Manual

Some Preferences


that affect rendering

cartoon guitar player by bethann93 (vecteezy.com)

You can tweak the rendering of your chord sheets by changing some settings.

Globally affecting all sheets or each sheet individually.


Page Layout - Orientation

The default is to use a page layout with portrait orientation.

But sometimes a landscape orientation can be more appropriate.
E.g. if you have 8/16/32-bar progressions.

Portrait
9 lines with 4 bars per line

Landscape
6 lines with 8 bars per line
See an example (landscape): Joseph-Joseph


The default is to print a footer with the URL to the chordsheet, the page number and the last edited date.

If you prefer you can disable the footer.


Number Of Bars (per row)

The global default value for the number of bars (nob) per row is 4.

But sometimes it's useful to choose a different value.

  • To keep the bars vertically aligned if there are some added extra bars in an otherwise straight 4 bar per row progression.
    Example (nob = 5): Nothing Ever Happens

  • Split bar changes (two chords in a single bar).
    Example (nob = 2): True Colors

  • To get some extra space at the end of each row. A larger right margin for annotations.


Bar Line Style

Regular

The default is to draw regular bar lines.

No lines

But sometimes hiding the bar lines makes a sheet more readable.
Works best if all chords are vertically aligned properly.

If you prefer having no bar lines you can change the default value in your user profile preference settings .

Grille

Another option is to use a grid (grille).

I first learned about this type of chord charts while studying french manouche tunes.
So I use the french word grille.

It is very well suited for songs which consist of 8 bar sections as they are in many jazz tunes.
E.g. a 32 bar tune with an AABA form.

To use this rendering style you should also use landscape printing and set the number of bars per row to 8.

Track line

Another option is to use a track line.


Musical note B - variation by geographical region

In the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands B usually refers to the note a semitone below C, while B-flat refers to the note a whole tone below C.

However, in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, the label B is used for what, above, is called B-flat, and the note a semitone below C is called H.

Wikipedia (CC BY-SA )

There are two settings – for reading and writing – to toggle between “international” and “german” nomenclature.

  • Reading: “international” (Bb B) — “german” (B H)
  • Writing: “international” (Bb B) — “german” (B H)