Chord Diagrams

Guitar

Guitar chord diagrams show you how to play a chord on a stringed instrument. The Individual notes of a chord are indicated by dots. The character ‘x’ above a string represents a muted string while a circle in this position represents an open string.
If a chord does not begin at the neck position a number to the left of the chord diagram indicates its fret position. The fret position of a capo is shown to the right of the diagram.
Song One automatically creates chord diagrams for string intruments with 2 - 8 strings in any tuning and capo position.
Tap/Click on a chord symbol in the song editor to show its chord diagram in a pop-up window (upper right corner).
The format of the chord diagram can be changed by selecting a desired instrument. (See virtual fretboard to learn more.)

Piano

Piano chord diagrams show you how to play a chord on a keyboard instrument. The Individual notes of a chord are indicated by dots. Song One automatically creates piano chord diagrams in the root position. (You may toggle between guitar chord diagrams and piano diagrams in the theme panel.)
Song One's preferences (settings) offer an option to always 'start keyboard diagrams with C' ('Song Editor' -> 'Diagrams').
Tap/Click on a chord symbol in the song editor to show its chord diagram in a pop-up window (upper right corner).

Chord Chart

Song One is able to automatically maintain a collection of chord diagrams for each song. This collection is referred to as a chord chart.
To add a chord chart to the lyrics tap/click on the tag icon in the left corner of the bottom toolbar and select 'Chord Chart' from the pop-up menu:
The chord chart will be placed at the current cursor position. The most commonly chosen area is at the beginning of a song below the song title.
Song One will update the diagrams of a chord chart when you ...
  • add or remove chord symbols in the lyrics editor. (See lyrics editor to learn more.)
  • change the selected instrument, tuning, capo position or string count. (See virtual fretboard to learn more.)
  • change the format of chord diagrams to either show '4 Frets' or '5 Frets' in Song One's settings (preferences).
The chord chart is automatically maintained and cannot be copied, pasted or modified like the lyric's text.
You may change the position of the chord chart by moving the cursor to a new location and selecting 'Chord Chart' from the tag menu again. To delete the chord chart from the lyrics place the cursor below chord chart block and press the delete key twice.

Customizing Guitar Chord Diagrams

You may change the voicing of a specific guitar chord diagram with the help of the virtual fretboard:
To customize a chord diagram:
  • tap/click on the chord symbol in the lyrics editor (or on the chord diagram in the chord chart) you wish to customize,
  • tap/click on the diagram pop-up window that will appear in the top right corner of the screen.
The virtual fretboard slides up to display the chord and indicate all possible string positions of the chord's notes:
The currently selected notes are shown in blue. Positions in grey represent unselected notes, which can be used to create a different voicing of the same chord. The number of notes of extended chords may exceed the number of availlable strings. When Song One omits notes it will display them in the neck position of the fretboard (e.g. 'A' above).
Customize the voicing by tapping/clicking on the grey notes of the fretboard. A chord diagram preview in the upper right corner of the screen will show the newly formatted diagram.
Tap/Click on the icon in the lower left corner of the chord diagram preview to update the chord chart:
When tapping/clicking on an empty string section of the fretboard Song One will determine a new chord for the selected notes. All grey notes will disappear.

Customizing Piano Chord Diagrams

You may change the voicing of a specific piano chord diagram with the help of the virtual keyboard:
Access the virtual keyboard by tapping/clicking on the keyboard icon of the docked toolbar. (If the docked toolbar is not visible tap/click on the three dots in the right corner of the bottom toolbar.)
The virtual keyboard slides up.
To customize a piano chord diagram:
  • tap/click on the sustain pedal icon in the lower left corner of the virtual keyboard,
  • tap/click on the desired notes of the virtual keyboard,
  • tap/click on the desired chord symbol in the chord symbol pop-up menu (upper right corner),
  • tap/click on the icon in the lower left corner of the chord diagram preview to update the chord chart.
  • Learn how to create chord charts for a specific instrument and its tuning with the virtual fretboard.
  • Learn how to change the size and color of the diagrams with themes.
  • Learn how to auto-create chord diagrams with 'Smart Scroll' when the play mode is active.
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