Song Editor

Adding Chords

Song One's song editor recognizes and auto-formats chords as you type. Chords do not have to be enclosed in square brackets to be distinguished from the lyrics. Song One is able to recognize thousands of different variations of over 200 chord types with added extensions and altered bass notes.
The chords are typed in the same line as the lyrics. The typed text is auto-formatted each time the space bar is pressed. Non-standard chord symbols are corrected whenever possible (e.g. typing 'C2' will create a 'Cadd9' chord symbol).
Hold the 'alt/option key' when pressing the space bar to avoid transforming capitalized single letters into chords (e.g. 'A').
Chords do not have to be typed to be added to the lyrics. They may also be created with the chord matrix or auto-created from the selected notes of the virtual fretboard or virtual keyboard.
Note: An option in Song One's settings/preferences allows you to disable the auto-formatting if you do not plan to type chords at all.

Auto-Spacing

When chords are added to the lyrics Song One links the chord symbols to the corresponding words. When you edit the lyrics a linked chord will move together with its corresponding word.
Song One ensures that a chord symbol does not overlap by automatically adding a dotted space to the lyrics when needed.

Selecting Chords

A chord that has been added to the lyrics may be selected in four ways:

1) Tap/Click

Tap/Click on a chord symbol to display its chord diagram and auto-play its notes on the virtual keyboard or fretboard. (See virtual fretboard and virtual keyboard to learn more.)
Note: When 'Focus Mode' is enabled chords cannot be selected with a short tap/click. Use the swipe gesture instead:

2) Swipe

You may select a chord without changing the cursor position by swiping over it.
Start the swipe gesture at (or after) the beginning of a chord symbol. Alternatively you may swipe over the linked word below the chord.
When a chord is selected its chord symbol is shown in the bottom toolbar next to the guitar pick icon:
Chords that are linked to single letters like 'a' are more difficult to select with a swipe gesture. In that case start the swipe gesture further to the right at the beginning of the next word.

3) Long Tap/Click

You may perform a long tap/click on a chord, separator bar, repeat sign or note marker to select the symbol. The selected symbol is displayed in grey.
You may perform the long tap/click in an area without text or symbols and move towards the symbol you want to select. The symbol is automatically selected when you release the tap/click.

4) Left/Right Arrow Keys

Use the left or right arrow keys of your keyboard (or Song One's cursor toolbar) to move the cursor towards the chord symbol. Once reached the chord symbol is automatically selected.

Deleting Chords

A chord that has been added to the lyrics may be deleted in three ways:
Option 1: Select the chord with a long tap/click and press the delete key of your keyboard.
Option 2: Place the cursor at the beginning of the chord and press the delete key of your keyboard.
Option 3: Use the left/right arrow keys of your keyboard (or Song One's cursor toolbar) to move the cursor towards the chord until the chord is selected. Then press the delete key of your keyboard.
On iOS you may press the space bar of the on-screen keyboard and reposition the cursor by moving your finger in the desired direction. Move the cursor toward the chord from the right and release the spacebar once the beginning of the chord is reached. Then press the delete key to remove the chord.

Replacing Chords

You have the following options to replace a chord after selecting it with a long tap/click or with the help of the left/right arrow keys:
Option 1: Type the new chord and press the space bar. (Make sure there is also a space to the left of the chord.)
Option 2: Tap/Click on the desired chord symbol in the cursor toolbar.
Option 3: Create a new chord with the help of the chord matrix, the virtual keyboard or the virtual fretboard. Then tap/click on the guitar pick icon of the bottom toolbar.

Repositioning Chords

Use Song One's 'select & drop' procedure to reposition a specific symbol.
'Select & drop' works on both iOS and macOS devices. However, on macOS (where the mouse offers greater precision) you may prefer the standard 'drag & drop' procedure to reposition symbols.
The 'select & drop' procedure requires two long taps/clicks. The first long tap/click selects the symbol:
  • Tap/click & hold until the cursor appears.
  • Move the cursor towards the symbol and release to select it.
The second long tap/click allows you to reposition the selected symbol:
  • Tap/click & hold at the new postion. The drop preview will appear.
  • Reposition the cursor to the desired location and release the tap/click .
You may start the second long tap/click in an area without text when the symbols are positioned too close to each other for easy selection:
Tapping/clicking briefly anywhere in the song editor after the first long tap/click will cancel the impending drop of the selected symbol. (A drop will be automatically canceled when you delete the selected symbol.)

Chord Reposition Buttons

The chord reposition buttons allow you to move a chord to the left or right without having to select the chord first.

Moving a Chord to the Left

Place the cursor at the desired position in the text. (The chord itself does not have to be selected.)
Tap/Click on the dotted vertical line (with the arrow pointing to the left) in the bottom toolbar: The first chord to the right of the cursor is moved to the cursor position.
Alternatively you may use a keyboard shortcut: Press and hold the 'command' key and then press the 'left arrow' key to move the chord to the left.

Moving a Chord to the Right

Place the cursor at the desired position in the text. (The chord itself does not have to be selected.)
Tap/Click on the dotted vertical line (with the arrow pointing to the right) in the bottom toolbar: The first chord to the left of the cursor is moved to the cursor position.
Alternatively you may use a keyboard shortcut: Press and hold the 'command' key and then press the 'right arrow' key to move the chord to the left.

Copying Chords

Use Song One's swipe gesture to copy a chord to a desired position:
  1. 1.
    Place the cursor at the desired position.
  2. 2.
    Swipe over the chord you wish to copy: The swiped chord will appear in the bottom toolbar.
3. Tap/Click on the guitar pick icon in the bottom toolbar to insert a copy of the swiped chord at the cursor position.
Alternatively you may place a copy of a chord at the current cursor postion by tapping/clicking on the chord in the cursor toolbar.

Cursor Toolbar

Use the cursor toolbar to add separator lines/bars, repeat signs and chords to a song.
Place the cursor at the desired position in the song editor and tap/click on the cursor symbol between the chord reposition buttons (bottom toolbar).
The cursor toolbar appears.
The cursor toolbar includes the chords that have already been added to the selected song:
Tap/Click on a symbol in the cursor toolbar to place it at the current cursor position.
Use the arrow keys at the bottom of the cursor toolbar to reposition the cursor.
You may place separator lines/bars between the chord symbols when no lyrics are present. (Song One automatically adds these separators when a song is imported.)
Indicate the beginning and the end of a chord progression by creating a double line: Tap/Click twice on the standard separator line/bar of the cursor toolbar.
Add a 2-measure repeat sign by tapping/clicking twice on the repeat measure symbol of the cursor toolbar.

Keyboard Separator Lines & Repeat Signs

Repeat signs (i.e. '||:', ':||') may also be added with the keyboard of your device.
Enter two vertical lines and the colon. Then press the space bar to auto-format the entered characters. (Make sure there is also a space between the newly entered characters and the previous chord/word.)
To add a repeat measure sign (i.e. '%') with the keyboard enter the vertical line followed by the percentage sign. Then press the space bar. (Enter the percentage sign twice to add a 2-measure repeat sign.)

Undo/Redo Buttons

When you edit songs the main toolbar displays two rounded arrow buttons (undo/redo buttons) on the left. These buttons allow you to access the history of the changes that you have made to the selected song.
Tap/Click on the round arrow pointing to the left to go back in your changes. Tap/Click on the round arrow pointing to the right to go forward in your changes.
On the iPhone the undo/redo buttons are initially hidden in the portrait mode. Access them by swiping left to right on the main toolbar. Swipe right to left to hide the undo/redo buttons and show the chord reposition buttons again.

Locking Editing

A small lock icon in the top right corner of the song editor enables you to lock a native Song One document to disallow further editing.
Tap/Click on the lock icon to (un)lock the currently viewed song.
A locked document is more responsive to tap/swipe gestures (when looking up chord diagrams or when auto-playing its chords on a virtual instrument). It enables you to tap/click on the chords of the lyrics without accidentally repositioning the cursor.
  • Songs with limited access cannot be unlocked.
  • All songs are automatically locked when the play mode is active.
  • PDF documents cannot be unlocked since their text cannot be edited.

Zooming In & Out

You may zoom in and out of the document shown in the song editor.
Adjust the zoom level of the song editor by ...
  • using the standard pinch-to-zoom gesture of iOS.
  • moving the slider at the right of the bottom toolbar on macOS.

Zooming Native Song One Documents

All native Song One documents of your song catalog are displayed at the same zoom level specified by you. The zoom level applies to both the editing and the auto-scrolling of the songs. Dynamic line breaks ensure that you can view the lyrics of a song at any size.
  • Zooming is not possible when native Song One documents are being auto-scrolled. Pause the playback to adjust the zoom level.
  • Themes allow you to increase or decrease the zoom level of specific sections (e.g. 'Title', 'Chord Chart').

Zooming PDF Documents

The PDF documents of your song catalog have individual zoom levels. Each PDF document is automatically sized to fit the song editor from left to right. Manually increasing the zoom level may cut off parts of the lyrics on either side.
  • Zooming is not possible when PDF documents are being auto-scrolled.
  • The position and zoom level of a PDF document is temporarily locked when the pencil tip icon is selected to add annotations.
Convert PDF documents to the native Song One format to gain more control over the zoom level.

On-Screen Keyboard (iOS)

iOS identifies connected bluetooth page turner pedals as external keyboards and will hide the on-screen keyboard. Song One automatically displays a custom on-screen keyboard when the iOS keyboard is hidden.
Disable Song One's on-screen keyboard when using an external Apple keyboard. Go Song One's settings/preferences and deselect the option 'Show On-Screen Keyboard When Using Bluetooth Devices' (navigate to 'Devices' -> 'Mobile Devices').
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