
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Thanks. What do you use to generate chord charts? Could you send an example? Thanks again...

I'll only be down there (in the basement practicing) for a couple of minutes or so...
My SoundClick Page: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=470725


   
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(@jonnyt)
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I just use the easy tab method like D = X X 0 2 3 2

E doesn't = MC2, E = Fb

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(@mikey)
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There was an article here at GN just a few months ago by Simone Perandini about creating a song book.

Here is the lesson
https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/building-your-own-songbook/

and here is a link to a sample page that you can use as a basis for what you want to do. I think this is exactly what you are looking for. I believe that Simone uses TabPlayer to create his tabs, a program that can be downloaded from his site.

http://www.simoneperandini.com/download/tabexample.doc

http://www.simoneperandini.com/tabplayer.htm

Hope this helps.

Michael

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(@luvgilmour)
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Thanks man!!!

I'll only be down there (in the basement practicing) for a couple of minutes or so...
My SoundClick Page: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=470725


   
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